Russian Federation may unplug from the internet to test its cyberdefenses

Russian Federation may unplug from the internet to test its cyberdefenses

Russian Federation may unplug from the internet to test its cyberdefenses

Russia is considering a plan to temporarily disconnect from the Internet as a way to gauge how the country's cyberdefenses would fare in the face of foreign aggression, according to Russian media.

The bill was introduced after the White House aired its worries over cyberattacks by Russia, China, and other countries a year ago, USA public broadcaster NPR writes.

Although no exact date has been set for the test it is due to happen before 1 April.

The announcement comes after a draft law called the Digital Economy National Program - which requires Russian internet service providers (ISPs) to make technical changes as the nation prepares for sanctions - was introduced to Russian parliament a year ago.

Russian Federation is accused of cyber attacks on other nations and organisations, including interference in Western elections and referendums. None of the 12 organizations that police the root servers for their net's address system (DNS) are in Russian Federation.

Currently, 12 organisations oversee the root servers for DNS and none of them are in Russian Federation. None of the 12 independent organizations that manage these servers are in Russian Federation, the BBC notes, but copies of the core address books are, so Russian Federation could stay connected in an emergency. The plan could mean that Russian telecom firms would have to provide internet exchange points that can be controlled by the national telecom watchdog, Roskomnadzor. These will act as filters so that internal traffic will continue to its destination, but foreign traffic will be cut off. The Lower House of Parliament passed in the first reading a law ensuring the security of the Russian part of the internet.

In 2017, Russian officials said they wanted to route 95 percent of all internet traffic locally by 2020, ZDNet added.

It's important to understand a little about how the internet works.

He said the Internet's "root servers" - which act as a sort of backbone structure - are located "in the Pentagon, in Nasa, in Amsterdam", while Russian authorities have no idea how traffic is routed even within Russia.

China's firewall is probably the world's best known censorship tool and it has become a sophisticated operation.

The bill also proposes installing network equipment that would be able to identify the source of web traffic and also block banned content.

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