Russia is set to DISCONNECT from the internet temporarily as part of preparations for a potential cyber war

Monday, February 11, 2019
By Paul Martin

Brief test ‘disconnecting’ Russia from the internet set to take place before April 1
Reports claim move is part of preparations for a potential cyber-war in the future
Russia has been accused of carrying out a series of cyber-attacks in recent years, prompting NATO and its allies to threaten the country with sanctions

By JULIAN ROBINSON
DAILYMAIL.COM
11 February 2019

Russia is set to disconnect from the internet temporarily as part of preparations for a potential cyber-war in the future, it has been claimed.

The test – set to take place before April – will see data passing between organisations and Russian citizens remain inside the country instead of being routed internationally.

It comes after a law was introduced to Russia’s parliament last year mandating technical changes required to allow Russia’s internet to operate independently.

April 1 has reportedly been set as the deadline for submitting amendments to the draft law – dubbed the Digital Economy National Program – but the timing of the test has yet to be set in stone, it has been reported.

Under the law, Russia’s internet service providers (IPSs) would be required to ensure the independence of the country’s Runet internet space should foreign powers attempt to isolate the nation online.

Russia has been accused of carrying out a series of cyber-attacks in recent years, prompting NATO and its allies to threaten sanctions.

The country’s ISPs are said to be broadly supportive of the goals of the law but disagree over how it could be implemented.

There are, however, fears among the providers that such a test could also cause ‘major disruption’, according to ZDNet.

The law could also see Russia creating its own version of the internet’s address system, or DNS, with the idea being it could still operate if links to servers located abroad are disconnected.

A dozen organisations oversee the root servers for DNS – none of them based in Russia, the BBC reports.

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