Russia Mulls Disconnecting From Internet In Test Of Cyberdefenses

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Russian Federation is shutting off its internet as part of a dramatic test to help it defend against devastating cyber attacks.

Russian Federation is preparing to detach itself from the rest of the world by briefly disconnecting from the internet, as it readies for future cyber warfare.

It requires Russia's Internet providers to stay functional in the event the country gets cut off from worldwide internet.

There is also the threat of censorship, as the system would be monitored by the state communications oversight agency Roskomnadzor, which is known for banning both extremist speech and criticism of the Kremlin.

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The disconnect experiment is being overseen by Russia's Information Security Working Group; its members include Natalya Kaspersky, the co-founder of Kaspersky Lab, which has faced backlash overseas over allegations that the Russian government used Kaspersky Lab products to spy on computers. This is similar to the Great Firewall of China, but with the ability to maintain independence with an isolated intranet if needed.

Finanz.ru also reported that local internet services Mail.ru and Yandex.ru were also supportive of the test disconnection.

Senior Russian officials have expressed increasing alarm that some form of disconnection may be forced upon them.

By carrying out this test, Russian Federation is believed to be one step closer to a situation in which all domestic internet service providers will have to direct data through state-controlled routers.

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The internet shutdown is part of a continuing effort on the part of the Russian Federation and President Vladimir Putin to allow the country's internet to operate independently.

Russian Federation is considering a brief hiatus from the global Internet as part of efforts to increase its digital defenses, according to the BBC.

According to the bill, "technical devices" will be installed in the Russian segment of the Internet to locate traffic sources.

"Also through this equipment, Roskomnadzor will block resources prohibited in Russian Federation (now operators do it themselves)", RBK reported.

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