Russian Federation is considering "unplugging" itself from the global Internet temporarily as part of a test to avoid cyber-attacks, local media reported.
The rather odd decision by Vladimir Putin's country to prepare to close off its internet connections from the outside world comes in response to what local news agency RosBiznesKonsalting* (RBK) described as a new draft law "on a sustainable Runet". Any traffic that leaves Russian Federation would be forced to go thorough registered exchange points, subject to regulation by the state communications regulator Roskomnadzor. Natalya Kaspersky, Director of Russian cyber-security firm InfoWatch, and co-founder of Kaspersky Lab, presides over the group, which also includes major Russian telcos such as MegaFon, Beeline, MTS, RosTelecom, and others. This is similar to the Great Firewall of China, but with the ability to maintain independence with an isolated intranet if needed. ZDNet reports that corporate support for the project is strong but that there are questions and divisions over how best to accomplish it. Russian Federation publicly stated in 2017 that it wishes to be capable of routing 95 percent of its communication through local services by 2020. "Moreover, the methods of its implementation have not yet been precisely defined". RBC cites an estimate of 134bn roubles (£1.5bn) to compensate telecom operators each year, plus another 25bn roubles to create the register of exchanges required by Roskomnadzor. The draft law is undergoing its second reading.
Russian Federation is planning to briefly disconnect from cyberspace to test its cyber-defences. The president famously once called the internet a "CIA project".
The network test is meant to ensure that the Russian internet can operate if cut off.
Cardi B Defends Her Grammy Win in Expletive-Filled Video
After being named the Grammy victor at the 61st annual ceremony, Cardi accepted the trophy alongside her Migos rapper husband, 27. And the very next day Cardi B was not only showing off her battle scars but also engaged in a war of words.
The bill, co-authored by Andrei Lugovoi - one of the main suspects in the 2006 murder of Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko in the United Kingdom - passed its first reading in the lower house of parliament on Tuesday by 334 votes to 47.
Russian Federation is considering a brief hiatus from the global Internet as part of efforts to increase its digital defenses, according to the BBC. "In this situation we should be thinking how to grow potatoes in a nuclear winter, and not about the internet". "This is a path towards isolating Russian Federation as a whole. from the internet".
Russia has tried, so far with extremely limited success, to block Telegram, a popular encrypted messaging service, but its use continues to be widespread, including among some senior Russian government officials who are reported to use VPNs to circumvent the ban.