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Russia Considers 'Unplugging' From Internet


Unplugging.

Russia is considering a brief disconnection from the worldwide Internet to test its cyber defenses

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Russia is considering a brief disconnection from the worldwide Internet to test its cyber defenses, so that data shared between citizens and organizations remains in Russia, rather than being routed globally.

Last year, Russia's parliament was presented a draft law, the Digital Economy National Program, mandating Russian Internet service providers (ISPs) guarantee that the country's Internet infrastructure can function independently should foreign powers attempt to isolate Russia online.

The law outlines construction of Russia's own version of the Domain Name System, so it can keep operating if links to internationally based servers are severed.

The test aims to have ISPs demonstrate they can channel data to government-controlled routing points, which will filter traffic so information sent between Russians reaches its destination, while any directed to foreign computers is discarded.

The Russian government ultimately wants all domestic traffic to go through these routing points.

From BBC News
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