Great Firewall fears as Russian Federation plans to cut itself off from internet

Nellie Chapman
February 12, 2019

Officials will use the test to gather information and provide feedback on a proposed law introduced by the state in December 2018, according to Russian news agency RosBiznesKonsalting (RBK).

The test, due to be held before 1 April, will keep all data circulating between Russian citizens and organisations within the country's borders rather than passing through worldwide routes.

A first draft of the law mandated that Russian internet providers should ensure the independence of the Russian internet space (Runet) in the case of foreign aggression to disconnect the country from the rest of the internet.

Roskomnazor will inspect the traffic to block prohibited content and make sure traffic between Russian users stays inside the country, and is not re-routed uselessly through servers overseas, where it could be intercepted.

A test related to a draft law aimed at making Russian Federation more digitally independent could be carried out before April 1, the BBC reports, but no exact date has been set.

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

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As a result, the Russian government began working on defence tactics years ago.

Called the Digital Economy National Program, the draft law also requires that Russia's internet service providers (ISPs) can ensure they can operate in the event of a cyber-attack.

This comes after repeated threats from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to sanction Russian Federation for being behind several cyberattacks.

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.

Russia's telecom watchdog, Roskomnazor, will inspect traffic to block prohibited content and make sure that traffic between Russian internet users is not re-routed to servers outside of the country, according to ZDNet. This is similar to the Great Firewall of China, but with the ability to maintain independence with an isolated intranet if needed.

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