Saturday, 23 February, 2019

Russian Federation prepping for U.S. cyber attack by turning off entire internet

Russia to disconnect from the internet as part of a planned test Russia plans to temporarily disconnect the entire country from the internet
Deanna Wagner | 12 February, 2019, 19:30

A draft law mandating technical changes needed to operate independently was introduced to its parliament past year.

Russian Federation is considering a plan to disconnect from the internet temporarily in order to determine how its cyber-defenses would fare in case of foreign aggression.

The draft law, entitled the Digital Economy National Programme, necessitates the country making sure its internet provision can continue to function in the event of external powers attempting to disable the country's service.

Some opposition figures were sceptical about the plan to temporarily disconnect from the global internet.

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.

They are also under orders to route internet traffic entering and leaving Russia through Russian-controlled gateways.

Ostensibly the goal of the legislation is to protect the Russian internet from the USA, which has an offensive cybersecurity strategy and lists Russia as one of the major sources of hacking attacks.

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While none of the root DNS servers are located in Russian Federation, copies of the internet's core "address book" already exist and the law in question calls for Russian Federation to operate its own version of the DNS system that could take over and operate in the event of an internet access cut off.

RBK reported that all internet providers agreed with the law's goals, but disagreed with its technical implementation, which they believe will cause major disruptions to Russian internet traffic.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and its allies have threatened to retaliate against Moscow's online aggression but are yet to take drastic action.

In March previous year, Putin's then-Internet adviser, German Klimenko, said Russian Federation would be prepared with its own segment of the Internet should Western countries seek to punish it by cutting off all access.

The Russian government has agreed to foot the bill and to cover the costs of ISPs modifying their infrastructure and installing new servers for redirecting traffic towards Roskomnazor's approved exchange point.

German Klimenko, Vladimir Putin's internet adviser, said a year ago that western countries could just "push a button" to disconnect Russian Federation from the global internet.