Russian Federation to disconnect from the internet to test its cyber defences

Russia to cut itself off global internet

The Great Russian Firewall: Putin to unplug his country from the internet

The test would ensure all data passing between the country's citizens and organisations can stay local rather than being routed internationally. The plan is reported to be scheduled form some time before April.

The bill envisages creation of infrastructure that would assure security and operability of Russian Internet resources in case of inaccessibility of national providers' connection to foreign root servers.

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.

You could say that this test is Russia's response to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation nations threatening Russian Federation with sanctions due to the country's cyber attacks against other countries, including the United States. As per the new DNS, the easier to remember domain names will be replaced by resources' numerical addresses, thereby safeguarding Russia' domains against potential attacks.

But experts have said developing such sweeping capabilities, if not impossible, would be extremely expensive and could lead to major disruptions in the functioning of the internet.

Russian Federation wants to be able to disconnect from the worldwide internet while keeping intact a local internet that would keep its citizens connected to local services and providers.

The legislation, which some Russian media have likened to an online "iron curtain", passed its first of three readings in the 450-seat lower chamber of parliament.

The draft law, which was approved by the government a year ago, makes sure it internet provision, known as Runet, can continue to operate even if it loses connection to worldwide servers.

According to a ZDNet report, the Russian government has been working on this project for a number of years.

The proposed law which enjoys the full support of President Vladimir Putin is expected to pass without any major hurdles.

While some critics have said Russian Federation is considering creating a China-style firewall, it would be cheaper and easier to adapt the North Korean model of a nationwide intranet, he said.

Some critics have expressed doubt whether it's even technically possible to sustain Russian Federation unplugging from the Internet.

Tech providers are planning to temporarily cut the Russian internet off from the World Wide Web amid attempts to increase government control of information flows.

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