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Russia will DISCONNECT from the Internet to test cyber-war defences

Mirror logo Mirror 11/2/2019 Shivali Best
Vladimir Putin wearing a suit and tie © Credits: Getty Vladimir Putin

The idea of being disconnected from the internet will fill many people with dread, but for millions of people in Russia , it’s going to become a reality.

Russia is planning to disconnect from the internet to test its cyber-war defence systems , according to a report by the BBC .

During the test, data being passed by citizens and organisations will stay inside Russia, rather than being routed international.

Last year, a law describing the changes needed to allow Russia’s internet to operate independently was introduced.

The law, called the Digital Economy National Program, would requires Russia's Internet Service Providers (ISPs), to make sure they could operate, should foreign powers isolate Russia online. 

While this might sound far-fetched, Nato has previously threatened such a sanction over Russia, following several cyber-attacks by the country.

The law, which is still a draft, suggests that Russia needs to build its own version of the net’s address system, called a DNS.

a close up of a keyboard: Russia is planning to disconnect from the internet to test its cyber-war defence systems © Cultura RF Russia is planning to disconnect from the internet to test its cyber-war defence systems

However, of the 12 organisations that oversee the root servers for DNS, none are in Russia.

During the test, ISPs will also have to direct data to government-controlled routing points, to make sure no data is redirected to computers outside of Russia.

The test will take place sometime before April 1, although the exact timing remains unclear.

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