Russian Federation plans to disconnect from global Internet for cyber-defense

A draft law mandating technical changes needed to operate independently was introduced to its parliament a year ago. ZDNet and BBC report that the law's first draft requires internet providers to cut off the internet from the rest of the world so Russian authorities can determine if Russia's internet network, Runet, can operate independently if it is ever disconnected through a cyberattack.

Russian Federation is planning to temporarily disconnect from the global Internet in the coming weeks as it tests its defenses against cyberattacks.

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.

It's not clear if this test will disrupt Internet connectivity inside Russian Federation or not but all Internet providers have agreed to participate.

It's supposed to take place sometime before April 1, as this is the last day for submitting amendments to the proposed law.

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

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Russian Federation has regularly been accused of cyber attacks on other nations and organisations.

Eventually the Russian government wants all domestic traffic to pass through these routing points.

While Russia has deftly used the internet to advance its own interests, it is apparently concerned about other countries deploying its own tactics, so it is preparing to "disconnect" from the internet, ZDNet reports.

Named the Digital Economy National Programme (DENP), measures include the creation of Russia's own internet address system so that its online access could continue if connections to worldwide servers were severed.

Russian Federation has been accused of using the internet to interfere in the electoral process of countries such as France and the United States. The Russian state is said to have been behind several large scale attacks on Western governments in recent years, using anonymous hacker groups such as APT 28, which is also known as Fancy Bear, as cover.

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