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

12 February 2019

In the short term the planned disconnection is largely meant to assuage the fears of domestic internet service providers that the draft legislation could impose huge costs on them and harm the reliability of the Russian internet.

This means that data from its own organisations and users would stay within Russian Federation, rather than being distributed globally.

The plan is part of a draft law, called Digital Economy National Program, which was submitted to Russia's parliament past year, BBC News reports, citing Russian media.

Proponents say the bill will increase the security and stability of Russian internet in the event of foreign meddling.

But some officials think the voice that western countries will cut off Russia's network is very ridiculous, instead, the Russian government will do it automatically in emergency to eliminate the negative impacts on the nation.

The test would involve temporarily unplugging from the global network and routing all data within the country instead of through worldwide servers.

According to Kozlyuk, internet pre-filtering centres will also be introduced and the Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (also known as the Roskomnadzor ) will be able to regulate traffic routing.

"Theoretically, the U.S has the ability to cut off Russia's Internet connectivity from outside, but there is no precedent to trace worldwide", said the team leader of Ru-center, one of Russia's largest domain name registrars and hosting providers.

However, Kozlyuk does not believe this project is at the same level as China's Golden Shield because the infrastructure implemented is not the same.

In 2017, officials said 95 percent of all internet traffic will be routed locally by 2020.

Potential sources of the online foreign aggression that Russia evidently fears so much are not hard to find: only yesterday British defence secretary Gavin Williamson announced in a speech that the United Kingdom will be spending more of its defence budget on "offensive cyber capabilities" (otherwise called "hacking"), while North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has not been shy of publicly confronting Russian aggression, online and offline, with similar moves to improve what could be called its cyber-deterrent.

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