Sumary of Russia disconnected from global internet in tests – RBC daily:
- MOSCOW: Russia managed to disconnect from the global internet during tests in June and July, the RBC daily reported on Thursday, citing documents from the working group tasked with improving Russia’s internet security.
- Russia adopted legislation, known as the “sovereign internet” law, in late 2019 that seeks to shield the country from being cut off from foreign infrastructure, in answer to what Russia called the “aggressive nature” of the United States’ national cyber security strategy.
- The legislation tightened Moscow’s control over the global network and caused consternation among free speech activists, who feared the move would strengthen government oversight of the country’s cyberspace.
- Another RBC source said the capability of physically disconnecting the Russian part of the internet was tested.
- It was not immediately clear how long the disconnection lasted or whether there were any noticeable disruptions to internet traffic.
- The legislation seeks to route Russian web traffic and data through points controlled by state authorities and build a national Domain Name System to allow the internet to continue working even if Russia is cut off.