- So, Russia disconnecting itself from the web means
..they must be planning how to disable the rest of the web and leave themselves unaffected?
Russian authorities and major internet providers are planning to disconnect the country from the internet as part of a planned experiment, Russian news agency RosBiznesKonsalting (RBK) reported last week.
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The reason for the experiment is to gather insight and provide feedback and modifications to a proposed law introduced in the Russian Parliament in December 2018.
A first draft of the law mandated that Russian internet providers should ensure the independence of the Russian internet space (Runet) in the case of foreign aggression to disconnect the country from the rest of the internet.
In addition, Russian telecom firms would also have to install “technical means” to re-route all Russian internet traffic to exchange points approved or managed by Roskomnazor, Russia’s telecom watchdog.Posted 6 months agomolgripsSubscriber
Aside from that I don’t think Russians actually contribute much to what we see online
That’s cos you speak English and most of them speak Russian. There’s more out there than just the Anglophone world.
It’s interesting though that the way that the internet is designed allows for stuff like this.Posted 6 months agosomoukSubscriber
They’re basically saying they want as much control as China has over its internet connections.
They won’t be able to shut down the rest of the internet and keep running themselves, they can isolate themselves but wouldn’t have the capacity in their transit links to be able to attack the whole rest of the internet.Posted 6 months agospekkieMember
Having used the internet to cause chaos in the western world for the past few years, they want to ensure the roles can’t be reversed.
They need not have worried. The western world now has more important things to worry about than flooding Russia with divisive propaganda.Posted 6 months agowillardMember
It’s also possible that they are trying to work out a way of protecting themselves from cyber attacks the likes of which were experienced by Estonia and Georgia (and Crimea). Estonia managed to avoid a lot of the stuff because they _could_ disconnect themselves from the rest of the world and that was judge to be less damaging than letting the attacks continue.
This approach could make sense if they see ‘cyber’ as a legit attack vector in some sort of military or civil action. Like, for example, invading Crimea or taking South Ossetia.Posted 6 months agosomoukSubscriber
Intrigued to know if they can actually do this.
Technically it is easy to do as you just control the routers that peer out of the country and who they peer with. Alter the BGP peering on those to stop advertising things outside of your own country and you’re laughing.Posted 6 months ago
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