Sat. Jan 23rd, 2021

Russia Considers ‘Unplugging’ From the Internet

As a cyber defensive method, the Russian government will reportedly perform a trial run that would effectively cut the country off from the rest of the world’s web. The test means that data passing between Russian citizens and organizations will stay inside of the nation rather than being routed internationally.


This test the result of the Digital Economy National Program, a draft law that would require internet service providers to remain functional if the country was cut off from the worldwide internet. Under this plan, Russian ISPs would redirect web traffic to routing points within the country and rely on its own copy of the Domain Name System (DNS), the directory of domains and addresses that underpins the global internet.


The test is expected to happen by April 1st, but no exact date has been set. If it is successful, this measure will allow Russia to operate its own state-controlled internet and cut itself off from the rest of the world as it sees fit.