Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a security council meeting in Moscow, Friday, Jan. 1, 2019. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
Russia is planning to temporarily unplug from the internet as part of the country is the calling of a planned experiment.
According to a report from Russian news site RBC, the planned disconnection is intended to investigate whether the country led by Vladimir Putin is prepared for a bill that mandates a “sovereign” internet.
ZDNet reports that a draft of the law requires Russian internet service providers have to 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.
The legislation aims to prevent any aggression of the USA, which has listed Russia as a major source of cybersecurity attacks, according to the Guardian.
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However, some observers told the British publication that they believe the move is another step in the direction of the duplication of China’s Great Firewall that limits the access of that country’s internet users to content approved by the communist government in Russia.
Russia’s telecom watchdog, Roskomnazor, will inspect traffic to block prohibited content, and make sure that the traffic between the Russian internet-users are not re-forwarded to the servers from outside the country, according to ZDNet.
In 2017, Russian officials said they wanted to route 95 percent of all internet traffic locally by 2020, ZDNet added.
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Meanwhile the group of the NATO countries reportedly are considering a more aggressive response from the government-sponsored computer hacking and cyber-attacks.