Bill on Cheburnet, autonomous Runet, passed first reading in State Duma

Bill on Cheburnet, autonomous Runet, passed first reading in State Duma

Bill on Cheburnet, autonomous Runet, passed first reading in State Duma

ZDNet and BBC report that the law's first draft requires internet providers to cut off the internet from the rest of the world so Russian authorities can determine if Russia's internet network, Runet, can operate independently if it is ever disconnected through a cyberattack.

Roskomnazor will inspect the traffic to block prohibited content and make sure traffic between Russian users stays inside the country, and is not re-routed uselessly through servers overseas, where it could be intercepted.

Although no exact date has been set for the test it is due to happen before 1 April.

Why? The aim is to find out whether a proposed new Russian law works.

The Russian government will provide funding for ISPs to update their infrastructure so they can bypass all global servers. And the law's authors have been specific about who it aims to counter: They classify the bill as a response to "the aggressive character of the United States strategy on national cybersecurity passed in September 2018".

The draft law, which was approved by the government past year, makes sure it internet provision, known as Runet, can continue to operate even if it loses connection to global servers.

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Authors of the initiative say Russian Federation must ensure the security of its networks after US President Donald Trump unveiled Washington's new cybersecurity strategy a year ago, which threatened to respond to any cyber attack both offensively and defensively. According to BBC, Russia's own DNS system already has a backup of the core address book maintained by the worldwide DNS root servers.

The law has drawn comparisons to the Great Firewall internet restrictions in China, which blocks certain keywords and blacklists sites such as Facebook.

Russian telecom providers must incorporate "technical solutions" to enable internet traffic to pass via points approved by or owned by Roskomnadzor, the Russian telecom watchdog. The government has also agreed to pay for the additional infrastructure needed to reroute traffic appropriately.

Russian Federation is planning to briefly disconnect from cyberspace to test its cyber-defences.

Russian Federation is making preparations to detach itself from the rest of the world by temporarily disconnecting from the internet, as it prepares for future cyber warfare.

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