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Russia plans to completely disconnect itself from the internet to see what happens

By William Gayde · 29 replies
Feb 11, 2019
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  1. The goal of the whole experiment is to gather information and provide potential amendments for the Digital Economy National Program, a piece of legislation put before the Russian parliament. In addition to being able to disconnect from the broader internet, the proposed law also requires ISPs to install equipment to reroute all Russian traffic through the Roskomnazor, the government body that is responsible for censorship and tracking the online activities of Russian citizens.

    They want the ability to inspect traffic and ensure it is not routed outside of Russia. This is similar to the Great Firewall of China, but with the ability to maintain independence with an isolated intranet if needed.

    A country-wide test like this has never been done before, so Russian telecoms are eager to see what will happen. It's not clear if this test will disrupt internet connectivity inside Russia or not but all internet providers have agreed to participate.

    Russia did create a local DNS backup, so theoretically, Russians should still be able to access sites hosted within Runet (the Russian internet).

    Russia service providers as a whole have been working towards this disconnect for several years but are still unsure of exactly how to perform the disconnect to minimize downtime.

    Putin is expected to sign the program into law but wants to make sure everything will happen according to plan. The government has also agreed to pay for the additional infrastructure needed to reroute traffic appropriately.

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  2. fps4ever

    fps4ever TS Guru Posts: 295   +280

    Yeah, good luck with that Putin...
  3. toooooot

    toooooot TS Evangelist Posts: 750   +366

    Memes will die
  4. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,397   +2,934

    LOL, Russia is the aggressor.
    syrious01 likes this.
  5. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,900   +3,346

    Russia produces like what, 0.0001% of internet content? If anything it's a boon to the world when their internet is down.
    mcborge likes this.
  6. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing - click on the rock below.. Posts: 3,970   +1,174

    Will this affect my copy of STALKER?
  7. jonny888

    jonny888 TS Booster Posts: 58   +61

    From a purely scientific perspective of "what if?" it's probably quite interesting. But you have to wonder and worry slightly about the kind of mentality that believes something like this might be necessary in the near future. I'm sure some will argue that pro-active defence is better than reactive and serves as justification, but still. Not exactly a step towards world peace.
  8. trparky

    trparky TS Evangelist Posts: 512   +404

    Hey Russia. Why don't you disconnect from the global Internet and... not reconnect after the test is done. Heck, while you're at it give all the IPv4 addresses that you won't be using on the global Internet; we would have good use for them.
    Alex Lahuta likes this.
  9. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,108   +1,583

    And that's all porn. :p

    HOWEVER, will be nice not to have Russian hackers trying to scam anything and everything via the internet for a while.
    DaveBG, psycros and Evernessince like this.
  10. Rock Dirty

    Rock Dirty TS Rookie

    "agreed to participate"

    psycros likes this.
  11. Alex Lahuta

    Alex Lahuta TS Rookie

    STALKER was produced by a Ukrainian company
    Sausagemeat likes this.
  12. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,274   +522

    Does this mean I can stop blocking *.ru at my firewall? Really though, this would be an interesting experiment. I wonder if they will publish some honest results after they've done this.
  13. Slappy McPhee

    Slappy McPhee TS Addict Posts: 153   +81

    I am seriously hoping that you are saying this as a troll because they are the origin of a fair amount of internet traffic with their rebroadcasting of legitimate content at a fairly moderate level. case is point is original YouTube content being stolen from the platform and then re-uploaded on various other sites, be them Russian or otherwise. Then there is all of the pirated content they serve up and lastly the hacking bandwidth they produce.
    Evernessince likes this.
  14. PEnnn

    PEnnn TS Enthusiast Posts: 74   +73

    The US, Japan, and some other uber-connected nations will never have this experiment. Otherwise, they will have zombie millennials walking around in a daze..... something approaching the zombie apocalypse!!
  15. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,661   +2,415

    Obama wanted the capability to not only isolate the US Internet but also switch it off entirely. Rumor says he got calls from the bigwigs at Google and other tech barons suggesting it would not be in his best interest, so to speak. Personally I don't see the point in Russia trying to further isolate its people - their just going to create new ways to circumvent the security because their very good at that. I think its almost genetic after decades of communist repression. Meanwhile the Free World (or what's left of it) will have an easier time of securing its electronic infrastructure since they will be able to concentrate more on China.
  16. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,779   +3,906

    Are we absolutely certain Russia hasn't annexed the Ukraine completely as of now?
  17. quadibloc

    quadibloc TS Booster Posts: 63   +29

    Given the types of content of which they produce more than 0.0001%, it's even more of a boon...
  18. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,779   +3,906

    In reality, a good portion of the best looking "erotic art models", are from Russia. They've been perfecting the breed in the Caucasus and Ural valleys for going nigh on 40,000 years.

    Not to mention very few of them deface themselves with those tacky, ugly, and potentially harmful breast implants

    So here's to hoping they at least allow that part of their content to be smuggled out on flash drives.
    IAMTHESTIG and JaredTheDragon like this.
  19. JaredTheDragon

    JaredTheDragon TS Guru Posts: 564   +374

    Easily the most truthful comment on the site this month. Or year.
    IAMTHESTIG likes this.
  20. Reachable

    Reachable TS Evangelist Posts: 369   +183

    It's not hard to imagine that there are other countries who have mused about this idea and may actually have a secret system in place. Of course it's based on extreme paranoia, but so is practically every defense project.
    Underdog likes this.
  21. miciyu

    miciyu TS Rookie

    Many commenters here fail to acknowledge that a country's government that is bold enough to unplug its whole population from the outside world would also be bold enough to keep its international hackers active. One does not exclude the other.

    Yeah, keep hoping that when another digital iron curtain appears, you'll be free from Russian hackers!
  22. koblongata

    koblongata TS Addict Posts: 181   +56

    They will be fine... with the fact that they have massive land resources, they can still just keep digging into the ground to extract and sell oil, natural gases and such to the modern world and use that money to buy modern technologies from the modern world, just like what they have always been doing for centuries...
  23. syrious01

    syrious01 TS Rookie Posts: 24   +18

    So much for GTA Online lol.
  24. Gus Fring

    Gus Fring TS Rookie Posts: 17

    It would be naive to believe that only Russia employs state hackers .. who do you think implanted bugs in IRAN (scada) MOssad+ much help CIA . Its where world commerce is transacted , also information is not sipped but slurped by many commercial + Gov orgs. This sort of thing has probably been done already .. how about those anchors snapping the only F/O cable to XXXX ?? study the results without disturbing your own ppl. ...
  25. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,176   +642

    Speaking of Russian troll farms, it'll be interesting to see which accounts go dark and which do not. I'm sure the NSA will be paying attention, since it'll tell them which ones are definitely based inside of Russia and which are not.
    JamesSWD likes this.

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