Russian government and local telecommunications providers developing Internet “kill switch” that would disconnect Russian Internet from rest of world

March 11, 2019

  • Internet Kill Switch – Russian news agency RosBiznesKonsaltin reported Russian authorities and major Internet providers are developing Internet “kill switch” that would disconnect country from global Internet
  • Part of New Law – Proposed law, called Digital Economy National Program, introduced in Russian Parliament in December 2018 requires local Internet providers to ensure independence of country’s Internet in case foreign players plan to disconnect country
  • Regulated Internet – Providers should also re-route all Russian internet traffic to exchange points approved or managed by Roskomnazor, Russia's telecom watchdog, enabling it to block prohibited content
  • Testing – Date for testing Internet “kill switch” said to occur before April 1, when amendments to law should be submitted
  • Parties Involved – Testing agreed upon by Information Security Working Group chaired by Natalya Kaspersky, Director of Russian cyber-security firm InfoWatch and co-founder of Kaspersky Lab, and major Russian telecommunications firms such as MegaFon, Beeline, MTS, RosTelecom, and others in January 2019
  • Background – Project said to be at work for years, all while NATO countries announced tougher cyberwarfare on state sponsored hackers, with Russian government officials saying they plan to route 95% of all internet traffic locally by 2020

Image Source: Pixabay

Image Source: Pixabay

Sectors: Government (excluding military), Telecommunications
Organizations: MegaFon, PJSC VimpelCom, MTS, Rostelecom

Original Publication Date: February 11, 2019

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