- Russian Security Council met in October to discuss an ‘independent internet’
- Would cover Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa with alternative DNS
- Currently, a global Domain Name System (DNS) is used to connect to internet
- While they cited security concerns, others suggest it could be used maliciously
The Russian government has revealed plans to develop an ‘independent internet’ that operates separately from the Domain Name System used worldwide.
During a recent meeting of the Russian Security Council, officials discussed an initiative to create an alternative to the DNS, claiming the move could protect Russia and a handful of other nations in the event of a large-scale cyberattack.
But, some suspect it could be a way for Russia to launch its own malicious operations, according to DefenseOne.
The independent internet would cover the ‘BRICS’ nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.
According to Russian news site RT, Russian President Vladimir Putin is targeting August 1, 2018 for its completion.
The alternative DNS is designed to protect the BRICS nations ‘in the event of global internet malfunctions.’
And, it would operate outside the control of international organizations.
The independent internet would give the BRICS national governments more control over their countries’ web use.
In the past, Russian officials have insisted that the nation is not looking to detach from the global internet, but instead protect it from ‘possible external influence.’
‘Russia’s disconnection from the global internet is of course out of the question,’ Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said in 2014, according to RT.
Full article: Russia plans to create an ‘independent internet’ by 2018 to protect it from ‘global internet malfunctions’ – but critics say the plan could make it easier to launch its own attacks (Daily Mail)