Russian authorities and major telecom operators are preparing to disconnect the country from the world wide web as part of an exercise to prepare for future cyber attacks, Russian news agency RosBiznesKonsalting (RBK) reported last week.
The purpose of the exercise is to develop a threat analysis and provide feedback to a proposed law introduced in the Russian Parliament last December. Continue reading →
In actuality, it sounds more like a dry run for when the lights go out worldwide after a large scale attack on America’s infrastructure. People will naturally see this as a communist “clamp down on freedoms” as the article describes, however, this could be a test of insulation as opposed to isolation. It would be simple case of making an attack, cutting off the internet and shielding yourself.
Russia has run large scale experiments to test the feasibility of cutting the country off the World Wide Web, a senior industry executive has claimed.
The tests, which come amid mounting concern about a Kremlin campaign to clamp down on internet freedoms, have been described by experts as preparations for an information blackout in the event of a domestic political crisis.