Friday, 15 February, 2019

Russian Federation prepping for USA cyber attack by turning off entire internet

Preliminary Draw of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia Russian President Vladimir Putin has been accused of employing state-sponsored cyber espionage
Melinda Barton | 12 February, 2019, 22:54

The planned unplugging is part of a cyber war-gaming exercise to make sure Russian Federation can still operate even if it is disconnected from outside its borders.

Past year a draft law allowing technical changes so that Russia could operate independently was introduced to the Russian parliament.

Those behind the legislation say the aim is to create "defence mechanisms to ensure the long-term stable function of internet networks in Russia" in the event the U.S. takes any action in cyberspace to threaten them.

Ostensibly the goal of the legislation is to protect the Russian internet from the USA, which has an offensive cybersecurity strategy and lists Russia as one of the major sources of hacking attacks. The end goal is for Russian authorities to implement a web traffic filtering system like China's Great Firewall, but also have a fully working country-wide intranet in case the country needs to disconnect.

Senior Russian officials have expressed increasing alarm that some form of disconnection may be forced upon them.

Andrei Klishas, a senator and one of the authors of the draft bill, which was approved in its first reading in parliament on Tuesday, said the government had already earmarked 20bn roubles to cover the costs of ensuring Russia's cybersecurity in the event of foreign aggression.

The effort is meant to ensure the country can operate online in the event that it becomes isolated by foreign powers.

But Artem Kozlyuk, head of Russian digital rights NGO RosKomSvoboda, told Euronews the new bill was just one more layer of censorship from the government, which will end up costing consumers more money for internet services and risks further isolating them from the outside world.

Kozlyuk also warned of Russian Federation isolating itself from the rest of the world with the proposed plan. "This is a path towards isolating Russian Federation as a whole. from the internet".

Russian Federation has been accused of using the internet to interfere in the electoral process of countries such as France and the United States.