Russian Federation prepping for U.S. cyber attack by turning off entire internet

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The goal of the experiment is to provide feedback and gather insight on how the Russian national intranet would perform if severed from the main internet backbone, ZDNet reports.

It requires Russia's Internet providers to stay functional in the event the country gets cut off from worldwide internet.

Roskomnazor will inspect the traffic to block prohibited content and make sure traffic between Russian users stays inside the country, and is not re-routed uselessly through servers overseas, where it could be intercepted.

The government has agreed to provide funding towards these tests and goals, which are not now scheduled but are meant to take place before April 1.

The disconnect experiment is being overseen by Russia's Information Security Working Group; its members include Natalya Kaspersky, the co-founder of Kaspersky Lab, which has faced backlash overseas over allegations that the Russian government used Kaspersky Lab products to spy on computers.

The task force has been considering whether the country could completely disconnect itself from the global internet, Russian independent news agency RBC reported earlier. But it also is meant to test if all Russian internet traffic can be gathered and routed through a few points controlled by government sources.

But Russia's path toward an isolated local internet for some time.

Ongoing discussions are in regards to finding the proper technical methods to disconnect Russian Federation from the internet with minimal downtime to consumers and government agencies.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and its allies have threatened to sanction Russian Federation over the cyber-attacks and other online interference which it is regularly accused of instigating.

The Russian government is planning to temporarily shut down the Russian internet.

German Klimenko, Vladimir Putin's internet adviser, said past year that western countries could just "push a button" to disconnect Russian Federation from the global internet.

The proposed law, fully endorsed by President Putin, is expected to pass.

The Russian government has agreed to foot the bill and to cover the costs of ISPs modifying their infrastructure and installing new servers for redirecting traffic towards Roskomnazor's approved exchange point.

Critics say the bill would create an internet firewall similar to China's.

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