Russia may unplug from the internet to test its cyberdefenses

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Russia and its main internet providers may be planning to disconnect the country from the internet.

The move would be part of an experiment to see whether its cyberdefenses could manage an attack from a foreign power, according to Russian outlet RBK. It would gather data as politicians assess the Digital Economy National Program, a draft law that would require the country’s internet providers to ensure that Russia’s internet can operate in isolation if a foreign power cuts it off.

Russia’s telecoms would have to re-route the country’s internet traffic to exchange points approved by Russian telecom watchdog Roskomnazor so it can block prohibited content and ensure traffic doesn’t pass through foreign servers.