Russia Plans to Test a Kill Switch to Disconnect the Country from the Internet

The Russian government is reportedly planning to perform a trial run of a measure to effectively cut off the country from the world’s internet.

Russia introduced its Digital Economy National Program last year, a plan that requires Russian internet providers to remain online even if the country is cut off from worldwide internet. Under the plan, Russian internet providers will redirect online traffic to points within the country relying on its own copy of the Domain Name System.

The measure, if successful, will allow Russia to operate its own internet and cut itself off from the world as it sees fit. While the test date is not yet known, it’s expected to happen before April 1, the final day lawmakers can propose amendments to program.



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