Russia tests its "sovereign" Internet2019-12-25 17:21 by Daniela
Russia completed tests of its internal internet services yesterday to assess if they could continue to run if the country was cut off from the worldwide web. The exercises, which must take place at least once a year, are intended to enable Russian Internet traffic to be contained within Russian territory in case of a threat to the Russian segment of the World Wide Web. The tests came under a controversial law that took effect in November but is seen in some quarters as aimed at censorship.
Four federal telecom operators took part, with 18 attack scenarios: 12 involving signaling networks of the SS7 phone networking protocol and six the signaling networks of the Diameter protocol, one of the main protocols in 4G networks.
"It turned out that, in general, both the authorities and telecom operators are ready to effectively respond to possible risks and threats and ensure the functioning of the internet and the unified telecommunication network in Russia," Alexey Sokolov, deputy head of the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Communications, told Pravda.
Critics of the initiative have said that the Russian government would have a lot more control over the content being distributed and would be able to block content from the rest of the world from coming onto Runet. In the long term, Russia may seek to follow China's lead in developing indigenous alternatives to already popular web services.
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