R ussy has a plan to temporarily isolate Internet servers from international servers and traffic. It's not about cybersecurity. Instead, it is a gamble intended to scare the West into thinking Russia is preparing for war.
Like the ZDNet reports, the test follows a law passed last December that Russian telecommunications companies need "… to install & # 39; technical ways & # 39; to redress all Internet traffic of Russia to exchange points approved or managed by Roskomnazor, Russian telecom Roscommon tracks traffic to block prohibited content and ensure that traffic between users Russian resident in the country, and does not re-crush on overseas servers, where it can handle.
The idea here is the practice of Russian Internet servers and traffic on Russian bases only foreign fighters will be prevented from launching cyberattacks against Russia during a conflict but this proposal is ridiculous for two simple reasons.
For a start, the U.S. and other potential Russian enemies have taken steps to eliminate any Russian effort to isolate its Internet servers. Like the U.S. step and Russia during the Cold War to ensure their nuclear firefighters were survived, the same is true of today's cyberwarfare platforms. The main point is the U.S. can easily enter Russian cybercommunity even if that community is localized to Russian servers. Russia knows this, but it also knows that this type of exercise can bring attention to Western media. That, Moscow hopes, Germany will be frightened in clash with the growing U.S., British, and French pressure on Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
But this practice is also absurd in that it will turn the Russian Internet into a major data transmission system rather than an exchange information system. The key here is that the Internet relies on global data flow to provide timely communication and information between different parties. To kill Russia from the world and expect to provide the same basic service will be like a cruise ship captain who is closing his radar, compass, GPS, and viewing and driving abilities in the north of the Atlantic Ocean. In other words, it will be dangerous and no significant benefit.
So yes, this cyberexercise of Russia deserves our attention. But not for what it is, rather than what Russia wants to say it.