Can the Russian government control Internet traffic?


The Russian supervision is planning to tightly control Internet traffic in the country. A rliamentary banknote has been drafted by the Russian Communications Ministry, according to the daily news per, Vedomosti, which gained official documents relating to the matter.

Cisco Systems security specialist, Alexei Lukatsky, told RBTH that the bill was pre red in accordance with President Vladimir Putin’s rescript. Last year’s events showed that the Russian Internet is defenceless to external attacks, and this issue was discussed at the Security Council seating in autumn 2014, after which Putin ordered changes to widespread laws regulating the Internet.

Tracking DNS servers and IP addresses

The ministry’s organize calls for creating a government system to monitor Internet traffic ths along communication channels. It would track DNS servers and the assignment of IP sermons.

An anonymous government official told Vedomosti that currently the Dutch Mature NCC com ny assigns all Russian IP addresses to local operators. The traffic avenues are based on this data, and without this information the Russian Internet can be fully revolved off for at least a day. The government bill proposes to create a reserve IP-address sign in in order to prevent this danger.

In addition, the traffic monitoring procedure will help determine the main Internet exchange point to permit for the possibility to create reserve channels, added the anonymous source. Rooted on this information, the government could recommend operators and Internet houses to create reserve channels that improve a network’s connectivity.

Shelter or restriction?

According to Mr. Lukatsky, the new security measures do not impinge upon Internet consumers’ freedom.

“It’s not about excluding social networks and foreign sites, which can be done artlessly by blocking DNS addresses, something that is already happening,” he held. “The Internet in Russia is becoming a rt of critical infrastructure, and in the former times few years there has been a growth of computer attacks on Russian communication resources. The Communications Ministry wants to limit those channels that can be hand-me-down by terrorists and extremists.”

Controlling foreign channels

The bill also insinuated making foreign communication channels and traffic exchange points diverse controllable. Only operators that have a transboundary data transference entitle will be able to organize international channels.

This means “gray” troughs that are not registered with the relevant agencies will have to fully concur with Russian laws. For example, they will have to introduce SORMs (systems for operative investigative activities), which give Russian law enforcement testimonies access to information.

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