Russia ‘tried to cut off’ World Wide Web

Russia has run large scale experiments to test the feasibility of cutting the country off the World Wide Web, a senior industry executive has claimed.

The tests, which come amid mounting concern about a Kremlin campaign to clamp down on internet freedoms, have been described by experts as preparations for an information blackout in the event of a domestic political crisis.

Andrei Semerikov, general director of a Russian service provider called Er Telecom, said Russia’s ministry of communications and Roskomnadzor, the national internet regulator, ordered communications hubs run by the main Russian internet providers to block traffic to foreign communications channels by using a traffic control system called UPI.

  • David Murrell

    Murrell the non-computer person, but economist, here. Say Russia could conceivably shut the entire world internet down. Wouldn’t that trigger an economic calamity?

    But not to worry, Obama and Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau will be on top of the situation (sarc).

    • Clink9

      But I thought Putin was a nice guy?

    • El Martyachi

      It’s a story about people really. Perogiesphere hackers (in the original sense of the word) have enjoyed free reign since.. forever. If VVP’s popularity dips at some later date, they’d be a problem. Best to prepare now while he’s riding high.

    • Minicapt

      Step one: occupy New York City …