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Russia is attempting to build its own ‘independent Internet’

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Russia may have its own independent internet infrastructure by August 1, 2018. That’s according to members of the Russian Security Council who reportedly discussed the creation of an alternative to the globally used Domain Name System or DNS.

While Russian officials cite national security concerns as their prime motivator, critics fear the state may use this system to conduct offensive cyber-attacks.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, heads the Cabinet meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo presidential residence outside Moscow on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)

According to Russian state media site RT, the move comes as a response to perceived U.S. and E.U. intervention. One of the members of the council reportedly stated, “The increased capacities of western nations to conduct offensive operations in the informational space as well as the increased readiness to exercise these capabilities pose a serious threat to Russia’s security.”

The proposed internet system known as BRICS would include the nations of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa respectively, and is designed to protect against “global internet malfunctions.”

Image BRIC leaders meet at a summit in 2012. Russia’s proposed alternative to the DNS would cover Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa’s internet structure. Photo courtesy of ForeignPolicy.com
BRICS leaders meet at a summit in 2012. Russia’s proposed alternative to the DNS would cover Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa’s internet structure. Photo courtesy of ForeignPolicy.com

While Russian officials cite national security concerns and a demand for internet autonomy, some industry insiders see the move as a facade for aggression. Critics like technologist Peter Singer worry the move may allow Russia the ability to launch their own cyber-attacks with less consequence.

“There is a deep irony in Russia citing the increased capabilities of Western nations doing attacks in the information space,” Singer told Defense One. “It is like the fake social media account of the pot calling the kettle fake.”

LIMA CHARLIE NEWS, with Mack DeGeurin

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