Wednesday, 29 November 2017 09:51

Russia hints it may build its own DNS


Russia has hinted that it may build its own domain name system by August next year, citing US control of the current infrastructure as the reason for doing so.

The Russian Security Council told the government to develop the infrastructure for use by BRICS countries — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — the RT website reported.

The DNS system currently in use is under the control of ICANN.

Members of the council observed that “the increased capabilities 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".

Three years ago, Russia conducted an exercise to test whether global Internet services could be switched off and replaced by a Russian back-up system.

Dmitry Peskov, press secretary to Russian Secretary Vladimir Putin, said: "Russia’s disconnection from the global Internet is of course out of the question."

But, he added, "recently, a fair share of unpredictability is present in the actions of our partners both in the US and the EU, and we [Russia] must be prepared for any turn of events".

“We all know who the chief administrator of the global Internet is," Peskov said. "And due to its volatility, we have to think about how to ensure our national security.

"It’s not about disconnecting Russia from the World Wide Web", but about “protecting it from possible external influence".

The US website Defence One quoted technologist Peter Singer as saying: "There is a deep irony in Russia citing the increased capabilities of Western nations doing attacks in the informational space. It is like the fake social media account of the pot calling the kettle fake."

Sam Bendett, an associate research analyst with the Centre for Naval Analyses’ Russia Studies Programme and a fellow in Russia Studies at the American Foreign Policy Council, was quoted as saying: "Russia has been increasing spending on both IT software and hardware for its military, creating domestic microchips, smart phones, notebooks and now closed Internet for the Armed Forces.

"These efforts were facilitated by the government and [Ministry of Defence] eager to wean themselves off the dependence on high-tech imports.”

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