Russia recently took the world by surprise when it announced its intention to test the country’s Internet infrastructure against a ‘case of foreign aggression to disconnect the country from the rest of the Internet’. This is apparently in response to a law proposed in late 2018, which seeks to ensure the nation’s Internet infrastructure is able to function with only domestic resources available. There is no firm confirmation of what precise shape this experiment will take, or indeed if it will merely be a paper exercise. However, if the media reports are to be believed, an experiment of this scale will require the participation of major Internet service providers within Russia.
While testing for contingencies is common in our industry, the scale of this potential experiment would have to be massive and warrants additional thought about its potential impact, also for entities outside of Russia. Cyberwar is not a new