Russia could be about to pull the plug on the global internet and sever itself from the rest of the world in a report by Tech Times.
An unverified tweet has been making waves, claiming the country will remove itself from the international online community on March 11.
A post from Belarus-based media outfit Nexta, has made the claim, suggesting that all companies wanting to keep an online presence there will need to shift to domestic servers.
‘Russia began active preparations for disconnection from the global Internet,’ the tweet reads.
‘No later than March 11, all servers and domains must be transferred to the Russian zone. In addition, detailed data on the network infrastructure of the sites is being collected.’
#Russia began active preparations for disconnection from the global Internet
No later than March 11, all servers and domains must be transferred to the #Russian zone. In addition, detailed data on the network infrastructure of the sites is being collected. pic.twitter.com/wOCdRqOJej
— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) March 6, 2022
The claim has made the rounds on social media, with another account claiming it is in preparation for cyber attacks against the US.
‘Russia will disconnect from external internet starting March 11,’ posted an unverified Twitter user with the username Black Swan.
‘All companies in Russia are required to get on a ‘.ru. address and Russian domestic server. Business have 5 days to comply. Cyber attacks on US inbound…’
BREAKING: RUSSIA WILL DISCONNECT FROM EXTERNAL INTERNET STARTING MARCH 11. ALL COMPANIES IN RUSSIA ARE REQUIRED TO GET ON A ".RU" ADDRESS AND RUSSIAN DOMESTIC SERVER. BUSINESS HAVE 5 DAYS TO COMPLY. Cyber attacks on US inbound…
— Black Swan (@RetirementRight) March 7, 2022
Russia was already cut off from big tech companies last week Friday and now this response to the move has some worried. “I am very afraid of this,” said Mikhail Klimarev, executive director of the Internet Protection Society, which advocates for digital freedoms in Russia. “I would like to convey to people all over the world that if you turn off the Internet in Russia, then this means cutting off 140 million people from at least some truthful information. As long as the Internet exists, people can find out the truth. There will be no Internet — all people in Russia will only listen to propaganda,” reported Washington Post.
Microsoft and Apple banned all of their services in Russia. Additionally, internet backbone provider, Cogent Communications cut its ties with Russian clients that include the state-backed telecom giant Rostelecom and Russian search engine Yandex. In addition, it was serving MegaFon and VEON, two of Russia’s largest mobile carriers.