Russia disconnected from internet in tests as controversial Russian spy ship Yantar, known for spying on underwater internet cables, leaves base | tech news

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Back in July 2021, the Russian government announced that it had successfully tested a nationwide alternative to the global internet, according to a Reuters report.

The tests, which involved all major Russian telecom companies, took place from June 15 to July 15 and were successful, Reuters reported, citing a source in the working group. Prof Alan Woodward, a computer scientist at the University of Surrey, said: “Unfortunately, the Russian travel direction is just another step in the increasing dissolution of the internet.”

Now that Russia is facing a raft of sanctions from Western nations, Ukraine has ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), the non-profit group that oversees Internet domain names and the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS), urged to cut off Russia from the core areas of the Internet. But ICANN rejected the call. ICANN CEO Göran Marby said the group must “maintain neutrality and act in support of the global internet.”

However, there was an unconfirmed report tonight that Russia will disconnect from the external internet starting March 11. All companies in Russia must have a .RU top-level domain extension and a Russian domestic server. Companies also have five days to comply. The announcement comes on the same day as another report from Open Source Intelligence.

According to Covert Shores, citing open source intelligence, the controversial Russian spy ship Yantar was sighted leaving its base today. Yantar is a special mission ship allegedly involved in spying on underwater internet cables. The disputed ship left Olenya Guba near the Kola Peninsula in Russia’s arctic north, Covert Shores reported.

According to Covert Shores, analysis of Sentinel-2 satellite imagery from March 6 shows her usual pier is empty. A ship that suits her can also be seen in the pictures on the high seas.

According to Russian sources, Yantar is called a “special ship” or “oceanographic ship”. In the west, however, the ship is considered a spy ship. “Their forte is in surveying underwater cables and potentially tapping, delousing, or sabotaging them,” wrote Covert Shores.

According to another Naval News report, Russia’s mysterious special survey ship Yantar is raising eyebrows after it was caught loitering near transatlantic undersea internet cables in Ireland in 2021. The ship has previously been seen in operations off Syria in the Persian Gulf, and by America. And elsewhere.

Yantar is described as ‘special ship‘ and a ‘Oceanographic Ship‘. The ship is operated by Russia’s secretive Main Directorate for Underwater Research (GUGI), which also operates Russia’s “special mission” (read “espionage”) submarines.

Every computer connected to the Internet is part of this global network, even the computer in your home. These underwater cables are the unseen force powering the modern internet, with funding coming from internet giants like Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon.

Today’s underwater cables are based on technology originally developed in 1858 when Cyrus West Field laid the first transatlantic telegraph cable. It only operated for three weeks, but subsequent attempts in 1865 and 1866 were more successful. Today, around 380 submarine cables are in operation around the world, stretching more than 1.2 million kilometers.


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