Internet disruption in Russia coincided with the introduction of restrictions

Pierluigi Paganini March 12, 2021

Experts at the NetBlocks Internet Observatory observed this week a temporary disruption of internet service in Russia due to new restrictions.

On Wednesday 10 March 2021, researchers from Network data from the NetBlocks Internet Observatory observed the disruption of internet service provided by the Russian operator Rostelecom.

The partial disruption of the service coincided with the announcement of new restrictions by the telecoms watchdog Roskomnadzor.

Multiple operators were impacted by the activity, most impacted were mobile networks.

“The incident comes as Russian internet regulatory body Roskomnadzor announces protective measures to slow, or throttle, access to Twitter services citing an alleged failure by the company to remove harmful content over extended periods of time.” states the report published by Netblocks.

The link between the new restrictions and the disruption of internet services has yet to be demonstrated.

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Pierluigi Paganini

(SecurityAffairs – hacking, Russia)

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