February 20, 2024

Testing Isolated Internet in the Murmansk Region

Testing Isolated Internet in the Murmansk Region

The bill on a sovereign Internet will come into force in a few weeks, but in certain regions of Russiahave already begun large-scale testing of new locking methods. "Lucky" was the Murmansk region.

Sovereign Internet launched in the Murmansk region

As usual, blocking technologies began to be implementedsecret from people, but vigilant users quickly noticed this. One of them decided to look at Rutreker to enjoy free content, but he was disappointed: the resource turned out to be inaccessible, despite the use of the GoodbyeDPI program (software that allows you to bypass DPI locks).

The user noted that a month ago everythingworked great. At what point did it stop — It’s not clear, but at the moment GoodbyeDPI is already powerless when using the Internet from Rostelecom. There have been no official comments from operators or Roskomnadzor, but users have already independently identified the most likely reasons.

Based on the logs of the GoodbyeDPI program,the user's ISP has switched to the complete blocking of forbidden links even inside the proxy, as a result of which it will not work around the restriction. Such an opportunity for the operator could appear after the introduction of EcoDPI from rdp.ru in the Murom region, due to which Rostelecom received a “full” DPI. Finally, the program recommends using a VPN or Tor browser to access the site.

It turns out that the Murom region has become somethingsort of like a testing ground for testing new blocking technologies envisioned by a sovereign internet. Soon similar measures await all of us, no matter what region of Russia we are in. However, residents of the Murom region can still access prohibited resources, but to do this they need to select more flexible software. Will this “loophole” be removed at the stage of mass implementation — unlikely, but this possibility should not be completely ruled out.

Previously, we wrote about the fact that the sovereign Internet was turned on in the Urals. At this rate, they will cover the whole of Russia even before the law comes into force.