Like much else about the country, Russia’s internet has long straddled East and West.
Russian citizens, unlike their Chinese counterparts, have been able to access US tech platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Google, though they have been subject to censorship and restrictions — the defining feature of China’s internet model.
But Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which has increasingly isolated the country in recent days, could also prove to be the death knell for its presence on the worldwide web.
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Ukraine conflict signals a more dangerous cyberspace
The U.S. government is buckling in for a long and arduous effort to counter the role Russian hackers might play in the Ukraine invasion.
An emergency $32.5 billion funding request the White House sent to Congress tells the story. It includes hundreds of millions of dollars for the Pentagon and State Department to aid Ukrainian cyber defenses, counter Russian disinformation and ramp up cyber protections among U.S. forces in Europe.