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Russia Faces Internet Outage due to Domain Issue


Wed 31 Jan 2024 | 01:37 AM
Fiber optic cables, hub and copper Ethernet cables in switches inside a communications room at an office in London, UK Source: Bloomberg
Fiber optic cables, hub and copper Ethernet cables in switches inside a communications room at an office in London, UK Source: Bloomberg
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Russia is facing a widespread internet outage that has affected users across the country, with access to websites on the .ru domain being disrupted, according to Bloomberg.

The Russian Digital Ministry said in a statement on Telegram on Tuesday that the matter is related to a technical problem in the DNSSEC security extensions for the .ru domain, which are used to secure data exchanged in Internet Protocol networks.

The ministry said later on Tuesday that the problem had been resolved and internet access had been restored.

Websites were affected, including the most popular local search engine Yandex, e-commerce companies Ozon.ru and Wildberry.ru, and applications of the country's largest banks, such as Sberbank and VTB Group, according to the state-run RIA agency, citing traffic monitoring site Down Radar.

Internet outages were reported in Moscow, the Moscow region, St. Petersburg, Tatarstan, and the Sverdlovsk and Novosibirsk regions, RIA said.

It is expected that access to websites with the .ru domain will be restored soon, according to the ministry’s statement.