Russian Central Bank communication system fails after Kremlin attempts to shut down Google services

The Russian Central Bank experienced a failure of its electronic systems a few days after the Russian media watchdog, Roskomnadzor, stepped up efforts to block VPNs and attempted to limit the work of a number of Google services.

Bank channels through which they interact with the Central Bank became unstable on Monday, September 13, Interfax reports, with reference to the press service of the Russian Central Bank.

On Tuesday, the problems persisted and created difficulties while providing ruble loans and place free funds of banks on deposits.

Due to the “unstable operation of electronic cabinets”, the Central Bank decided to accept applications from banks on paper and extended the deadline for their submission until late in the evening – 20.00 Moscow time. It was necessary to send written documents “to the territorial institution of the Bank of Russia servicing the correspondent account of the credit institution.”

At the same time, the deadlines for providing other electronic documents, including reporting, as well as responses to requests and instructions of the Central Bank, were extended.

“Problems arose because of the ongoing technical work,” the Central bank explains, adding that the restoration of the performance of personal accounts is expected at 21.00 GMT on Tuesday.

Last week, Roskomnadzor began to block six VPN services, including the popular Nord VPN, which caused a wave of failures among users. At the same time, IT specialists reported a partial blocking of Google and Cloudflare DNS servers.

On Tuesday, a source of the RBC news agency in the telecom market confirmed that the state provider Rostelecom has imposed restrictions on public DNS servers Google (with IP addresses 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4) and Cloudflare (1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1), as well as the DoH protocol.

The first allows you to speed up the loading of web pages, protects against spoofing (when one site is disguised as another), and the second – encrypts web traffic so that operators do not see which resource the user is accessing.

Roskomnadzor, which for the past two years has been actively engaged in the installation of state DPI (technologies for studying user traffic), is testing TSCM (Technical Surveillance Counter Measures) installed on networks under the law on the sovereign Internet, says Vladislav Zdolnikov, founder of the GlobalCheck project to monitor services outage.

Online resources associated with Alexei Navalny, and then the website of “Smart Voting” were the first ones to be blocked by TSCM .

“For the last week, the Roskomnadzor has been blocking for some time the tools that the Navalny application uses or can use to bypass the locks – DoH and DHT. They look at what will happen: what resources and services will suffer, what indignation it will cause among “peaceful” users of these technologies. From the blocking of DoH-services Google and Cloudflare suffered ordinary users who encrypt their DNS requests, and from blocking DHT – torrents, various blockchains and streaming services like Twitch, “says Zadolnikov.

“The farther it goes, the worse it will be. It’s like bombing the city, “- said the director of the “Society for the Protection of the Internet” Mikhail Klimarev. There will be many users who will see the not functioning websites or applications.

(c)UAWIRE 2021

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