Russia is currently in the midst of a significant internet crisis, as a widespread outage cripples connectivity across the country. The disruption, affecting users nationwide and causing the local .ru domain to go offline, is attributed to a technical glitch in the global Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC). This system, crucial for securing data exchange in internet protocol networks, faced a meltdown, impacting major online players such as the widely-used search engine Yandex.ru, e-commerce giants Ozon.ru and Wildberries.ru, and even the applications of prominent banks like Sberbank PJSC and VTB Group.
The gravity of the situation is emphasized by the state-run Ria’s report, citing Downradar, a traffic monitoring service, which highlighted the extensive reach of the outage. The incident raises concerns about the vulnerability of critical internet infrastructure and its potential to disrupt not only everyday online activities but also the operations of major financial institutions. The Digital Ministry of Russia acknowledged the issue, stating it was related to the DNSSEC and vowed to address the technical problem causing the widespread internet blackout.