Disinfo: The US has complete control of the internet

Summary

The United States has complete control over the Internet administration system, and the identification of “IP” addresses, which is unacceptable.

Disproof

A baseless claim that the US controls the internet or its IP addresses.

On the 1st of October 2016, the internet witnessed its biggest change when the US government officially transferred control of the internet address system to the “the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers” (ICANN), an international governing body, to assure that the internet of tomorrow remains as free, open and accessible as the internet of today.

The ICANN represents a nonprofit organization composed of stakeholders from government organizations, members of private companies, and internet users from all over the world.

In fact, seven security experts from all over the world, in addition to 7 other people as a backup, chosen for their geographical spread as well as their experience, hold the keys to the internet. 

Together, their keys create a master key, which in turn controls one of the central security measures at the core of the web. Read more cases related to the internet, claiming that OSCE wants internet in Belarus be full of terrorists and anarchists and that "vast number" of cyberattacks on Russia are from the US and Europe.

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  • Reported in: Issue 209
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/08/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, Internet

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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West wants to take advantage of political instability in Belarus

It is obvious that Western countries want to take advantage of the temporary political instability in Belarus, which, with the help of social networks and controlled by the West media, create a negative image, as if people in all settlements of Belarus took to the streets and started protests.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative alleging that the protests in Belarus that followed the Presidential elections are orchestrated by external actors.

The EU and the US do not take advantage of political instability in Belarus. They support the desire of Belarusians for the respect of human rights, free and fair elections.

UK’s smear campaign aim to discredit Russia’s vaccine

The British government has repeated its allegations that accuse Russia of piracy and theft of the important information about the progress of laboratory and clinical research on the emerging coronavirus.

The British authorities, in their smear campaign against Russia, are seeking to express doubts about the effectiveness of the Russian vaccine in treating people, forgetting that it has gone through several development stages and has been used in clinical trials that have proven successful.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. The article provides no evidence to support its claim that accusations about Russian-sponsored cyber-espionage against organisations involved in COVID-19 research aim to discredit the Russian anti-COVID vaccine.

The claim repeats a recurrent disinformation narrative denying any involvement of the Russian government in hacker attacks and cyber-crime. This narrative rejects as baseless and absurd any accusations of Russian-sponsored hostile cyber-operations against Western targets, and often claims that such accusations are motivated by “Russophobia” or seek to distract the attention of Western public opinion from real problems.

Explosion in Beirut was a premeditated terrorist attack

What happened in Beirut, was a unique “revenge” for the explosion of the American “USS Bonhomme Richard” aircraft carrier in the United States, which took place on July 12. That is, it was a premeditated terrorist attack.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. An unfounded statement, with no evidence to support the claim. One of the many conspirative claimes which continue to spread after the Beirut explosion.

See similar case claiming that Beirut explosion was staged by Mossad.