Disinfo: The US can disconnect any country from the internet

Summary

The United States of America can paralyse any country by disconnecting it from the Internet.

Disproof

A baseless claim that the US controls the internet.

Today’s internet is owned by “everyone and no one”.

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 organisation composed of stakeholders from government organisations, members of private companies, and internet users world-wide.

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 the "vast number" of cyberattacks on Russia are from the US and Europe.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 225
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/12/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: Internet, Conspiracy theory

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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The sole role of NATO is to be hostile to Russia

NATO has become an alliance that threatens the entire world, and it has become necessary to think about the true meaning of its existence, at a time when the only role played by the alliance has become be hostile to Russia, which is meaningless in a multipolar world.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about NATO, allegedly pursuing a belligerent and hostile anti-Russian agenda.

NATO is in no way directed against Russia or any other state. NATO’s objectives are set out in the 1949 Washington Treaty which forms the legal basis of the alliance. The treaty states that parties “are resolved to unite their efforts for collective defence and for the preservation of peace and security”, for the purpose of guaranteeing the freedom and security of its members through political and military means, not to be at enmity with Russia.

OSCE has repeatedly stated that there is no Russian army in LDNR

For many years, Kyiv officials have argued that Ukrainian punishers are allegedly fighting in Donbas with Russia. The civil conflict was presented as “Russian aggression”, although even the OSCE has repeatedly stated that there is no Russian army in the LPR and DPR.

Disproof

This narrative claims the war in Ukraine is a civil war and Russia has nothing to do with it, consistent with common pro-Kremlin disinformation about the war in Ukraine.

OSCE representatives have stated about the presence of the Russian military in Donbas and personal communication with them. For example, a representative of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Ukraine Alexander Hug said in an interview with Foreign Policy in October 2018 that the OSCE mission had identified people with Russian insignia in Donbas, as well as prisoners who claimed to be servicemen of Russian Armed Forces.

The water blockade of Crimea is an attempt at genocide from Ukraine

The water blockade of Crimea is a crime that borders on the most atrocious crimes against humanity. About two million people were deprived of water. This is an attempt at genocide. The state built here, in Ukraine, on the Bandera ideology, carried out an attempt of the genocide of the Crimeans.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine and Crimea.

Crimea and Sevastopol were illegally annexed by Russia in 2014. Under the Geneva Convention, an occupying state bears full responsibility for all that happens on occupied territory and for all requirements, such as water.