Inside Cogent's Decision to Cut Off a Major Part of Russia's Internet Access

The internet backbone company says it already had seen Russian military intelligence launch many small-scale attacks.

Cogent Communications sought to block large-scale Russian attacks on the internet. RuNet refers to the internet inside Russia.

Even before Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, Cogent Communications CEO Dave Schaeffer knew he had big problems.

Schaeffer's company, which runs a big chunk of the internet backbone and sells access to it,

had watched Russia's military intelligence use the internet to launch online attacks.

The company determined that some of those attacks had traveled over Cogent's system.

Now he was worried about more-serious attacks that could target Ukraine, the US and the internet overall.

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