Assessing Network Operator Actions to Enhance Digital Sovereignty and Strengthen Network Resilience: A Longitudinal Analysis during the Russia-Ukraine Conflict

Muhammad Yasir Muzayan Haq*, Abhishta Abhishta*, Raffaele Sommese, Mattijs Jonker, Bart Nieuwenhuis

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Abstract

We conduct longitudinal and temporal analyses on active DNS measurement data to investigate how the Russia-Ukraine conflict impacted the network infrastructures supporting domain names under ICANN's CZDS new gTLDs. Our findings revealed changes in the physical locations of network infrastructures, utilization of managed DNS services, infrastructure redundancy, and distribution, which started right after the first reported Russian military movements in February 2022. We also found that domains from different countries had varying location preferences when moving their hosting infrastructure. These observed changes suggest that network operators took proactive measures in anticipation of an armed conflict to promote resilience and protect the sovereignty of their networks in response to the conflict.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event8th International Workshop on Traffic Measurements for Cybersecurity, WTMC 2023 - Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 7 Jul 20237 Jul 2023
Conference number: 8

Workshop

Workshop8th International Workshop on Traffic Measurements for Cybersecurity, WTMC 2023
Abbreviated titleWTMC 2023
Country/TerritoryNetherlands
CityDelft
Period7/07/237/07/23

Keywords

  • Network resilience
  • Digital sovereignty
  • Russia-Ukraine conflict
  • DNS measurement

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