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    The network is not connected to the Internet, while non-certified flash drives and external hard drives cannot be plugged into the computers part of the intranet.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A secured information network for the needs of the Russian army has been launched in the country, media reported on Wednesday citing a Defense Ministry source.

    "The last stage of the work was completed in late summer of this year, the network is fully operational now. At present, we plan to extend it by installing additional terminals in military units and institutions," the source said as quoted by the Russian Izvestia newspaper.

    The network is not connected to the Internet, while non-certified flash drives and external hard drives cannot be plugged into the computers part of the intranet.

    It is equipped with a secured email service, which allows transmission of classified information and documents. In every military unit there are servers that encrypt information, divide it into several packages and pass it on. Access to the server rooms is strictly limited.

    The military system partially uses infrastructure rented from cable network provider Rostelecom, but part of the network reportedly relies on the Defense Ministry's own infrastructure.

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