The Federal Security Service has developed rules for Russian companies which deal with personal data in digital form.
The document says that if the company plans to use encryption, these funds must be certified by FSB. At the same time it can be obtained only by the technical tools that implement domestic cryptographic algorithms, but they can be supported by neither iOS, nor Android. The cost of using these algorithms is very expensive, for example installing "Crypto CSP" on one computer will cost about two thousand rubles. The document also states that the servers with crypto must be sealed in buildings with bars on the windows at night.Read more
The state plans to oblige Internet companies to store and transmit information about their users to the authorities for the law enforcement requests. Intelligence agencies can receive e-mail addresses, user names, contact lists and other users’ data, but the transference of posts, comments, and personal correspondence is not provided in the document.
Russian Communications Ministry and FSB developed a list of amendments to the legislation, according to which Internet companies will have to transmit user data to law enforcement officials after receiving the request. The document also provides a list of sites that must either wait for receipt of notice from the representatives of law and order, or register in Russian Communications Ministry by itself.Read more
iOS users in Russia began to face attacks by hackers who steal passwords to block smartphones and tablets and extort money for their unlock. To prevent this, you need to make your passwords long and complex, and not to impose them on suspicious sites, "Kaspersky Lab" recommends.
The exact number of hacked phones is unknown. The representatives of Apple declined to comment.
The attackers use the fact that in the new version of iOS 7 has become possible to block stolen smartphone that cannot be removed with help of a reset or flashing devices. If you want to use this feature, you must know the user‘s name (Apple ID, also known as e-mail address) and password.
Comments on Friday by a top Russian telecoms official, suggesting that the country might soon block access to Twitter, met with a swift wave of condemnation — including from other government officials — providing a rare window into differences of opinion inside the Kremlin over how best to censor voices of dissent.
In an interview with a local newspaper Friday, Maxim Ksenzov, deputy head of the government’s telecommunications watchdog, Roskomnadzor, called Twitter a “political” tool that undermines the state’s authority. “We can block Twitter or Facebook tomorrow for several minutes,” Ksenzov said. “We do not see any risks in that.”Read more
Russian lawmakers are planning to make content filtering in Runet, and to forbid DNS-servers domains. RU and .RF placing abroad and transfer Coordination Centre domains functions to the authorized federal executive authority.
"Kommersant" reports about the government's plans to increase control over the Russian Internet space citing data from federal official and Internet company managers that wished to remain anonymous. They reported that the authorities discuss the issue of Runet federalization, that is, "the ban on joining regional and local data networks to foreign Internet networks" that can be done only through federal access.Read more
Now the main stream of data goes through the servers located in the USA. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin considers it necessary and important to place on the territory of Russia the servers of large national Internet resources that will protect the stored information.
This opinion he expressed today, on April 24, speaking at a meeting of the media forum in St. Petersburg, ITAR-TASS reported. "It is possible to do, but it takes time and capital investment," he said, adding that now the main stream of data goes through the servers located in the USA, where everything is controlled. "All that the Internet has emerged as a special project of the CIA and developing," Putin said.Read more
Russia's parliament has passed a bill that could see Western technology firms barred from operating if they fail to store Russian data within the country.
The legislation would require Silicon Valley companies, such as Facebook, Google’s Gmail, and Microsoft-owned Skype, to relocate Russian customer data back onto Russian soil in order to allow authorities to legally acquire and inspect data at will. Currently, Russian authorities have no powers to acquire data outside its borders, unless they submit a lawful mutual legal assistance request, which can be denied by that nation.Read more
Russian law gives Russia’s security service, the FSB, the authority to use SORM (“System for Operative Investigative Activities”) to collect, analyze and store all data that transmitted or received on Russian networks, including calls, email, website visits and credit card transactions.
SORM has been in use since 1990 and collects both metadata and content. SORM-1 collects mobile and landline telephone calls. SORM-2 collects internet traffic. SORM-3 collects from all media (including Wi-Fi and social networks) and stores data for three years. Russian law requires all internet service providers to install an FSB monitoring device (called “Punkt Upravlenia”) on their networks that allows the direct collection of traffic without the knowledge or cooperation of the service provider.Read more
IT security vendor Kaspersky Lab realised “Cybermap" - a new online service to monitor violations of cyber security in real time. Company sees it as a strategic step - such a demonstration of online malware threats on a global level and in real time will serve as a great motivation to purchase their products.
An interactive 3D globe shows locations of malware threats and active cyber attacks, as well as incidents of activations of mail and web antivirus software. All types of threats are classified and marked by colour - Kaspersky’s tools and experts process data for over 300 thousand threads daily.Read more
Government of Russia has refused iPad in favor superseding tablets Samsung, said the head of the Ministry of communications of Russia Nikolay Nikiforov.
"It is protected in a special way devices that can be used for handling of confidential information.
Some information in the government sessions are confidential, and these devices (Samsung) fully meet these requirements and have passed the most stringent certification system" - quoted Mr. Nikiforov Agency ITAR-TASS. The Official reason "replacement" called a purely technical nature, that is, supposedly, the policy is not satisfied exclusively by the technical capabilities of equipmentRead more