Russia may fine citizens who use SpaceX’s Starlink Internet service

Russia may fine citizens who use SpaceX’s Starlink Internet service

Russia's legislative body, the State Duma, is considering fines for individuals and companies in the country that use Western-based satellite Internet services.The proposed law seeks to prevent accessing the Internet by means of SpaceX's Starlink service, OneWeb, or other non-Russian satellite constellations under development.

The Crypto-Keepers

The Crypto-Keepers

“Right away they started asking about Telegram, which made me worry,” says Durov, explaining that it didn’t take long for his early-morning visitors to get to the point: the FBI wanted to set up some kind of informal backchannel process that would enable Telegram to hand over data on particular users in the event of a terrorist threat; they even came prepared with official-looking documents in hand.

Suspected Russian hackers used Microsoft vendors to breach customers

Suspected Russian hackers used Microsoft vendors to breach customers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The suspected Russian hackers behind the worst U.S. cyber attack in years leveraged reseller access to Microsoft Corp services to penetrate targets that had no compromised network software from SolarWinds Corp, investigators said.

Speech readied for CSIS boss raises spectre of ‘hostile’ nations hunting for personal data through schools and businesses

Speech readied for CSIS boss raises spectre of ‘hostile’ nations hunting for personal data through schools and businesses

Concern is growing within Canada’s spy agency about the threat posed by hostile state actors, especially China and Russia, looking to steal intellectual property and “large digital data sets” from private companies and academic institutions.

Thinking like a spy can help us sort truth from lies, says former head of GCHQ

Thinking like a spy can help us sort truth from lies, says former head of GCHQ

In a new book, intelligence and security expert Sir David Omand shows how we can learn to make better judgements by thinking like a spy.How Spies Think: Ten Lessons in Intelligence by David Omand (Viking, £20) is out now.

Edward Snowden gets permanent residency in Russia - lawyer

Edward Snowden gets permanent residency in Russia - lawyer

In an interview in September last year, Snowden said he would be willing to return to the US if he is guaranteed a fair trial.What I'm asking for is a fair trial.

Russia wants to outlaw TLS 1.3, ESNI, DNS over HTTPS, and DNS over TLS

Russia wants to outlaw TLS 1.3, ESNI, DNS over HTTPS, and DNS over TLS

The draft law (text in Russian) “bans the use of encryption protocols allowing for hiding the name (identifier) of a web page or Internet site on the territory of the Russian Federation.” This is supposed to help the Roskomnadzor in their job as Russia’s censor.

Feds charge former Green Beret with spying for Russia in latest legal blow to Special Forces community

Feds charge former Green Beret with spying for Russia in latest legal blow to Special Forces community

(AP) — A former Army Green Beret living in northern Virginia was arrested on Friday, charged with divulging military secrets about his unit’s activities in former Soviet republics during more than a decade of contacts with Russian intelligence.

Russia claims US running secret bio weapons lab in Georgia

Russia claims US running secret bio weapons lab in Georgia

MOSCOW — Russia’s Defence Ministry said Thursday that the United States appeared to be running a clandestine biological weapons lab in the country of Georgia, allegedly flouting international conventions and posing a direct security threat to Russia — allegations the Pentagon angrily rejected.

Trump says he is considering pardon for leaker Edward Snowden

Trump says he is considering pardon for leaker Edward Snowden

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Saturday he is considering a pardon for Edward Snowden, the former U.S. National Security Agency contractor - now living in Russia - whose spectacular leaks shook the U.S. intelligence community in 2013.

Yes, Big Brother IS Watching: Russian Schools Getting Surveillance Systems Called 'Orwell'

Yes, Big Brother IS Watching: Russian Schools Getting Surveillance Systems Called 'Orwell'

According to the business daily Vedomosti, contracts exceeding 2 billion rubles ($29 million) have been signed for the procurement and installation in schools across Russia of surveillance cameras linked to a system that has facial-recognition capability and is called Orwell, after the British author of dystopian novels 1984 and Animal Farm.

Darknet forum leaks Telegram database with millions of Russian users’ information

Darknet forum leaks Telegram database with millions of Russian users’ information

A darknet forum has released a database with the telephone numbers and unique identifiers of millions of users of the messaging app Telegram, reports the IT news site .

Russia lifts its ban on the Telegram messenger app

Russia lifts its ban on the Telegram messenger app

A Russian court blocked the app in April 2018, after Telegram refused to share its encryption keys — a means of accessing users’ data — with Roskomnadzor.

Private Internet Access reveals physical locations of 35 geo-located regions

Private Internet Access reveals physical locations of 35 geo-located regions

Private Internet Access made the decision to start offering geo-located regions as a way to re-enter regions like Russia and Brazil that we have previously had to leave due to regulatory reasons as well as a way to offer quality VPN exit nodes in regions where we were unable to source high quality VPN servers.List of Private Internet Access geo-located regions and their physical locations.

Russia's lockdown surveillance measures need regulating, rights groups say

Russia's lockdown surveillance measures need regulating, rights groups say

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Expanding surveillance measures to police Russia’s coronavirus lockdown, including the use of facial recognition technology and collection of personal data, need regulating to ensure they are temporary and proportionate, two rights groups said on Thursday.

Russia's security service tells internet firms to hand over user data: The Bell

Russia's security service tells internet firms to hand over user data: The Bell

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has ordered some of the country’s major internet companies to give it continuous access to their systems, The Bell investigative website reported late on Tuesday, citing three sources at the firms.

Russian regulators at Roskomnadzor bring case to court calling for mailbox.org ban in Russia

Russian regulators at Roskomnadzor bring case to court calling for mailbox.org ban in Russia

With respect to , Roskomnadzor made a move on 29th December 2019 and submitted their case for blocking access to our services in Russia to a court in Moscow.

Russia successfully tests country-wide alternative to global internet

Russia successfully tests country-wide alternative to global internet

Russia has run a successful test of a country-wide alternative to the global internet, according to BBC News.Iran’s National Information Network is run by a state-owned media company that allows users to access the internet but polices all content on the network and limits external information.

Russia 'successfully tests' its unplugged internet

Russia 'successfully tests' its unplugged internet

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The net independence plan is seen as a way for Russia's government to get more control over online life Russia has successfully tested a country-wide alternative to the global internet, its government has announced.It blocks access to many foreign internet services, which in turn has helped several domestic tech giants establish themselves.

Putin signs law making Russian apps mandatory on smartphones, computers

Putin signs law making Russian apps mandatory on smartphones, computers

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed legislation requiring all smartphones, computers and smart TV sets sold in the country to come pre-installed with Russian software.

Russia Bans Sale of Gadgets Without Russian-Made Software

Russia Bans Sale of Gadgets Without Russian-Made Software

Russia might make this law effective in the country by July 2020.To explain the motive of drafting and applying such law in Russia, the lawmakers and members of legislation have explained that the idea is to promote the widespread use of Russian software and endorse the technology.

Russia - Censored Planet

Russia - Censored Planet

We used this authoritative blocklist that contains more than 130,000 domains to perform an in-depth investigation into the Russian government’s censorship policy by collecting measurement data from residential, data center and infrastructural vantage points.

Vladimir Putin says Wikipedia should be banned and replaced

Vladimir Putin says Wikipedia should be banned and replaced

Putin told the Russian Language Council on Tuesday, according to RIA.The Kremlin announced £20million plans for its Russian alternative to Wikipedia in September to be completed by 2022.Putin's announcement follows on the heels of new internet regulations which went into effect on Monday, allowing Russia to isolate its web from the rest of the world.

'They wanted me gone': Edward Snowden tells of whistleblowing, his AI fears and six years in Russia

'They wanted me gone': Edward Snowden tells of whistleblowing, his AI fears and six years in Russia

In an exclusive two-hour interview in Moscow to mark the publication of his memoirs, Permanent Record, Snowden said dire warnings that his disclosures would cause harm had not come to pass, and even former critics now conceded “we live in a better, freer and safer world” because of his revelations.

Snubbed by Google, Huawei is trying out a Russian operating system instead of Android

Snubbed by Google, Huawei is trying out a Russian operating system instead of Android

For the purpose, it will use 3,60,000 tablets which run on the Russian operating system---Aurora.The smartphone maker kickstarted a pilot programme where it will use a Russian operating system to replace Android.

Telegram: the messaging app driving Hong Kong’s decentralized revolution

Telegram: the messaging app driving Hong Kong’s decentralized revolution

Hong Kong authorities have also attempted to clamp down on Telegram group members, which protestors say is taking cues from the ways China polices the Internet.

Russian lawmakers want to restrict email access by telephone verification, and force providers to block banned information

Russian lawmakers want to restrict email access by telephone verification, and force providers to block banned information

Led by senators Andrey Klishas and Alexander Bashkin, the lawmakers have also proposed requiring email services to block messages containing information banned in Russia within 24 hours of being notified by the state authorities.“The adoption of this legislation will significantly reduce the number of false terrorist messages distributed through email services, create the legal conditions for bringing criminals to justice, and reduce the economic damage from such communications,” claims the draft law’s explanatory note.

Opinion | Does Russia Want More Than Your Old Face?

Opinion | Does Russia Want More Than Your Old Face?

We’ve had a national digital freakout this week over whether the popular FaceApp app is a Russian plot to steal the visages and other personal data of American citizens for nefarious purposes. And it’s scaring a lot of Americans.

Hackers breach FSB contractor, expose Tor deanonymization project and more

Hackers breach FSB contractor, expose Tor deanonymization project and more

Hackers have breached SyTech, a contractor for FSB, Russia's national intelligence service, from where they stole information about internal projects the company was working on behalf of the agency -- including one for deanonymizing Tor traffic.

As Russian “FaceApp” gobbles up user photos, Schumer asks FBI to investigate

As Russian “FaceApp” gobbles up user photos, Schumer asks FBI to investigate

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has called for a federal investigation into FaceApp, saying the Russian-operated mobile application "could pose national security and privacy risks for millions of US citizens.". This has raised privacy concerns, as Americans are uploading photographs and device-related data to a service operated by a company based in Russia.