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"Roskomsvoboda" in court appeals against the mechanism of eternal blocking of the websites

2 years, 10 months ago

Screenshot of "heading" of the website ZaRunet

The Internet resources blocked "forever" in Russia become more and more. In the list there is already pleer.com, flibusta.net, Rutracker, Lurkmore. Nevertheless, users, administrations of resources and lawyers do not give up. The other day the public organization "Roskomsvoboda" offered interesting idea — the appeal in vessels of the mechanism of "eternal blocking", writes the "Kommersant". Lawyers of the organization are going to take not only the Constitutional court of the Russian Federation, but also the European Court of Human Rights.

To ensure normal functioning of lawyers for the appeal in vessels of a locking gear of the websites, means are necessary. These funds are offered to be raised with crowd funding use. "Roskomsvoboda" already started in work the website ZaRunet.org where anyone can "take part in campaign for the appeal of "eternal blocking" of Internet resources in court and to fund raising for legal work on this direction".

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FSB in business: the voice on networks 4G and Wi-fi in Russia cannot be transferred because of outdated standards of intelligence agencies so far

2 years, 10 months ago

FSB building (Source: Cnews)

On November 24 in Moscow there took place the All-Russian conference "Topical Issues of Implementation of SORM on Networks of Telecommunication of Russia" (SORM-2015). Problems of interaction of telecommunication companies, telecom operators, with intelligence agencies, in particular, were discussed at this conference. The reason — start of the new VoLTE and VoWiFi technologies allowing to perform communication VoIP in 4G and Wi-Fi networks. The problem is that now intelligence agencies impose certain requirements to system of interaction of telecom operators with intelligence agencies. But these requirements became outdated technically, and prevent to implement new technologies, Cnews writes.

Now intelligence agencies provide access to negotiations of subscribers of telecom operators, and also to a traffic of subscribers through the System of Operational Search Actions (SOSA). Such systems now two: SORM-1 (created in 1995 for interception of telephone negotiations) and SORM-2 (it is created in 2000, and it is used for interception of Internet traffic).

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The next round of "fight against terrorism" or as the Ministry of Communications coveted substitution of number again

2 years, 10 months ago

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You use HTTPS? Then pay. The small company has legal proceedings with the largest corporations

2 years, 10 months ago


AT&T; and Yahoo!, Netflix, GoPro, Sony — all these companies are defendants on the case of patent infringement on enciphering now. The matter is that in May the small company CryptoPeak Solutions working in Texas took out the patent 6202150 in the order. The patent describes special type of work of cryptosystems on the basis of elliptic curves.

Now the CryptoPeak company looks for the TLS protected websites which use cryptography on the basis of elliptic curves, and files a lawsuit against those companies to which these websites belong. Thus, CryptoPeak tries to have legal proceedings nearly with all owners of HTTPS websites where ESS is used. And such technology is used by most of owners of the websites.

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Pavel Durov: WhatsApp began to filter links to Telegram

2 years, 10 months ago
Today Pavel Durov, the creator of the protected Telegram messenger, reported that WhatsApp, other popular messenger, began to censor the links Telegram.

It is about an Android-application of WhatsApp with which, according to Pavel, more than 80% of users of this messenger work. Thus, all these users cannot exchange links to Telegram. At the same time it is impossible even to copy the text of the message in which the reference to the specified messenger is contained.

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The Swedish court passed a negative decision on the case of blocking of The Pirate Bay at the level of provider

2 years, 10 months ago


This Friday the Swedish court passed a decision on the case of blocking of the Pirate Bay torrent tracker at the level of provider. Case was considered about a month, and now district court of Stockholm decided that the Swedish provider Bredbandsbolaget should not block The Pirate Bay. According to a judgment of Bredbandsbolaget cannot be responsible for actions of the subscribers violating the law on copyright.

At the same time, The Pirate Bay is blocked by many European Internet service providers. According to the anti-piracy organizations and record companies, work of this torrent tracker has to be prohibited also in Sweden. A joint claim was submitted by group of the organizations, including Universal Music, Sony Music, Warner Music, Nordisk Film and the Swedish Film Industry. The companies judicially tried to achieve from Bredbandsbolaget provider of blocking of a resource.

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On Sunday the NSA curtails long-term mass wiretap

2 years, 10 months ago
imageThe U.S. National Security Agency on Sunday completes the program of mass wiretap. Such statement on Friday was made in administration of U.S. President. Instead of it the agency will have to enter the new program with strongly cut down opportunities.

This event is regarded as the victory of fighters for a privacy reached together with the technology companies refusing to meet requirements of government agency to the detriment of safety and a privacy of the users. Despite numerous appeals to provide "rear entrances" in enciphering of mobile devices and programs, such giants as Apple and Google did not agree to make concessions.

Closing of the program of mass wiretap of PRISM will happen in two and a half years after its exposure by Edward Snowden, at that time the former employee of CIA and NSA agencies. Mass wiretap without court and orders became possible after terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Now the NSA will not be able to collect completely information on all calls made by citizens of the USA to process these so-called "metadata" in attempts to find "suspicious actions". Now the agency will need to receive the judgment to have an opportunity to trace calls of a certain person or a group of persons for a period of up to six months.

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The account of the ex-administrator Vikipediya descending on a meeting in Roskomnadzor was blocked

2 years, 10 months ago
On Geektime news about a yesterday's meeting of users of Wikipedia, the manual of Roskomnadzor, representatives of FDCS and Rospotrebnadzor was already published today. Four "active users of Wikipedia" among whom and the former administrator online entsiklopedi Samal participated in a meeting.

I will remind, its position — establishing communications with government bodies for discussion of some aspects of the publication of articles what, according to Samal, allows to avoid blocking of Wikipedia in the territory of Russia. Today it turned out that most of administrators of the encyclopedia does not agree with the user's position. Moreover, its account was blocked by one of the current administrators, Sealle. Blocking of the account is made at 08:59 Moscow time.

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The Ukrainian court asked Facebook to provide to investigators access to office of the company for acquaintance with a number of documents

2 years, 10 months ago
Today it became known that Pechersk Court of Kiev asked administration of Facebook to provide access to a consequence to headquarters in Menlo-park and London, to addresses: Facebook Inc. 10 Brock Street, NW1 3FG London, United Kindom 1601 Willow Road Menlo Park, CA 94025 United States. At the same time the manual of the company is asked to provide to investigators and access to documents, connected with the case considered by court.

The relevant decision is already entered in the register. In a judgment it is about criminal investigation of business on the p. 2 of Art. 115 (the premeditated murder committed by a group of persons), writes ain. Investigators, for completion of investigation, need to get data access of already remote account in Facebook social network.

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Blocking of Wikipedia is cancelled? Roskomnadzor meets editors of the encyclopedia today

2 years, 10 months ago


Roskomnadzor published the message that the majority of articles (4 pieces) about drugs because of which it was going to block Wikipedia in Russia are edited today. These articles will be sent by supervisory authority to FDCS, for additional examination, for check of compliance of changes to requirements of specialists.

Besides, today in Roskomnadzor the meeting of officials and editors of Wikipedia will take place. A subject of discussion — approaches to editing articles for an exception of a possibility of blocking of the online encyclopedia.

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