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Russia readying for attempt to ban Tor, VPNs and other anonymising tools

Russian authorities have made a concerted series of announcements regarding the future of online anonymising software Tor for the country’s 143 million residents, who constitute Tor’s third largest user-base – concluding that it has none. On 5th February Leonid Levin, Chairman of the Duma Committee on Information Policy, Information Technologies and Communications, proposed to consider… Read More

Moscow to track cell-phone users in 2015, to aid traffic analysis

Authorities in Moscow will launch a new system of mobile-phone tracking in 2015 to aid research into potential modification to the transport infrastructure of the city. M24 reports [translated]. The system will be augmented by GPS data in particularly dense and labyrinthine areas, such as ‘old Moscow’. The information will principally be gathered via the… Read More

Putin in talks to disconnect Russia from global internet in case of emergency

Reports have today announced that Russia will enter discussions next week to examine its capacity to separate itself from the global internet in “emergency” scenarios. It was reported in this morning’s Vedomosti newspaper that on 22nd September Vladimir Putin will meet with the Russian Security Council to discuss the probability of cutting off Russia from the foreign… Read More

Russian hacker group steals billions of records in biggest heist known to date

p>A Russian hacker group has stolen over 1.2 billion usernames and passwords from over 500 million email accounts, in the biggest data haul known to date, warned research firm Hold Security. Around 4.5bn actual records are said to have been snatched from over 420,000 sites, including details hacked from top Fortune 500 companies, as well… Read More

Russia enforces new internet crackdown for bloggers and social networks

Russia has enforced a law today which requires bloggers and social media users with more than 3,000 daily readers to register with mass media regulators. Internet companies will also be required to surrender users’ data to Russian security services upon request. Described by some as a “draconian” measure, the legislation ensures that bloggers cannot remain… Read More