Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Media: the FSB is considering the possibility of deciphering the whole Internet traffic of the Russians – TASS

MOSCOW, September 21. /TASS/. The FSB, the Ministry of communications and the Ministry of industry intend to develop mechanisms to decrypt Internet traffic of Russian users to prevent potential threats associated with the promotion of terrorism via the Internet, the newspaper “Kommersant“, citing its sources.

According to the newspaper, the traffic analysis is planned for key words by using DPI (Deep Packet Inspection), which are currently widely used by mobile operators to filter the prohibited sites. It is expected that these measures will help to prevent potential threats associated with the spread of terrorist ideas via the Internet. According to newspaper interviewed experts discussed the scheme will allow even to build profiles of user behavior in the network, including an assessment of their psychological state and preferences.

According to one of the sources of the newspaper, the FSB advocated that to decrypt all traffic in real time and analyze its key parameters, for example the word “bomb”, but the Ministry insist on decrypting traffic only to subscribers that will attract the attention of law enforcement. According to “Kommersant”, the Ministry of industry and trade refused to comment on this, the communications Ministry and the FSB did not answer for the request.

Earlier in the framework of the specific requirements of the anti-terrorism package of laws (the so-called Spring package) FSB approved the procedure of granting Internet companies information to decode the electronic messages to the user. The organizer of information dissemination in the Internet must pass data to decode on the basis of a request of the Commissioner of the division, said the Agency. Encryption keys can be transferred to magnetic media by mail or email, another option for Internet companies to provide access to the structure of the FSB directly to the system. According to the anti-terrorism package of laws, the failure to prosecute Internet companies information for decoding of electronic communications is punishable by a fine up to 1 million rubles.

that the decision to decrypt Internet traffic need, stated in the technical requirements for the execution of the “Spring law”, which in August sent “Rostelecom” in the relevant ministries. In “Rostelecom”, “VimpelCom”, “MegaFon” declined to comment, and MTS announced that they are not aware of the discussions on the topic of deciphering the traffic, the newspaper said.


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