Posts tagged “Russia”

Joint letter to UN Secretary-General on proposed cyber rules

Source: China Daily

The United Nations permanent representatives of China, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan jointly sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday, requesting him to circulate the International Code of Conduct for Information Security. Drafted by the four countries, it is a formal UN document of the 66th session of the General Assembly.

Cold War bunker nurtures new cyber-warriors

Source: RT

Gathered at a Cold War bunker, a yet-unnamed Russian youth organization is being conjured into life. Its mission? To launch an online information war to prevent an Arab Spring-type uprising in Russia.

Uzbekistan: Government sites hacked

Source: Catherine A. Fitzpatrick, EurasiaNet

This week Internet news sites in Uzbekistan have been blocked for unknown reasons, the independent news site reports.

While for the last five years, some sites devoted specificially to news from Uzbekistan, such as itself,, and others have been blocked from view, this latest problem affects sites that have been accessible in the past.

Russian LiveJournal users fear election crackdown

Source: Olga Khrustaleva, Moscow News

The biggest-ever hack attack on LiveJournal, the world’s biggest blogging network, and its prominent opposition voices, has prompted bloggers to fear a new wave of shut-offs closer to the elections.

Last week, from Monday to Friday, a massive series of DDoS attacks, believed to emanate from computers in Latin America, hit LiveJournal’s Qwest and Verizon servers – hitting the network’s most prominent anti-government critics, including anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny.

The bloggers are hitting back, however, accusing authorities of wanting to quieten opposition in the run-up to the elections – but insisting the clampdown would be unsuccessful.

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Censorship of comments

Source: Russia and India Report

Russia’s Communications Ministry is to discuss proposals on July 14 for ways to speed up the process of deleting offensive and extremist user comments from online media pages.

Sergei Zheleznyak, who heads the information policy committee in the State Duma, the lower chamber of the Russian parliament, said a special state-run network of all Russian online media should be set up to quickly inform moderators and editors about offensive and extremist content detected on their websites.

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Medvedev vows not to restrict Internet

“Russia will “make the right choice” on regulating the Internet, President Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday, hinting that the government did not intend to impose Chinese-style bans on websites.

Unlike the Russian press and state-run TV channels, the rapidly growing Runet, or Russian Internet, has avoided government censorship and restrictions, turning it into forum for anti-government discussion.

Three weeks ago, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) caused alarm among Russia’s estimated 60 million Internet users by demanding access to Internet communication services like Gmail and Skype. In a move reminiscent of Soviet style repression, the FSB claimed the “uncontrolled use of these services could lead to a large-scale threat to Russian security.”

From RIA Novosti

Russia Top Source of Most Attack Traffic

“According to Akamai’s fourth quarter “2010 State of the Internet” report, Russia has the dubious honor of being the top source of Internet attack traffic in the world. eSecurity Planet reports that Russia represented 10 percent of all observed global attack traffic. The study focused on port level attacks and is not a measure of spam origination.

Akamai notes that Russia may not be the ultimate origination point.”

From IT Business Edge

BlackBerry firm seeks security “balance” in Russia

“(Reuters) – BlackBerry maker Research In Motion said Russia could help development of new technologies by finding a balance between state security and innovation.

Co-chief executive Jim Balsillie said on Monday the Canadian company had “ambitious plans” in Russia and offered President Dmitry Medvedev — an avid user of Apple’s iPad — a new Blackberry tablet at a meeting on developing new technology.”

From Reuters

Putin minimizes Web censorship move

“MOSCOW, April 20 (UPI) — Vladimir Putin downplayed the threat of Internet censorship in Russia Wednesday despite security forces’ demands for e-mail access.

Two weeks ago, the FSB, successor to the KGB, moved to get access to online communication services like Gmail and Skype. The agency said the “uncontrolled use of these services could lead to a large-scale threat to Russian security,” RIA Novosti reported.”

From UPI