FSB wants to ban Skype, and Gmail ?
Intelligence agencies believe that these services threaten national security. Thus, they recognized that they can not monitor the correspondence and communication on these resources. The uncontrolled use of these services may lead to large-scale threat to Russian security – said the head of the center of information security and special communications FSB Alexander Andreechkin.
MOSCOW, April 8 – RIA Novosti. The Federal Security Service (FSB) inRussiais concerned about the use of data services with the use of encryption algorithms on the basis of foreign (eg, Skype, Gmail, Hotmail), seeing them as a potential threat toRussia’s national security. This was stated by deputy head of the Scientific and Technical Services – Head of Information Security Center and the special connection of the FSB, Alexander Andreechkin.
“In recent years the problem of using a network of general use of cryptographic encryption – especially foreign-made – a growing concern of the FSB. Subject to various software tools to encrypt traffic. This, in particular, services such as Gmail, Hotmail and Skype , “- he said the government commission on federal relations and information technology issues.
“The uncontrolled use of these services may lead to large-scale threat to Russian security,” – said the representative of the FSB. Thereafter, the meeting was held behind closed doors.
As explained by the results of his deputy chief of the Ministry of Communications Ilya Massukh, FSB proposed ban in Russia, the use of these services, explaining that the use of encryption systems are difficult to implement operational activities.
“For example, to access Gmail from law enforcement agencies are not regulated,” – said Massukh.
However, after a stormy discussion, it was decided to establish an interagency working group, which by the first of October to make proposals to the Government to settle the question of use of cryptographic means of public communication networks.
In this Massukh expressed confidence that the prohibition to the use of these services will not come. “Citizens restrict some technical way, we probably will not,” – said the official. “The position of the Ministry of Communications is that citizens do not prohibit, especially the Internet. You can offer some encryption, but they should be free” – added Massukh.
He also said that the working group will consist of representatives of state authorities. Of the operators may participate only “Rostelecom”.
Putin’s spokesman defended the FSB to issue a ban Skype and Gmail
Press Secretary to the Prime Minister said RSN that “the FSB did not express personal points of view.” “Of course, this is the position and department is carefully argued,” – said Dmitry Peskov.
The fact that the initiative to ban Skype and Gmail should be treated as the personal opinion of the representative of the FSB, just before source told RIA “News” in the Kremlin.
“There are other points of view – as opposed, for so” – said Sands. According to him, a decision must be made on the basis of inter-agency discussions.
Today, the chief center for protection of information and communication line Andreechkin the FSB, Alexander said the FSB sees services Skype, Gmail and Hotmail threat to national security and wants them banned.
“The uncontrolled use of these services may lead to large-scale threat toRussia’s security”, – said the representative of the FSB. Thereafter, the meeting was held behind closed doors.