'They wanted me gone': Edward Snowden tells of whistleblowing, his AI fears and six years in Russia

'They wanted me gone': Edward Snowden tells of whistleblowing, his AI fears and six years in Russia

In an exclusive two-hour interview in Moscow to mark the publication of his memoirs, Permanent Record, Snowden said dire warnings that his disclosures would cause harm had not come to pass, and even former critics now conceded “we live in a better, freer and safer world” because of his revelations.

Snubbed by Google, Huawei is trying out a Russian operating system instead of Android

Snubbed by Google, Huawei is trying out a Russian operating system instead of Android

For the purpose, it will use 3,60,000 tablets which run on the Russian operating system---Aurora.The smartphone maker kickstarted a pilot programme where it will use a Russian operating system to replace Android.

Telegram: the messaging app driving Hong Kong’s decentralized revolution

Telegram: the messaging app driving Hong Kong’s decentralized revolution

Hong Kong authorities have also attempted to clamp down on Telegram group members, which protestors say is taking cues from the ways China polices the Internet.

Russian lawmakers want to restrict email access by telephone verification, and force providers to block banned information

Russian lawmakers want to restrict email access by telephone verification, and force providers to block banned information

Led by senators Andrey Klishas and Alexander Bashkin, the lawmakers have also proposed requiring email services to block messages containing information banned in Russia within 24 hours of being notified by the state authorities.“The adoption of this legislation will significantly reduce the number of false terrorist messages distributed through email services, create the legal conditions for bringing criminals to justice, and reduce the economic damage from such communications,” claims the draft law’s explanatory note.

Opinion | Does Russia Want More Than Your Old Face?

Opinion | Does Russia Want More Than Your Old Face?

We’ve had a national digital freakout this week over whether the popular FaceApp app is a Russian plot to steal the visages and other personal data of American citizens for nefarious purposes. And it’s scaring a lot of Americans.

Hackers breach FSB contractor, expose Tor deanonymization project and more

Hackers breach FSB contractor, expose Tor deanonymization project and more

Hackers have breached SyTech, a contractor for FSB, Russia's national intelligence service, from where they stole information about internal projects the company was working on behalf of the agency -- including one for deanonymizing Tor traffic.

As Russian “FaceApp” gobbles up user photos, Schumer asks FBI to investigate

As Russian “FaceApp” gobbles up user photos, Schumer asks FBI to investigate

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has called for a federal investigation into FaceApp, saying the Russian-operated mobile application "could pose national security and privacy risks for millions of US citizens.". This has raised privacy concerns, as Americans are uploading photographs and device-related data to a service operated by a company based in Russia.

Kaspersky VPN Now Blocks 'Pirate' Sites in Russia

Kaspersky VPN Now Blocks 'Pirate' Sites in Russia

As a result, if tools with the ability to circumvent the blacklist don’t play ball by respecting its contents, they also face being blocked by ISPs. This proposal came to head earlier this year when telecoms watchdog Roscomnadzor wrote to several major VPN providers – NordVPN, ExpressVPN, TorGuard, IPVanish, VPN Unlimited, VyprVPN, Kaspersky Secure Connection, HideMyAss!, Hola VPN, and OpenVPN – demanding compliance .

Report: Russia Will Block Nine VPN Services in July

Report: Russia Will Block Nine VPN Services in July

The other providers contacted by Roskomnadzor include popular services like OpenVPN, NordVPN, four others with VPN in their names, IPVanish, TorGuard and Hide My Ass. Most were explicit in their refusal to comply with the regulator's demands, assuring their users that they weren't interested in perpetuating the Russian government's censorship.

Russia exposed: How Putin’s henchmen are ALREADY manipulating the internet

Russia exposed: How Putin’s henchmen are ALREADY manipulating the internet

“They are not the only government to use information control on the internet as a weapon against a population, but they are one of the most aggressive.” In November 2018, Russian website Sputnik published a news story about the Kerch incident with Ukraine, which resulted in the arrest by Russia of 24 Ukrainian soldiers, blaming the incident on Russian negligence or hostility, Mr Williams said.

Russia’s “Sovereign Internet” is About Counterintelligence

Russia’s “Sovereign Internet” is About Counterintelligence

The moves by Russia to increase control over its own citizens and to filter incoming content into the country look like attempts to prevent the same thing happening to their own society.

It’s payback time? Russia slaps Facebook with… $47 fine

It’s payback time? Russia slaps Facebook with… $47 fine

In April, Twitter was also penalized $47 for similar violations as the two social media platforms continue to resist the 2015 law that forbids the storing of personal data of Russian citizens on servers abroad.

Is Russia’s Internet ban an elaborate ploy to block Telegram?

Is Russia’s Internet ban an elaborate ploy to block Telegram?

Russian lawmakers on Thursday approved a controversial bill to cut off the country’s internet traffic from foreign servers and block popular messaging app, Telegram. Telegram is insanely popular in Russia, where its encrypted technology makes it possible for people to communicate without government snooping, and for protest organizers to operate with impunity.

Russia passes bill to allow internet to be cut off from foreign servers

Russia passes bill to allow internet to be cut off from foreign servers

Russia passes bill to allow internet to be cut off from foreign servers. Critics say implementing the measures would be expensive and give vast censorship powers to the government’s new traffic monitoring centre.

Why Russia Might Shut Off the Internet

Why Russia Might Shut Off the Internet

“One of the speakers at the rally claimed that the Kremlin wanted to press a button and switch the Internet off,” he told the Russian wire agency Interfax.

The ‘Unreality’ of Russian Internet Censorship — Is There an Escape?

The ‘Unreality’ of Russian Internet Censorship — Is There an Escape?

Some bigger providers, such as PIA, had their websites blocked in Russia Thus, VPN is the most popular way to fight growing internet censorship in Russia and other restricted countries.

Russia’s Roskomnadzor orders VPNs to censor “banned” sites

Russia’s Roskomnadzor orders VPNs to censor “banned” sites

The Roskomnadzor, Russia’s government censorship agency, has issued formal notices to ten non-Russian VPN providers demanding that they “hook up” to the Roskomnadzor’s list of banned sites and start complying with said blocks within 30 business days.

Russia doubles down on censorship with new ‘fake news’ and ‘internet insults’ law

Russia doubles down on censorship with new ‘fake news’ and ‘internet insults’ law

The Russian government has passed a new censorship law that allows it to target individuals and websites for such nondescript crimes as spreading “fake news” and “disrespecting” state symbols of figures – including Vladimir Putin.

Thousands protest Russia’s plans to cut off Russians’ internet access to the outside world

Thousands protest Russia’s plans to cut off Russians’ internet access to the outside world

These protests were similar to those seen in summer 2017 after Russia revealed plans to add VPN websites to their website blacklist All in all, BBC reports that over 15,000 Russians marched on Moscow.

Russia considers 'unplugging' from internet

Russia considers 'unplugging' from internet

Major disruption The draft law, called the Digital Economy National Program, requires Russia's ISPs to ensure that it can operate in the event of foreign powers acting to isolate the country online.

Russia to disconnect from the internet as part of a planned test

Russia to disconnect from the internet as part of a planned test

Russian authorities and major internet providers are planning to disconnect the country from the internet as part of a planned experiment, Russian news agency RosBiznesKonsalting (RBK) reported last week.

Unsecured MongoDB databases expose Kremlin's backdoor into Russian businesses

Unsecured MongoDB databases expose Kremlin's backdoor into Russian businesses

"I had to do some digging to understand that the Kremlin requires remote access to systems that handle financial transactions." The researcher says that after his initial finding, he later found the same "[email protected]" account on over 2,000 other MongoDB databases that had been left exposed online, all belonging to local and foreign businesses operating in Russia.

Appeals Court: IRS 'Misunderstands' FOIA Obligations in EPIC Case, but Trump's Tax Returns Still Withheld

Appeals Court: IRS 'Misunderstands' FOIA Obligations in EPIC Case, but Trump's Tax Returns Still Withheld

Appeals Court: IRS 'Misunderstands' FOIA Obligations in EPIC Case, but Trump's Tax Returns Still Withheld The D.C. Circuit ruled today that the IRS "misunderstands its FOIA disclosure obligations" in EPIC v. IRS, EPIC's Freedom of Information Act case to obtain public release of President Trump's tax returns.

Russian court orders Telegram messaging app to pay fine

Russian court orders Telegram messaging app to pay fine

The fine came after Telegram refused to provide its users' encryption keys to Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB). Encryption keys like the ones used by Telegram and other messaging services enable users to communicate in a way that keeps the content of their messages secret even if they are intercepted by intelligence services or other third parties.

Facebook Censorship and Surveillance (Workers Vanguard) 24 Aug 2018 |…

Facebook Censorship and Surveillance (Workers Vanguard) 24 Aug 2018 |…

The content shared by the users was generally left-liberal, with pages like “Black Elevation,” “Aztlan Warriors” and “Resisters.” As we go to press, Facebook announced it had taken down another 652 “fake accounts,” linking them to a purported new “political influence campaign” with ties to Russia and Iran.