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On September 24, the Russian Duma passed a bill moving the date on which all Internet services must host local data locally from Sept 1, 2016 to Jan 1, 2015. That is an effectively impossible timeline for international Internet companies, which is probably the whole point. While the bill has not been finally passed, the […]

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Russia puts a bounty on Tor's head

The Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs recently announced a contest to create a method to identify Tor users, with a prize of about $114,000. Clearly the government is worried about the ability of Tor to allow people to bypass the increasingly draconian Internet laws that have been put in place. This puts a big target […]

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Continuing the pattern of Internet restrictions I talked about before, Russia has passed a new law requiring Internet companies to keep the personal data of Russians in data centers within the country. The ostensible reason for this is to protect Russians against US Government snooping (in the wake of the Snowden leaks), and against other […]

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In episode 20 of our podcast for May I talk about: The need to target your privacy efforts Why your secrets may not be safe with secrecy apps The possibility of more light shining on National Security Letters Conflicted feelings about censorship in the Russian government Google and the right to be forgotten What you need to do […]

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Russia seems to have a conflicted relationship with Twitter and Internet censorship in general. While trying to portray themselves as open and democratic, they clearly have a real problem with the radical openness of social media like Twitter. Maxim Ksenzov, deputy head of Roscomnadzor (Russia’s censorship agency), said Twitter is a “global instrument for promoting political […]

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Sochi visitors entering hacking ‘minefield’ by firing up electronics | Security & Privacy – CNET News UPDATE: According to Errata security the NBC story about the hacking in Sochi total BS. Evidently: They were in Moscow, not Sochi. The hack was from sites they visited, not based on their location. They intentionally downloaded malware to their […]

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Russia’s Surveillance State | World Policy Institute In March of 2013 the Bureau of Diplomatic Security at the US State Department issued a travel advisory for Americans planning to attend the 2014 winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. As I blogged before, this is expected to be one of the most aggressively surveilled events ever. The […]

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Welcome to episode 13 of our podcast for September, 2013. In this episode I will talk about: A major security breach at Adobe How airplane mode can make your iPhone vulnerable to theft Russian plans to spy on visitors and athletes at the winter Olympics Whether you should move your cloud storage to the EU […]

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