Russian regulator investigates VPN services

Apr

16

2018

for circumventing Telegram blockade
Russian telecom watchdog Roskomnadzor maps proxies and vpn services that make it possible to circumvent the blockade of Telegram. The service seems to be considering taking measures against such services.

Roskomnadzor is conducting research into vpn services proxies with which the Telegram blockade can be circumvented and will make decisions based on the outcome, reports the Russian press service TASS . It is not clear which decisions the service is considering, but Roskomnadzor points out that the verdict of last week, on the basis of which access must be made impossible, also applies to proxies and VPNs.

The blockade of Telegram blockade went into effect on Monday after Roskomnadzor ordered providers in the country to stop access to the chat service. According to The Moscow Times, the watchdog has asked Google and Apple to remove the Telegram from the Play Store and the App Store.

On Friday, the Moscow court ruled that Telegram in Russia should be blocked on the basis of the Roskomnadzor claim. The Russian telecom watchdog forced this because the chat service refused to hand over his encryption keys to the intelligence service FSB.

Telegram founder Pavel Durov continues to oppose the demands of Russia: “Privacy is not for sale.” On Twitter he calls it ‘drafting’ that authoritarian regimes want to block Telegram because of encryption, but leave other services untouched.

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