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  • Earthling 1:40 am on September 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: absurdism in russian politics, buccal epithelium, crimea, critical information infrastructure attacks in russia, dangerous reposts on vk, database of internet extremists, demons, elina mamedova, FSB, how to bypass internet censorship in uzbekistan, , internet censorship in uzbekistan, , internet freedom in uzbekistan, National Coordination Center for Computer Incidents, reposts on vkontakte, risk of reposting, , , terrorists using telegram in uzbekistan, theater of absurdity, uzbekistan censorship, uzbekistan vpn, vkontakte repost, vpn in uzbekistan, yalta   

    September Internet Freedom Update 

    Russian government establishes center for combating cyberattacks

    By the order of the head of the FSB, the National Coordination Center for Computer Incidents (NCCCI) as been established. This center will coordinate defenses from cyberattacks of critical information infrastructure.

    (Translated from https://roskomsvoboda.org/41584/)

    Woman accused of internet extremism is asked for DNA and voice samples

    The defense of the 27-year-old Crimean woman Elina Mamedova assumes that these requests are used by the authorities to form a certain database of “extremists”.

    The Investigative Committee demanded from a resident of Yalta, 27-year-old Elina Mamedova, accused of extremism for her posts on the internet, that she provide samples of saliva, voice and buccal epithelium (DNA collected via a cotton swab in the cheek). This was reported by her lawyer, Alexei Ladin of the human rights group Agora, who suggested that these samples are needed to form a “database of extremists”.

    Ladin also said:

    Obviously, the evidentiary value of samples of voice, saliva and DNA borders on absurdity. …The defense is convinced that the criminal prosecution of Elina Mamedova is unconstitutional, in connection with which she has refused to provide samples, in order to minimize her participation in the theater of absurdity.”

    Mamedov is accused of inciting hatred or enmity on the basis of nationality (Part 1, Article 282 of the Criminal Code). The criminal case was opened on the basis of reposts on VKontakte, which she shared back in 2014 and 2015.

    (Translated from https://roskomsvoboda.org/41549)

    In Uzbekistan, officialized internet censorship is responded to with instructions to circumvent it

    The Uzbek authorities have officially approved the rules for blocking websites, although this country has long restricted access to internet resources that provide alternative information about events in the country.

    Against the backdrop of the adoption of these rules, and also in reaction to some Facebook malfunctions which were mistaken for blocks, popular web publications began to publish instructions on circumvention of blocks, and the usage of VPNs in particular. Examples have been given for VPN installation and relevant browser extensions and phone applications.

    The difficulties in accessing Facebook were encountered by users of several countries in early September. The failure partially touched the US, as well as Europe and Asia. These problems were explained as technical problems. Later it was reported that access to the service in Uzbekistan was still absent, although Facebook could be accessed via VPN.

    Meanwhile, in Uzbekistan, resources that provide alternative information about events in the country have long been blocked. Access to the Fergana website was blocked after the 2005 Andijon events . However, the authorities officially denied blocking the website. Popular instant messengers as Skype, Telegram, Viber and WhatsApp have also been blocked. Online communications, according to some Central Asian governments, are the main tool of terrorists.

    (Translated from https://roskomsvoboda.org)

  • Earthling 12:23 am on May 26, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: AIS Search, Cyberdrain, FSB, Kids and drugs in Russia, , Russia counter-narcotics, Russia counterterrorism, , Russian war on drugs, Teaching kids to visit terrorist sites   

    Russia: In Kogalym, schoolchildren are taught to visit terrorist and drug sites 


    “Hello, is this the FSB? I found two terrorists, they’re yelling that they were just playing.”

    In their search for prohibited information on the Internet, the local police are assisted by the “Cyberdrain” cells, created with the cooperation of seven local schools and a polytechnic college.

    Nobody could come up with something better than the authorities of Kogalym: to attract adolescents to monitor the Internet to search for prohibited information in it. It would seem that the efforts of minors are aimed at a good cause – helping the police, but if you get into the heart of the matter, the question arises: “What were the authors of this project thinking?” Uncles and aunts happily report how they were involved with the cells of the youth social movement in Kogalym,“Cyberdrain”, formed from seven local schools and the Kogalym Polytechnic College, without even going into details.

    The Kogalym authorities also say that the Department of Information Technologies of Ugra is now introducing a specialized system into the work of Cyberdrain, AIS search, which law enforcement officers use to identify extremist sites. For example, Svetlana Mikhaleva, Head of the Department of Interdepartmental Cooperation in Ensuring Public Order and Security of the City Administration, says that “since the beginning of the year nine sites with extremist, terrorist and narcotic materials have been identified using this program.”

    Once again: the children are engaged in identifying those materials that the state seems to have banned even viewing, and for which fines are issued to schools, libraries, or cafes, if suddenly the public internet access provided by them is not properly filtered. That is, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Prosecutor General’s Office, Rospotrebnadzor and the courts, according to the federal law No. 436-FZ,“protect children from harmful information”, sometimes registering absolutely harmless sites in the register of banned sites, and authorities of Kogalym invite children to search in the network of “Bookmarks” for sermons from violent Islamists or content sowing interethnic/interracial hatred. It is unlikely that anyone will believe that minors do not read these materials, which affect the child’s developing psyche in an unpredictable manner.

    Yes, we understand that it is impossible to protect children from dangerous information on the internet, and it is hardly necessary to deal with the state — the family’s task is to keep the child from bad habits and bad acquaintances. However, the authorities of Kogalym think differently apparently, revealing before the minors a whole “garden of forbidden fruits.” Naturally, the position of the local Ministry of Internal Affairs also raises questions, since they for some reason consider this practice normal, and even make use of a service such as “Cyberdrain”.

    RosKomSvoboda requested comments from experts, and they were extremely surprised by what was happening in Kogalym.

    The former FSB officer, lawyer and human rights activist Vladislav Yusupov calls this practice an official crime. Furthermore, for operational work to discover and prevent extremism and terrorism, the data obtained by adolescents from the network are of zero value — they, rather, will even harm the “pathfinders” themselves:

    “Children cannot and do not have the right to participate in the search for extremism, because they are not experts — in cases of extremism and terrorism, the participation of the latter is always necessary. And the very fact of inviting children or adolescents to search for such information is the abuse of official authority. In such cases it is necessary to write an application to the Investigative Committee, so that they will understand this. So this cannot be left alone.”

    The PhD in Psychology and representative of the Pirate Party of Russia, Pavel Rassudov, commented on this incident in his usual ironic manner:

    “I do not understand the logic — why some social movements and law enforcement agencies consider it possible to involve children in the study of drug-related sites? In my opinion, it is a bit early to teach adolescents to bypass to access shops with drug bookmarks.

    Well, for students, especially the senior classes, it would be more effective to use them to search for pornographic sites. I hope that the participation in these cyber-searches is not attracted voluntarily-compulsorily.

    On the other hand, given that over 6 months, only 9 sites were found by the cyber-hunters, it can be assumed that only one schoolchild is involved in the squad, and that one is a slacker.”

    The system of searching for extremist and narcotic sites using cyber-assistants was tested in HMAO in 2017.“Participation in the AIS Search by the activists of the Cyberdrain social movement,” law enforcement officials assure us, “should bring results. Now, training for the use of the program will be organized for the public.”

    Translated from RosKomSvoboda: https://roskomsvoboda.org/39028/

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