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[FYI] Systema operativno-rozysknykh meropriyatii

[Ich verstehe die Aufregung nicht. Die russischen Bedarfstraeger 
ziehen doch nur das durch, was "unsere" Bundesregierung anno 1998 
auch in Deutschland fuer gut und richtig zu halten schien.  ;-)]


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18 February 1999. TTA. 

SOURCE: http://www.times.spb.ru/current/internet.htm

The St. Petersburg Times, No. 441, Tuesday, 16 February 1999

FSB Sets Sights on Internet Control

By Jen Tracy
Staff Writer

Free-range monitoring of the Internet by Russia's Federal Security
Service, or FSB, may soon be as easy as clicking a mouse - a situation
that has local service providers forecasting both the demise of their
businesses and the complete loss of private electronic correspondence
for St. Petersburg's 50,000 Internet users.

In fact, industry analysts and providers say, the only thing standing
between the FSB and unlimited access to Internet correspondence is a
little matter of who picks up the check for the necessary technology.
If the FSB has its way, a regulation currently pending approval in the
federal Justice Ministry will soon have the service providers
themselves paying for the very upgrades that will leave their clients
vulnerable to unchecked and unwelcome surveillance.

The regulation, SORM-2, is an addition to SORM-1 (Systema
operativno-rozysknykh meropriyatii, or System of Ensuring
Investigative Activity) - a regulation, already in place in Russia,
which allows the FSB to monitor telecommunications transmissions
provided it obtains and shows a warrant to providers.

SORM-2, if enacted, will add insult to injury - from the perspective
of Internet Service Providers, or ISPs - by not only allowing FSB
agents to receive information without first showing a warrant, but
also passing to ISPs the cost of the technical upgrades required to
establish "hotlines" automatically bouncing information directly to
FSB computers. Such upgrades, analysts say, will not only set ISPs
back thousands of dollars a month but will likely decimate their
client base as well.


Copyright 1999 The St. Petersburg Times.

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