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Personal Data Protection in Russia

On July 1, 2017 new amendments on personal data came into legal effect in Russian legislation. They dictate new rules on processing and storage personal data, and impose additional requirements on service providers. At the present moment Russian IT infrastructure migrates to cloud storages. As is in European countries this tendency is enforced by legislation, specifically Federal Law 152 “Personal ... Read More »

Internet users will go to darknet In Russia

Since November 1, a law regulating usage of VPN services and anonymizers in Russia is in full force. For Internet users it has become more difficult to get out of any Russian censorship. “Novaya Gazeta” interviewed Artem Kozlyuk in order to find out how the new act works and how users “survive” in harsh circumstances. Kozlyuk is the head of ... Read More »

Secrecy of communication is violated 435 thousand times in Russia

According to the data provided by the judicial department of the Supreme Court of Russia, legal enforcement agencies have submitted 436,800 petitions for breaching the confidentiality of correspondence in 2017. 99.68% of them were upheld. It is important to understand that LEAs tracked messages and intercepted phone calls in the course of so called “investigating activities.” In these cases, officers ... Read More »

“The number of cybercrimes in Russia has increased six fold, reaching $18 million in damage”

Yuri Chaika, the Attorney General of Russia, reported significant increases in cybercrimes in the state during 2017, which number grew six times as much for the last 3 years. At the meeting devoted to cyber counterstrikes Chaika provided the following data: “For the period 2013-2016 the number of cybercrimes increased from 11,000 to 66,000. And in 2017 the growth is ... Read More »

Several Internet Drug Dealers Busted in Russia

According to reports from Russia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, authorities arrested three Russian citizens for selling drugs on the internet. The three, believed to have been part of an organized drug trafficking group, allegedly sold illegal substances in exchange for cryptocurrencies. The Investigation Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Kaluga Oblast investigated three suspects involved in organized drug ... Read More »

US Fights Russia Over Alleged BTC-e Founder Extradition

A Greek court cleared the way for Alexander Vinnik, a suspected operator of the Bitcoin exchange formerly known as BTC-e, to be cleared for extradition to the United States. Vinnik faces money laundering charges in the US. However, as a Russian citizen, Vinnik protested the extradition to the US and agreed to surrender himself to Russia. Russia issued an extradition ... Read More »

Russia Clash with the U.S over Extradition of Cybercriminal from Greece

Reports from a Greek judicial official reveals that Russia and the United States have once locked horns again after Russia sought an extradition of a Russian national believed to be a cybercriminal who was arrested in Greece at the request of the United States. Aleksandr Vinnik was the mastermind of the crime organization accused of laundering over $4 billion in ... Read More »

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Russia Goes After Tor, VPNs, and Proxies in Latest Bill

In Russia, a bill further restricting internet freedom and privacy has come close to becoming law. The bill finally takes steps to prevent the public from using Tor, VPNs, and web proxies. All that remains before the bill becomes a law is the signature of President Vladimir Putin. Both the Russian Parliament and the Russian Federation Council approved the bill ... Read More »

Two More Internet Drug Dealers Arrested in Russia

As a result of an ongoing operation into drug trafficking on the area, the Federal Drug Control Service of the Russian Federation (FSKN) arrested two members of a group responsible for the production and distribution of amphetamine in St. Petersburg. The two suspects sold their products through an online drug store. The FSKN identified an organized crime ring operating out ... Read More »

Russia Investigates an Online Drug Trafficking Ring

Russian Authorities arrested four suspects in an investigation into a large scale drug trafficking network that operated from Ussuriysk, Primorsky Krai, Russia. The Drug Control Department of the Ministry of the Interior confirmed that the suspects were in custody and had been charged on June 5. During the investigation, undercover officers bought from one of the main suspects—a 42-year-old in ... Read More »

Czech Court Approves Extradition Of LinkedIn Hacker: But To The US Or Russia?

A judge in the Czech Republic approved the extradition of Russian hacker Yevgeny Nikulin, a.k.a. “Peace” or “peace_of_mind”, who is accused of serious crimes in both the US and Russia. The cybercriminal can be extradited based on the current charges. However, the court did not specify which country. The Russian hacker was arrested in a joint operation between the Federal ... Read More »

No ban for Bitcoin in Russia

Although the relationship between Russia and Bitcoin has always been uneasy, the cryptocurrency was never officially banned in the country. A new statement by the Bank of Russia now reveals that Bitcoin will, in fact, remain legal in Russia and that no further action to prohibit its use. Although the currency is still not seen as legal tender in Russia, ... Read More »

A ransomware master known as “Pornopoker” was arrested in Russia

A publication from BleepingComputer reports that a man known as “Pornopoker” has been arrested by Russian authorities, for writing and distributing ransomware. His real name is yet to be released. Pornopoker, allegedly a 40-year-old man from Volgograd, Russia, was arrested at the Domodedovo International Airport, located near Moscow. He was caught by Russian authorities after he returned from Thailand where ... Read More »

Russia And US Compete For Czech Extradition Of LinkedIn Hacker

Yevgeny Nikulin a.k.a Peace, a 29-year-old Russian citizen was accused of hacking US social media platforms including LinkedIn, Dropbox, and Formspring. Nikulin was arrested in a Prague hotel’s restaurant on October 5 in a joint action between the FBI and Czech law enforcement authorities. Now, being held in detention in the Czech Republic, both Russia and the US wants the ... Read More »