Russia’s telecommunications watchdog Roskomnadzor has instituted administrative proceedings against Facebook and Twitter after they refused to store data of Russian users on servers located in the country.
“On January 31, 2020, Roskomnadzor instituted administrative proceedings against Facebook, Inc and Twitter, Inc
Both companies could be condemned to pay a fine ranging between 1 million rubles (approximately $16,000) and 6 million rubles ($94,000).
“You can bypass bans, but if the company works [in Russia], it’ll have to pay,” Deputy Communications Minister Alexei Volin told the state-run TASS news agency Thursday.
The Russian government has already blocked the p
This week the Russian government has blocked the ProtonMail end-to-end encrypted email service and ProtonVPN VPN service.
Roskomnadzor explained that the services were abused by cybercriminals and that Proton Technologies refused to register them with state authorities. The Russian government asks all Internet service providers and VPN providers operating in the country to provide information about their users.
“On January 29, based on the requirements of the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Russian Federation, Roskomnadzor will restrict access to the mail service Protonmail.com (Switzerland),” reads a press release published by Roskomnadzor, the Russia’s telecommunications watchdog.
“This email service was used by cybercriminals both in 2019 and especially actively in January 2020 to send false messages under the guise of reliable information about mass mining of objects in the Russian Federation,”
Roskomnadzor decided to block the Proton Technologies after the company refused to provide information about the owners of the mailboxes used to send the bombing threats.
(SecurityAffairs – United Nations, hacking)