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by Tymoteusz A. Góral

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#979 Russian bill requires encryption backdoors in all messenger apps
Backdoors into encrypted communications may soon be mandatory in Russia.

A new bill in the Russian Duma, the country's lower legislative house, proposes to make cryptographic backdoors mandatory in all messaging apps in the country so the Federal Security Service—the successor to the KGB—can obtain special access to all communications within the country.

Apps like WhatsApp, Viber, and Telegram, all of which offer varying levels of encrypted security for messages, are specifically targeted in the "anti-terrorism" bill, according to Russian-language media. Fines for offending companies could reach 1 million rubles or about $15,000.
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#979 Russian bill requires encryption backdoors in all messenger apps
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