Twenty-first edition of the N&O column / Spooks newsletter

(Date: Mon, 20 Dec 1999 22:41:18 +0100)

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SORM - Russia's big brother....

The following interesting info was published in various editions of the Moscow Times in 1998 and 1999.

SORM [Sistema Operativno-Rozysknykh Meropriyatii], or "System of Ensuring Investigative Activity" was introduced in 1995 when the government gave the FSB the right to monitor all telecommunications transmissions, including the internet. The latter has been made possible by an additional regulation from July 1998 indicating that under SORM-2 internet providers are legally bound to install, at their own expense, a special device on their servers to track every credit card transaction, e-mail message or visit to a web site without the user ever knowing he is being watched. The ISPs have to send the retrieved information directly to the FSB. The costs for an ISP are estimated from $10,000 to $30,000. Needless to say that a number of smaller providers had to shut down because they have no resources for such an investment.


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