Contents tagged with FSB

  • Media: Russia decided to block Telegram messenger because of Durov’s plans to launch his own cryptocurrency

    Russia has decided to block Durov’s messenger Telegram in response to founder Pavel Durov’s plans to launch his own cryptocurrency, reports RBC news agency,citing an internal letter of the Federal Security Servicen (FSB).

    “The story is not about terrorism. Pasha Durov decided to become a new Sergei Mavrodi [a Russian financial fraudster],” the letter reads. “After such cryptocurrency is laucnhed in Russia, we would have a completely uncontrolled financial system. It is not Bitcoin for a …

  • Russia to block Telegram messenger service

    Moscow's Tagansky District Court has decided to restrict access to the Internet messenger Telegram on the territory of Russia. The restriction will be enforced until the encryption keys are handed over to the Federal Security Service (FSB), Russian media outlet MediaZona reports.

    Russia's Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) will enforce the decision of the court. The ruling of the court can be appealed within a month.

    The …

  • Russia intends to block Telegram messaging service

    The Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media, better known as Roskomnadzor, has filed a lawsuit in Moscow's Tagansky District Court to limit Telegram's access to information resources in Russia. This has been reported on the agency's website.

    The initial cause of the claim is that the messenger refused to provide the FSB with the encryption keys for its user’s conversations.

    On March 20, Roskomnadzor issued an official notification on …

  • Ukrainian Security Service shuts down the operation of the office of ‘pro-Kremlin hackers’ in Kyiv

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) claims to have unmasked the activities of the office of "pro-Kremlin hackers" in Kyiv.

    The SBU press center says that "the hacker group controlled by the FSB of Russia organized cyberattacks, in particular against critical infrastructure facilities, state, and bank institutions."

    According to the department, the persons involved in the case used internet anonymizers to prevent the identification of the attacks, and used so-called "bot farms" to conduct …

  • Kremlin denies that top official's plane was used to transport cocaine from Argentina to Russia

    The plane belonging to Current Russian Security Council Secretary and former Federal Security Service (FSB) Director Nikolai Patrushev was not used to transport suitcases of cocaine as part of a joint Russian-Argentine intelligence operation. A statement to this effect was made by the Russian Security Council on Sunday, Interfax reports.

    “This is someone’s imagination and a fake,” the state advisory body stressed. An Interfax source remarked that the aircraft in question was not intended to …

  • Spain extradites Russian businessman accused of stealing from FSB

    Spain has extradited Invest Victoria CEO Mikhail Lyagin, who is accused of stealing more than 550 million rubles ($9.7 million) from an FSB enterprise, the press service of the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) told Interfax.

    Russia’s Investigative Committee has charged Lyagin according to two articles of the Criminal Code – Art. 159 (fraud on an especially large scale) and Art. 174 (money laundering). The case is being overseen by the Sochi department of the Russian Ministry of …

  • Russian FSB detains Ukrainian citizen in Crimea on suspicion of working for Ukrainian Secret Service

    Ukrainian citizen Konstantin Davydenko, who has been detained in Simferopol, confessed that he was assigned by the Security Service of Ukraine to go to the Crimea to collect information, reported TASS, citing a video recording by the FSB. The suspect’s testimony was recorded on video, the report said.

    On the video, Davydenko said that he arrived in the Crimea “following instructions of the Ukrainian Secret Service” and that he had to give information to someone named Vitaly.

    The detained man …

  • Georgian TV channel publishes letter from Poroshenko to Russian FSB

    On Saturday evening the Georgian TV channel Rustavi 2, which is closely connected to Mikheil Saakashvili, former Georgian president and leader of the Movement of New Forces party in Ukraine, disclosed a letter addressed to the FSB, supposedly signed by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in 2007. The Presidential Administration published a statement refuting the authenticity of document in a matter of hours. The TV channel insists that the letter is authentic, and proposes that it be subjected …

  • Security Service of Ukraine warns that FSB is 'hunting' Ukrainians in Russia

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) said that the FSB is hunting Ukrainians in Russian territory, and says that it is extremely dangerous to travel to the “aggressor country”. A statement to this effect was released on the SBU’s official website.

    In this connection the SBU warned Ukrainians of the danger of being in Russia, which is confirmed by “multiple documented facts of Russian provocation as part of the hybrid war”.According to SBU head Vasyl Hrytsak, Russian intelligence is “trying to …

  • Russian hacker accuses FSB of involvement in the creation of Lurk and WannaCry computer viruses

    The creation of the WannaCry and Lurk computer viruses was supervised by employees of the Federal Security Service (FSB) of Russia, said Russian hacker Konstantin Kozlovsky, who was arrested in connection with the Lurk case, reported Dozhd TV.

    Russia denied its involvement in the emergence of WannaCry, which infected hundreds of thousands of computers around the world. Nothing was reported about the role of Russian special services in the creation of the Lurk virus as well, which was used to …