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. Fines for offending companies could be about $15,000.
Russian Senator Yelena Mizulina argued that the new bill needed to become law because, because the kids of today are brainwashed in closed groups on the internet to murder police officers. Of course that is not as bad as having police officers murdering journalists who write bad things about Tsar Putin but Mizulina also wants to look at “pre-filtering” messages. We are not sure how she will do that, we guess that if a person sends a message it will be looked at by a government official (or an AI bot) before it is sent.
While government authorities around the world argue in favor of special access backdoors, a vast consensus of technologists argue such backdoors will undermine cybersecurity and create an internet more dangerous and volatile than ever before.