The FSB in favor of the prohibition of anonymity in the messengers


Dmitry Azarov / Kommersant

The Director of the Federal security service (FSB) of Russia Alexander Bortnikov at the meeting of heads of special services and law enforcement agencies stated that his Department is in favor of the prohibition of the circulation of anonymous SIM cards anonymous messengers.

“In social networks, including their Russian segment, bandits are a private group, with positions undergoing psychological treatment and involvement in terrorist activities new supporters, raising money, learning the ways of committing sabotage and terrorist acts and tactics of conducting combat operations against units of the security services”, — quotes TASS of mister Bortnikova. According to him, the number of such accounts in social networks made up of several hundreds of thousands.

In addition, Alexander Bortnikov said that the members all revealed in Russia cells of terrorist organizations were used by messengers with a high degree of encryption. So, according to him, the preparation of a terrorist attack in St. Petersburg metro the actions of the suicide bomber and his accomplices were coordinated from abroad, emissaries of the terrorist organization “Islamic state” (IG; banned in Russia) via WhatsApp and Telegram.

At the end of September it became known that the Russian government has developed a draft resolution on the procedure of identification of users of instant messaging by subscriber numbers. The document says that the messenger will not need to obtain the consent of users to the implementation of the identification. We will remind, in July the state Duma adopted in the third reading the law on the regulation of messengers.