terça-feira, 29 de março de 2016

Russia: internet mogul launches online Center to combat the "attacks"

Natalia Kasperskaya, co-founder of "Kaspersky Lab" â€" company creator of Kaspersky antivirus-software, decided to launch the first online centre of prevention against "attacks". The physical basis of the Center will be in Innopolis, a new "Silicon Valley" Russian, near Kazan in Tatarstan, according to explains the site Globalvoices.org.

In statements to the newspaper Vedomosti said that "Russia already has agencies to combat and respond to cyber attacks, but this will be the first organization of its kind, guarding and combat online information attacks".

Kasperskaya expects to receive orders from the Russian Government. During a meeting last year with professionals of "ciberindústria", President Vladimir Putin suggested that the security se rvices and other State agencies should make the "threats" online information a priority and search tools to the watch.

The Kremlin has not yet reacted to the announcement, last week, of the creation of the Center proposed by the internet mogul. The company is still in a phase of prospecting, looking for investors for the project.

According to Igor Ashmanov, Kasperskaya project partner, an "information attack" consists of "propaganda campaigns, misinformation, untruths and viral content" for political or commercial.

The Center will use a software "online reputation management" developed by the laboratory Kribrum, another joint project of Kasperskaya and Ashmanov, which is "sophisticated enough to predict an onslaught of infor mation online as soon as it is started, as well as identify those responsible".

Tetyana Lokot, researcher and contributor of Global Voices, claims that the Russian authorities are trying to increase pressure on internet users, since the traditional tools to block and filter content are considered ineffective.

According to the latest annual report of the Human Rights Defense Group Now:

"Prison sentences effectively assigned by sharing information published on social networks seek to intimidate users, so they don't discuss sensitive social issues. The themes that represent greater risk in this aspect, are in particular the annexation of Crimea, the Russian military maneuvers in East Ukraine, religion, VIOLENCE, corruption or a nti-Government protests. "

The non-profit organization Freedom House, who watches including the democratic development in the world, points out that the freedom of the internet in Russia has "deteriorated steadily" in recent years.

In the latest ranking, Russia appears classified as "not free", between Egypt and Thailand.

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