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Telegram: Highest Russian court orders help with decryption


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In Russia, Telegram has also failed before the Supreme Court in an attempt to defend itself against a call from the FSB to assist in decryption. Now the blocking of the messenger threatens.

The telegram chat service has also failed before the Russian Supreme Court in an attempt to ward off forced cooperation with the FSB. The news agency Tass reports that the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation confirmed the request to Telegram. The FSB requires operators to help with the decryption of chats in the messenger. Telegram now remain 15 days to comply with the request, otherwise threatened with the suspension, said the State Regulatory Authority for Telecommunications Roskomnadzor, writes Deutsche Welle. Telegram CEO Pawel Durow said on Twitter that the blackmail threat will not bear fruit, his service will stand for freedom and privacy.
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Telegram was convicted in October 2017 of a fine of 800,000 rubles (around 12,000 euros) because it did not want to help in deciphering communication between six telephone numbers. The FSB approached the service in July, requesting information to decrypt messages between these users. Telegram had argued that the FSB's request violated the secrecy of correspondence. Recently, a lawyer of the FSB had told the supreme court, this rule does not apply to messenger services. He was apparently able to convince the court.

The messenger offers only in the so-called "secret chats" an end-to-end encrypted communication. Since these "secret chats" but rarely used, a monitoring of otherwise only transport encrypted communication by third parties, as required by the FSB, quite possible. Competitors such as WhatsApp or Signal invariably protect all chats about end-to-end encryption against outside insights and even such surveillance. The only viable option for third parties to actively read this would be to control a device that is registered as the user's device.

 

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Telegram devs truly are awesome ! I'm seriously thinking about moving to Telegram if they win the case.

 

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6 hours ago, Togijak said:

Telegram now remain 15 days to comply with the request, otherwise threatened with the suspension, said the State Regulatory Authority for Telecommunications Roskomnadzor, writes Deutsche Welle. Telegram CEO Pawel Durow said on Twitter that the blackmail threat will not bear fruit, his service will stand for freedom and privacy.

 

I hope Pavel Durov stays true to his word because what happens in encryption stays in encryption like what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

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I don't trust any encryption 100% as long you can't be sure the OS / hardware has no backdoor's. Simplest example for a incalculable risk is like private keys of GPG are stored in a computer. If a user is a target of a secret service he only can use GPG if the key's are generated and only used on a device that never was connected to the internet and is full encrypted or generated in Tails and only stored in the persistent volume. Last aspect is the reason why I am waiting for the integration of veracrypt in TAILS.

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