Russia might ban Tor and virtual private networks2015-02-19 10:05 by Daniela
Russia reportedly wants to block access to virtual private networks (VPN) and the anonymizing browser Tor. The idea is supported by country's lawmakers and largest Internet censorship lobby.
The first hint came from Leonid Levin, chairman of the Russian State Duma Committee on Information Policy and Communication, at a conference on Feb. 5. According to him, a possitive side effect of blocking anonymizing services would be the decrease of the amount of malware and the number of cyberattacks on Russian computers.
"One of the factors in the formation of the Internet environment in our country has become the authority for the pretrial blocking of websites," Leonid Levin said in a speech. "It allows [us] to block information banned in Russia quickly. At the same time the pretrial blocking of anonymizing services deserves attention, such as access to the anonymous network Tor."
According to reports, up to 25% of all Russian users use a VPN service. Tor is also quite popular there, accounting for 6.54% of the website's total use. Tor's popularity has increased since last May when the government began chasing bloggers and forcing them to register.
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