Sunday, July 14, 2024

Russia Ordered Telegram to Handover the Encryption keys

Russian Court ordered to Telegram Messenger to hand over the encryption keys to the concern authorities ( Country’s Federal Security Service (FSB)) to views the user’s data.

Telegram is a non-profit cloud-based instant messaging service with 100 million global users and its listed under the highly secured messenger App among another messenger such as Whatsup and Wechat.

FSB appealed against Telegram in 2017 to get the encryption keys and an anti-terrorism rule signed into 2018 intimated that messaging services should provide the Encryption keys to access the user’s information.

Russia’s communications regulator, Roskomnadzor, has given Telegram 15 days to hand over the encryption keys.

Court Order says, “Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation necessary for decoding received, transmitted, delivered and (or) processed electronic messages of users”.

In this case, Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) argues that possessing the encryption keys is not a violation of a user’s privacy. It’s only under a court order that those keys can be used to access encrypted content.

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Telegram’s founder Pavel Durov said to Bloomberg, Company appeal again in this case and he Twitted as “Threats to block Telegram unless it gives up private data of its users won’t bear fruit. Telegram will stand for freedom and privacy.”

Ramil Akhmetgaliev, a lawyer of Telegram, told reporters after Russia’s Supreme Court hearing forcing the company to hand over keys: “The FSB’s argument that encryption keys can’t be considered private information defended by the Constitution is cunning. It’s like saying, ‘I’ve got a password from your email, but I don’t control your email, I just have the possibility to control.’”

Federal Security Service, the successor to the KGB spy agency which last year asked the company to share its encryption keys. The company declined to comply and was paid with a fine of $14,000.


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BALAJI is an Ex-Security Researcher (Threat Research Labs) at Comodo Cybersecurity. Editor-in-Chief & Co-Founder - Cyber Security News & GBHackers On Security.

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