Russian security service wants ban on Skype, Gmail, Hotmail

April 9th, 2011 - 4:30 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Apr 9(ANI): Russia’s security agency, the Federal Security Service (FSB), has proposed banning Skype, Hotmail and Gmail as their “uncontrolled use” could pose a security threat, a service official has said.

The FSB is “increasingly concerned” by the mass use of these services, which use foreign-made encryption technology, FSB’s information and special communication centre director Alexander Andreyechkin said.

“Uncontrolled usage of these services may lead to massive threat to Russia’s security,” the Telegraph quoted Andreyechkin, as saying.

Andreyechkin also said that control of Internet traffic through these services is done from servers outside Russia, and so they are often used by extremist organizations. (ANI)

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