MOSCOW: A Kremlin official has rejected a proposal from within Russia’s main domestic security agency to ban Skype, Gmail and Hotmail as a major threat to national security.
A senior FSB official made the proposal, according to Russian news agencies. It came after recent cyberattacks on Russia’s most popular blogging site and the website of a popular independent newspaper.
While the Kremlin official condemned the cyberattacks on condition of anonymity and dismissed the proposal to ban foreign Internet services, commentators saw them as an attempt by authorities to tighten controls on communications before parliamentary elections in December and a presidential vote next March. — AP
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