Russia establishes Internet surveillance network

ISPs had to pay for surveillance network themselves, according to Russian report

The Russian government has introduced a comprehensive Internet traffic monitoring system via more than 350 domestic Net service providers, according to a report in the Moscow Times.

The System for Operational Investigative Activies (SORM in Russian) reportedly offers the government's Federal Security Service (FSB) comprehensive access to email messages and financial transactions.

To add insult to injury, according to the Moscow Times, 350 Internet companies also had to help pay for this new surveillance network. The FSB, which has taken over from the KGB in recent years, has the legal right to monitor private email communications without a search warrant. Privacy campaigners are already complaining that corrupt and unscrupulous officials are abusing the network.

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