August 12, 2020

The system of deep filtering traffic to block Telegram in the Russian Federation

The system of deep filtering traffic to block Telegram in the Russian Federation

Telecommunications operators have begun installing equipment installed under the Runet’s “protection” law, Head of Roskomnadzor Alexander Zharov told reporters on the sidelines of the Spectrum 2019 forum in Sochi.

According to the head of the department, testing of the equipment will begin in one of the Russian regions at the end of September and will last until mid-October.

The fact of participation in testing solutions was confirmed andMTS Vice President for Engineering and Information Technology Andrei Ushatsky. According to him, the test zone for testing is organized on the operator’s network in the Urals.

Earlier, Zharov said that during the yearthe department headed by him will demonstrate the operation of a system that can block Telegram and stop the distribution of “prohibited content”. The head of department said:

“We will first conduct a technical check - it affects traffic, does not affect traffic, whether all services work successfully. And then we will test it in combat mode. While everything is going fine ”- said Zharov.

According to a source from Reuters,the equipment in question is a hardware-software complex of the Russian manufacturer RDP.ru, in which 15% belongs to the state Rostelecom. In March, Russian media wrote that the decision of RDP.ru was found to be effective during a laboratory experiment.

According to the requirements of the Runet isolation law,All Russian telecom operators are required to install technical equipment on their networks, including DPI - Deep Packet Inspection, a deep traffic filtering system. The equipment must determine the source of the transmitted traffic, as well as be able to restrict access to resources with prohibited information not only to network addresses, but also by prohibiting the passage of traffic through the network, the document says.

Zharov noted that there is a technical taskan experiment that spells out the parameters that should be achieved, and threats that should not arise. At the same time, experts from telecom operators, Roskomnadzor, FSB, FSO and manufacturers of installed equipment participate in the process. The head of the department said that they would tell about the results of the experiment in mid-October, but so far he cannot disclose all the details. Zharov explained:

“On the other side of the barricades are alsoHigh-tech teams of programmers who closely monitor what we do. Therefore, my reluctance to speak is solely due to information security issues. ”

Recall that in early May, President Putinsigned the law on isolation of the Runet, which comes into force on November 1. In the Kremlin, the document was called a precautionary measure, and in the State Duma they said that the bill was prepared “taking into account the aggressive nature” of the US National Cybersecurity Strategy adopted in September 2018.

Federation Council speaker Valentina Matvienko stressedthat the authorities have no intention of introducing restrictions on Russians on the Internet, but critics of the bill fear that the autonomous network will create opportunities for total censorship. This year, several cities in Russia held rallies for freedom of the Internet.

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