Russian authorities ask Apple and APK Mirror to block Telegram app downloads

Russian authorities ask Apple and APK Mirror to block Telegram app downloads
Russian entrepreneur Pavel Durov's Telegram encrypted messaging service is in hot water again, this time in Russia itself. After gaining some notoriety as the go-to communication channel for ISIS jihadists or child pornography aficionados, it has since tried to clear its image by banning their channels and chat groups.

Such efforts apparently don't fly with the Russian authorities, as they threatened to ban the app there if the company doesn't give them access to encrypted communication, and then followed through. They didn't end at it, though, as both the App Store, and APK Mirror, have reportedly received requests to block the app for users, presumably in the home turf. Telegram is appealing the ban in court, but, you know, it's like appealing an NSA request to hand over data on national security grounds, and might be an exercise in futility.

 
Russian law requires that authorities have access to the encryption keys of such secured communication services, and Telegram, as originating from Russia, might fall under particular scrutiny in that regard, though there are plenty of other encrypted chat messengers that can be used instead. The kicker is, however, that VPN usage can circumvent such bans, so the Russian digital media watchdog banned almost 2 million Amazon and Google IP address that were used to run Telegram around the block, resulting in messed up business operations for other services using them.

 
source: Reuters & APKMirror

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7 Comments

1. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

They want access to encrypted content. What a joke this country/wasteland is! Russia should be banned for having power to ban privacy

5. adecvat

Posts: 647; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I'm from RU. Today they are banned over 16 million IP addresses including google, amazon, Microsoft cloud base. They are trying to fully ban Telegram but he is not give up too easy.

2. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Just like China... All these communist countries violate basic human rights. Putin is the most evil dictator in modern world. He has no opposition, he suppresses anyone who ask for their fundamental rights.

3. RevolutionA

Posts: 399; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

US should have done something similar to this on select companies long time ago. Still not late though.

7. Paximos

Posts: 283; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Move to russia man.

4. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

One more reason to switch to Telegram! If 'Mother' Russia with all of its seasoned hackers can't hack into Telegram then it ought to be pretty darn secure, eh? More secure than America's cyber security! Hats-off, comrades! G'Day!

6. cmdacos

Posts: 4265; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

So I guess this means Apple must be handing over keys then if iMessage isn't getting banned?

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