Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Russia Says Extremists Planned Deadly Bombing Using Encrypted Chat App

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Russia Says Extremists Planned Deadly Bombing Using Encrypted Chat App

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MOSCOW * Backing Russian legislators seeking to curb the anonymous use of encrypted chat apps, the Federal Security Service, Russia's powerful counterterrorism agency, said Monday that terrorists used the encrypted messenger app Telegram to plan the April bombing of the St. Petersburg metro that killed 15 people, including the bomber.

The statement came as Russia's lower house of parliament, the Duma, moved forward on several laws targeting anonymity on the Russian segment of the Internet, including a ban on the use of virtual private networks that mask IP addresses.

The government of Russian President Vladimir Putin is increasingly enforcing legislation demanding that social networks store their information in Russia, blocking the employment site LinkedIn earlier this year in an apparent effort to pressure larger networks such as Facebook to comply with the law. …

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