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Instant messengers WhatsApp, Viber and Telegram under the threat of blocking in Russia

Known, but not the most popular instant messengers on the Blackberry, Imo and Line fall under the lock in Russia after the failure of the developers to pass on request of the security services information about the activity of users and their personal data. Experts say that now under the threat of blocking the more popular instant messengers – WhatsApp, Viber and Telegram.

In this way enters China, there were some precedents in the United States, and Saudi Arabia and Turkey and even blocks many services for messaging and social networking, said Pravda.

According to Roskomnadzor, the lock is as follows: first will be blocked from the website of the messenger, why ‘ to communicate with the server from which the messenger who receives and transmits messages, also app will disappear from the Russian version of Google Play and the App Store (also they cannot be upgraded to receive the “unlocked version”).

Is it possible to lock in our country, WhatsApp, Viber and Telegram?

“Yes, WhatsApp, Viber, Telegram can be blocked tomorrow if the decision is taken by the competent authorities. Technically there are no prohibitive problems: it can be lock easy, especially cunning”, — said the interlocutor of the edition.

“A simple lock is to delete the app from the main platforms, denying users the possibility to download the messenger or an updated version with changed servers to block sites instant messengers and to set a block on IP-addresses of servers with which instant messaging contact to receive and transmit messages, calls, etc”, — he said.

According to experts, in most cases and for most users it is enough: 100% of users will not crack their smartphones to set “breaks” and the root-rights, to fool with a VPN.

“Smart is when you use the DPI equipment that allows you to analyze the traffic in its VPN. It is set to the points of peering and main operators of the Internet access. Then the messenger traffic is blocked at a very basic level. If need be, will be applied and the remedy,” — said the expert.

According to the Agency, even now negotiations are conducted and compromises are discussed, providing execution of the legislation of Russia. However, if the messengers are strongly against the implementation of laws of the Russian Federation sooner or later they will be blocked.

Sooner or later agree to have all, experts say. And the reasons are several: it’s not only about the possible loss of the giant Russian market, but in the “political attitudes of the authorities of the countries in which they (social networks and instant messenger) worked.”

Previously Russia had blocked the social network Linkedin, who refused to move to the country of personal data of Russian citizens within the framework of the “law of Spring”.

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