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Release: Roskomnadzor Moscow (489 GB)
A third leak from the office of Russia's censorship agency, the Roskomnadzor. Last year, this censorship agency blocked access to ddosecrets.com domestically.
We are publishing a third leak from Russia’s media censorship agency Roskomnadzor.
This leak includes nearly 500 GB of files from the Moscow office of the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media, which is responsible for monitoring and censorship of the internet and other mass communications. The files include meeting notes, audio recordings, and e-mails. The source of the leak is the Ukranian website Kiborg News, and we are listing this dataset in our Cyberwar category with disclaimers.
From Radio Free Europe:
“Cataloged through meeting notes, audio recordings, written exchanges, and e-mails that have been verified by RFE/RL -- Russian officials are seen asking for advice and practical know-how from their Chinese counterparts on a range of topics, including how to disrupt circumvention tools like VPNs and Tor. They are also seeking ways to crack encrypted Internet traffic as well as seeking tips from China's experience in regulating messaging platforms.”
The first leak from the Роскомнадзор or Roskomnadzor in March 2022 included files from Roskomnadzor’s office for the Republic of Bashkortostan. It contained evidence for how the state manufactured consent for the war in Ukraine starting in 2020 using “a new automated monitoring system called the Office of Operational Interaction (AS KOV)”.
The second Roskomnadzor leak from the internal network of the General Radio Frequency Center (GRFC) included lists of websites that the agency banned or selected for extra screening, as well as details about Russia’s bot farms and a methodology to insult President Vladimir Putin. It also contained a copy of the court document that was used to block the domain of ddosecrets.com for domestic internet users.
Today’s third leak from Roskomnadzor contains data from the Moscow office of the censorship agency, and details how Russia is seeking guidance from China on breaking access to anonimity tools like Tor and VPNs. China in turn, requested assistance from Russia on how to crack down on dissent. According to reporting from Radio Free Europe, these new files:
Offer a window into the practical level of cooperation under way between China and Russia when it comes to monitoring and restricting their respective Internets.
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