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Computers with state secret information won't be on the Web

Date: May 25, 2004
Source: Computer Crime Research Center
By: Ludmila Goroshko

May 19, 2004, late in the evening news agencies announced that Vladimir Putin, the President of the Russian Federation, signed a decree "On measures to assure information security of the Russian Federation in the sphere of international informational exchange". This decree is mainly directed to protect the state informational resources from pirates, unauthorized access and hacking.

"The present decree is mainly devoted to maintain sound protection of Russian segment of the Web and, above all, state network resources from unauthorized impact. Realization of the decree will increase stability of Internet resources of state authorities to influence of network computer viruses being distributed on the Net and which may cause serious harm to spheres of state activity and economics whereat computer technologies are widely applied. Measures provided for by the decree are directed to protect data of state secret and other restricted information.

How will this dercee provide "further stable development" of the Web in particular is still unclear. Though it is unclear in the text of the decree. Its first paragraph encourages "participants of international informational exchange" not to connect their computers to the Net if they store data related to state secret or just propritary information. Computers connected to the Internet should be placed outside of "premises assigned to carry on closed negotiations during which questions related to state secret are discussed." Federal bodies are also to "post up" information on the Internet only through communication services at Federal Guard service.

Efficient fight against computer crimes and cyberterrorism is a key element of assuring national security, and the decree in question is aimed to maintain protection of the Russian Internet from cyber criminals and terrorists.

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