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Roskomnadzor Threatens To Block OpenVPN Services

14:51 11/04/2019
OpenVPN Ban In Russia May Affect Banks And Telecom Operators

Roskomnadzor, the Russian Federal Regulator, plans to block the services of the American company OpenVPN in the country. This may adversely affect the work of banks and mobile operators that use this protocol in their corporate networks, Meduza reports.


Three products from OpenVPN are still available in Russia: a paid Private Tunnel service for anonymous use of the Internet, a free program for users to create their own VPN service, and the OpenVPN protocol. Up to 90% of all other paid services can work on it, Stanislav Shakirov, the head of Roskomsvoboda, asserts.


The regulators do not specify which of these services will be blocked. However, according to Shakirov, the ban on the OpenVPN protocol may be the worst scenario since it is used by many companies. Nevertheless, even in this case, the damage will be minimal, because most VPN providers work on several protocols at once, the expert added.


Francis Dinha, the founder and head of OpenVPN, stated that the company would, in any case, refuse to cooperate with Roskomnadzor and try to circumvent the blocking in all possible ways. Moreover, the requirements of the regulators are practically impossible to fulfill in technical terms: there are no OpenVPN servers in Russia; therefore, it remains only to detect users who apply VPN and block specific resources by them, which is almost impossible to do. The company has 30 more days to connect to the blacklist of websites.


It should be reminded that ten VPN-services, among which also OpenVPN, appeared under the threat of blocking in Russia. Roskomnadzor demanded that they no longer provide users with access to websites banned in the country, but most companies refused to accept such deprivation. Only Kaspersky Lab agreed to cooperate with the regulator.


At the same time, the Russian Internet may be isolated in November 2019.

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