Roskomnadzor To Introduce New Technology To Block Telegram
The Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media in Russia (Roskomnadzor) is searching for ways to block prohibited websites and services and is ready to allocate 20 billion rubles (about $300 million) in 2019 to ban Telegram, the Russian BBC Service reports.
Throughout 2018, the Russian authorities sought to block Pavel Durov's messenger but failed. The BBC managed to find out in various sources that Roskomnadzor may apply the DPI technology, which involves installing a software package that analyzes traffic, finds particular signs of websites or apps, and can block them.
The traffic may differ as one person’s gait differs from that of another; each has its own characteristics, Phil Kulin, founder of Usher2.club, the accounting service for blocked IP addresses, stated.
Until now, Roskomnadzor used the tactic of blocking prohibited websites by IP addresses in the fight against Telegram. As a result, many resources not related to the situation were banned. At the very beginning of actions against the messenger, the federal service blocked about 11 million IP addresses.
Later, the authorities abandoned such tactics and began to search for new methods. At the same time, the number of messenger users has increased to an all-time high and approached the figure of 3.4 million people per day.
Testing of the new equipment based on DPI will be held in 2019 in one of the Russian regions. If successful, it will be employed throughout the country.
As previously reported, Telegram intends to launch its blockchain platform called Telegram Open Network (TON).