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The country has drafted a UN convention designed to stop regime change being incited externally through cyberspace.
Developed together by Russia’s Security Council and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the draft states that “using information technology as a means of aggression and destruction,” and “the mass psychological brainwashing of the population aimed at destabilization of the society and the state,” represent major security threats.
The draft stresses that countries have the right to establish their own rules in their own cyberspace and control it according to their national law. At the same time, the document obliges the states to protect the freedom of speech on the Internet. All the control measures, the officials say, are aimed at maintaining national security.
Once the controversial document leaked to general public, human rights activists around the world immediately dubbed it a violation of people’s right to freedom. Moscow, however, does not agree with such statements.
US cyber-security officials seem to be losing another battle in a war with international hackers’ community. And this battle can be considered among the most critical. Randy Vickers – a US cyber security chief, who worked for the Department of Homeland Security, has unexpectedly resigned following a series of daring cyber-attacks on a number of Government agencies and institutions, including CIA, FBI and Senate. The very fact of a resignation of an official of such level demonstrates that US authorities are literally helpless before the face of an escalating threat of a cyber-war. While the alleged attackers – LulzSec and Anonymous describe themselves as groups of cyber-hooligans and anti-corporate activists, what could happen if the real terrorists would launch the attacks of the same scale?