Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Terrorists use Telegram to plot attacks: Russia's security agency

Terrorists use Telegram to plot attacks: Russia's security agency

It also threatened to block the popular messaging app, Telegram if its managing company doesn't comply with Russian law and provide the necessary data for official registration.

Russia's communications regulator Roskomnadzor said on Friday it would block Telegram unless it handed over information about the company that controlled Telegram, something it said Telegram had so far refused to do.

Russia's principal security agency, the FSB, has got its sights set on mobile messenger app Telegram after believing it was used by a terrorist suicide bomber.

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The furor over Telegram has largely played out in public, with Russian officials from an oversight agency sparring in open letters with Pavel Durov, the founder of Telegram and emigre enfant bad of the Russian start-up scene.

M - The individual who carried out the attack in St. Petersburg metro station in April, his fellows, as well as a foreign supervisor used Telegram messenger at all stages of preparation for the attack, the Russian Federal Security Services (FSB) said Monday.

The founder of Telegram noted that if Russian Federation banned Telegram, terrorists would simply switch to its competitors, which also offered end-to-end encryption. "Telegram shall be blocked in Russian Federation until we receive the needed information".

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When Peskov was asked to comment on the words of the Telegram founder Pavel Durov that lock messenger is contrary to the Constitution, a spokesman said curtly: "This is not our issue".

Durov argued that the request ran counter to the constitutional right to keep correspondence confidential and was also technically impossible.

"It will be sad if Russian security services exploit this tragedy as a pretext to strengthen their influence and authority over the population", he wrote Monday in a message on VKontakte, the social network that he created and was later forced out of by business interests with warm relations with the government.

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"To defeat terrorism through blocking, one must block the internet", Durov concluded. In case Telegram does not provide this data in due time, the messenger will be blocked in Russian Federation until the information is provided.

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