Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/1999/05/26/kgb_acts_like_web_big/

KGB acts like Web Big Brother

Spies don't disappear, they just transmute

By Andrei Fatkullin

Posted in Business, 26th May 1999 09:55 GMT

Russian ISPs will be forced to let the country's security service monitor their networks, under new plans. And they will have to pay for the privilege. The Russian Federal Security Service (the successor to the KGB) says the move will facilitate field operative work in in computer networks. SORM (in Russian, the System for Conduct of Investigations and Field Operations) is a set of regulations and technological equipment facilitating access of the Federal Security Service to all computer communications and internal documents of Internet providers. The technology provides an effective mechanism to by-pass a constitutionally required process of court authorisation for wire-tapping of electronic communications. For more details go here. And for tax audits and death threats, check out this week's NTK.NET ® Andrei Fatkullin is a reporter on Russian wire Computaterra