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Agora: The Internet in Russia - a place of combat without rules

posted 1 Jul 2012, 14:04 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 1 Jul 2012, 14:04 ]
Source: Open News Agency 

28 June 2012 

Agora Human Rights Association has identified more than 10 instances of the hacking of e-mail, blogging, Facebook, Skype and Twitter accounts over the last 6 months. The human rights defenders are concerned that the perpetrators of these attacks operate in an environment of total impunity, and warn that we may be on the eve of a ‘civil cyberwar’. Agora Human Rights registered instances of unsanctioned access to the Internet accounts of public figures, bloggers, lawyers and civic activists, including those of Boris Akunin, Aleksei Navalny, and Grigory Melkonyants. Agora also reports that there have been reports that have not been officially confirmed of the hacking of the e-mail accounts of Vasily Yakemenko, Kristina Potupchik and Oleg Khorokhordin, deputy head of the internal policy department of the presidential administration (all of these three have since left the offices they formerly held). [Read more]