Russia has officially proposed it join forces with France and Germany to design new IT security technologies that could be used in the fight against international terrorists, according to recent statements by the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs.
An official spokesman of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs talking to SCMagazineUK.com noted that Western intelligence agencies had failed to prevent the large-scale attacks that occurred in Paris on 13 November, despite earlier reports suggesting their ability to control almost the entire global Internet.
The spokesman noted how the secret services of Western Europe, and in particular those in France are one of the world's strongest, however even they were not able to intercept messages which use strong encryption keys other anonymisers used by terrorists during the organisation of their attacks.
Meanwhile the Russian Ministry spokesman said that special departments of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Federal Security Service (former KGB) have already accumulated some experience in the design of IT technologies which enable interception and decryption of information transmitted through the most protected information sources. He suggested that there is a possibility that these technologies may be shared with France and Germany, which have their own developments in this field.
Other details of the proposed cooperation was not disclosed, however, according to some sources close to the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs, it would be expected that the design of such technologies would be in close cooperation with leading Russian and Western vendors in the field of IT security.
Alexey Babenko, a senior business development manager of Informzaschita, one of Russia's largest providers of IT security services, told SC that very often terrorists use special crypto-messengers, such as Signal or Telegram.
According to him, this is unlike the practice of terrorists in the past who exchanged encoded messages by e-mail.
He has also added that during the preparation of their attacks terrorists use the dark web segment of the Internet, which is not indexed to a global network, and which cannot be easily detected by intelligence services.
According to Babenko, both France and Germany, as well as Russia should pay more attention to the monitoring of social networks which have become a valuable source of tactical information for terrorists in recent years. Using the hashtags and geotags they are able to track the timing or locatiion of a photograph, taken by enemy soldiers.
Babenko commented to SC: “The entire algorithms are used by terrorists to receive information about troop movements, which helped them to build their tactics, based on this data.”