SBU offers to extend sanctions against Russian web products, - Bakanov

Source : 112 Ukraine

We protect Ukrainians from fakes and bogus stories and caring about cyber security for representatives of business, state and education establishments, the service chief says
18:47, 23 April 2020

Ivan Bakanov, ex-Head of Kvartal 95, head of Servant of the People party since 2017, First Deputy Head of Ukraine’s Security Service

The SBU, Ukraine's state security service offered the National Security and Defense Council to prolong the sanctions against Russian web services and program products. According to Ivan Bakanov, the head of the SBU, the list of services would include VKontakte and Odnoklassniki, as well as, Dr.Web, Kaspersky, 1C and Parus.

"Today, we do not only protect Ukrainian citizens from fakes and information bogus stories from Russian social networks, but also taking care of cyber security for representatives of business, state and education establishments. Any Russian mail service or antivirus can be used to harm Ukraine. This is why the risks should be minimized. Blocking such resources and programs, we care about the country's security in general", Bakanov said.

The SBU Head also offered to create and provide the functioning of the Single Software Register, which is allowed for authorized use in state information and telecommunication systems.

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"According to the SBU cyber specialists, it will create an opportunity to limit the purchases and the use of prohibited software, and it will create suitable conditions for the developmnent of the domestic IT sector", reads the message.

On April 10, Bakanov offered to ban VKontakte and Odnoklassniki for another three years.

The Russian social networks were banned in May 2017, according to the presidential decree; the list included Yandex service, and Odnoklassniki.

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