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Russia starts blocking Telegram for failing to turn over encryption keys

The Russian state telecommunication regulator has began blocking Telegram as expected. This comes after the messaging company refused to give Russian security services encryption keys. The service is expected to be blocked within the coming hours. According to several reports Telegram is still operational in the country though several service providers have started blocking the company’s website. Ran by its Russian founder Pavel Durov, Telegram has over 200 million users and is a top-ten messaging service made popular by its strong stance on privacy. Telegram is recognized as an operator of information dissemination in Russia and therefore the company is required by Russian to provide keys to its encryption service to the Federal Security Service. This is so the FSS can reportedly read the...

Cloudflare Access aims to replace corporate VPNs

If you’re part of a reasonably big company, chances are there are certain resources that are only available via the intranet, internal network, or whatever your company calls it. A common way to access these from outside company property is a VPN, but VPNs are rather a clumsy solution — one companies like Google and Amazon are leaving behind. Now (Battlefield alumni) Cloudflare wants you to do the same and use its new Access service instead. The basic idea of a VPN is that instead of sending your network traffic directly to the website or service you’re trying to contact, be it Netflix or the company intranet, you send it to a trusted server. That server sends those packets on their way to the website or service, receives the responses, and sends them back to you. VPNs limit the exposure o...