Kazakhstan: No internet and cryptocurrency problems

To stop protests, the government in Nur-Sultan restricts digital communication

The mass protests against increased fuel prices in Kazakhstan are having an impact on digital communication in the former Soviet republic. For the second day in a row, the internet was completely shut down yesterday, and mobile telephony was disrupted as well. Some Kazakh television stations also temporarily suspended their operations.

The background of the restrictions is unclear, but it seems that the government wants to prevent further protests. This is also indicated by the fact that the internet services were restarted at the very time when President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev was giving a speech. He called the demonstrators „terrorist gangs“ and announced that he would ask the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organisation for help. A few hours after his speech, the country’s connectivity dropped to zero again.
It is not the first time such a measure has been taken. The Kazakh authorities have, for example, limited the internet during several elections and the „National Day of Victory“. „Kazakhstan: No internet and cryptocurrency problems“ weiterlesen

Less „Silent SMS“ from German police, but more secrecy for domestic intelligence

The blog Netzpolitik.org graphically displays the sending of „Silent SMS“ every six months. This shows the extent to which police forces and secret services use mobile phones as tracking bugs. Because of this „condensation“ of information worthy of protection, the figures for the Office for the Protection of the Constitution are classified as „secret“.

German Federal authorities currently use significantly less „Silent SMS“ than in previous years. This is shown by the actual figures, which the Federal Ministry of the Interior (MoI) provides on request every six months. Accordingly, the Federal Police (BPOL) sent 20,152 „Silent SMS“ in the first half of 2019 (second half of 2018: 50,654; first half of 2018: 38,990). There was also a decrease by the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA). In the first half of 2019 the figure was only 6,302, compared with 21,337 secret text messages previously sent by the authority. „Less „Silent SMS“ from German police, but more secrecy for domestic intelligence“ weiterlesen