Russian Security Council Secretary says Google and Yahoo are dangerous

Russian Security Council Secretary says Google and Yahoo are dangerous
Nikolay Petrushev

Nikolay Petrushev is concerned about Russian officials using foreign search engines.

Russia's Security Council Secretary addressed the use of foreign search engines by Russian officials, speaking at the exit meeting in Rostov-on-Don. Working with search engines like Google or Yahoo could be dangerous for the country’s information security, he said.

"The use of information and telecommunication resources located outside the Russian Federation, such as Google, Yahoo and others, is still a serious threat to state authorities of regions and local self-government," Nikolay Petrushev said at the meeting.

He also noted that the authorities are not watchful enough when it comes to information security.

"This is a vital issue for the whole of Russia, but it is especially crucial in the Southern Federal District," said the Security Council Secretary.

In the summer of 2016, Vladimir Putin instructed Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to ensure that the state agencies switch to software with Russian encryption algorithms. However, soon the presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov made a statement saying that Russian state organizations were not going to switch from Microsoft to domestic software after all, since domestic software manufacturers have not created anything more efficient yet.

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