Russia is trying to establish global censorship on the Internet, predicting the imminent change in the principles of war and the advent of cyber-terrorism. This conclusion made by a number of Western experts who attended the international forum dedicated to information security.
In the course of the sixth international forum "Partnership of State Authorities, Civil Society and the Business Community in Combating Terrorism", held in the German Garmisch-Partenkirchen, representative of the Russian delegation, delivered a speech in which he spoke about the growing threat from cyber criminals, reports Reuters.
"We have a situation where we have millions of hacker attacks on our money, on our private computers, it means that it is a new form, a new level of confrontation", said Andrey Krutskikh, Russia's special coordinator on information technology in its foreign ministry. According to him, soon the need for a Doomsday weapon - nuclear - falls off at all.
To undermine the economy of any country, noted Krutskikh, soon will be enough a cyber attack - if the state really depends on a particular industry. As an example, he cited the attack of the virus Stuxnet on Iranian nuclear facilities in 2010.
"It could be a metallurgical plant - there are countries quite dependent on one plant and if this plant is put out of order the economy and the society of that country could collapse", said Krutskikh.
Commentators writing in this regard that the hackers who before were content on personal computers and government sites, are really started to attack the industrial facilities. So, in November last year there was an attack on the US water treatment plant.
And soon, experts predict, cybercriminals will be able to disable the control system of railways.
It is to be recalled that according to American intelligence agencies behind the attacks on the US industrial facilities were Russian cybercriminals, who are often associated with the special services of Russia.
Meanwhile, in public statements Russia urges the West to try to find a middle ground in the "struggle for respect for fundamental human rights and counterterrorism". In other words, Russia invites other countries to support the initiative on the introduction of the so-called "partial control" over the Internet space, i.e. introduce a global censorship.
Many Western experts have accepted the Russian proposal negatively. So, Karl Rauscher, chief technology officer of the EastWest Institute, a security thinktank, said that, firstly, the control over the Internet space would be contrary to the First Amendment to the US Constitution.
Second, the expert said the vast quantity of information being put on the internet made it impossible to censor.
Several other experts noted that in international law there is no common definition of "terrorist", which makes working together to identify cyberterrorists impossible.
US and UK before did declare previously that attempts to control the Internet are doomed to fail, reports Reuters.
Experts say that Moscow is creating within the Ministry of Defense a special paramilitary unit, like the US Cyber Command, reports Russian newspapers Kommersant.
Medvedev, in his so-called "hard response" to the missile defense system, has recently said that there must be developed a set of measures to conduct cyber-warfare, or rather, disabling missile defense system.
Putin has also threatened the West with cyber war in one of his election articles.
As part of an information forum in Germany, representatives of the Russian delegation did not talk about intention to use information technology for military purposes. Krutskikh uttered only that some countries are active in this direction. "But the majority of hacker attacks are the work of hooligans", the Russian diplomat said diplomatically.
Department of Monitoring