International Telecommunication Union Approves Recommendations at Deep Packet Inspection

    After discussion behind closed doors, experts from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) approved Y.2770 standard (recommendations) for the use of Deep Packet Inspection technologies. Representatives of Russia and some other countries propose making this standard mandatory for Internet providers.

    Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) is a technology for checking and filtering network packets by their contents with the ability to change packets. Unlike firewalls, Deep Packet Inspection analyzes not only the headers, but also the traffic content at the OSI model levels from the second and higher. DPI allows you to filter information that does not meet the specified criteria. Such systems are conveniently used to isolate specific URLs from HTTP requests or to limit the traffic of specific applications (for example, BitTorrent or HTTPS).

    The Y.2770 technical specifications do not provide for inspection of encrypted traffic, but provide for mandatory inspection of unencrypted fragments of such traffic.

    Russian telecom operators MTS and Megafon already use DPI systems. The installation of such a system cost MTS company $ 50 million. Vimpelcom and Rostelecom set about testing DPI in their networks.

    In Russia, the demand for DPI systems may increase sharply after the entry into force of Federal Law No. 139 . DPI systems are sold by the Internet Resource Analysis Center (CAIR), which operates through the non-profit organization Safe Internet League. The LBI organization formally initiates the adoption of Law No. 139.

    Source: CAIR presentation “The Concept of Safe Internet in the Russian Federation” (pdf)

    Any citizen of the Russian Federation who has confirmed his identity can report malicious content to the hotline phone.

    The LBI organization claims that 10,000 volunteers across Russia are engaged in “round-the-clock Internet monitoring”. Apparently, the number of informants on the “hot line” is considered, although the LBI calls this community “Cybercruise”.


    Some of them are given special shirts.

    The Director of the LBI promises to increase the number of cybercruits to 20,000 people from December 1, 2012 , and in 2013 put into operation an automatic search engine for dangerous content on the Internet (PAC).

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