Since a while we can observe that Russia is hardening its position in many fields.
It has decided to more aggressively patrol its borders which ended up in pretty dangerous maneuvers seen in the air. It has also trained quite aggressively in the Baltic’s. While those actions are more observable Russia is also trying to cut off its loose ends in other spheres crucial to its security. Sine a while its working on a SWIFT system alternative which would allow it to bypass serious sanctions that were quite effective when put over Iran.
But there is one more observable trend. Russia is dumping Western operating systems which basically are a one big data sending stack of software. You don’t have to go back to Edward Snowden and his revelations. Just look at the recent Google scandal and their location collecting even while ticking the right box and disallowing the system to do so. You probably also remember this about the iPhone?
As more and more tools are pushed over to the smartphone/smart-tools sphere Russia has decided to harden its security thanks to buying a stake in Jolla, a Finnish company behind the Sailfish OS operating system based on Linux. Roostelecom has invested money into pushing the development of the phone further. This will allow for adoption of a locally tuned version of the OS and use it as an alternative to Android and iOS. It looks like that Russia is taking it seriously.
The above would cover the pocket systems but there is also a Linux operating system which is currently prepared for use on government and defense machines. The Astra Linux will be adopted by the Russian Ministry of Defense which will allow a more direct control over what is and what is not shared. In fact it will allow for a complete independence. Although such a move came to a bitter end in Munich (due to bad decisions made in the beginning and not due to Linux not being good enough) Russia might learned a few things from it and wont make the same mistakes. Time will tell.
At this point it’s hard to judge weather the above plans will succeed. From a security point of view using open source software allows for more control when it comes to state defense. When we look at it from a broader perspective it looks like Russia is trying to be more independent which will make penetrating their systems much harder from intelligence agencies perspective.
There are more and more signs indicating that we are slowly but steadily heading towards “Cold War II”. One has to wonder what will be the next move of Wladimir Putin led Russia which after the annexation of the Crimea peninsula and starting the war in the eastern Ukraine has slowed down its actions in the closest proximity of its borders and is waiting. There are many regions on the globe that are under fire or close to that state so for instance a big turmoil in the East might be a good chance to gain some ground by Russia when the rest of the world will be looking elsewhere. Form a Polish citizens perspective all of this isn’t an encouraging vision of the future…
Forgot to mention the idea of own INTERNET in Russia.
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