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Occupiers in Mariupol are taking the phones of state employees to install wiretapping software

02.03.2023, 12:17
Photo: Pavlo Klimov, Reuters
Photo: Pavlo Klimov, Reuters

The Russian military have stepped up repression in the occupied Mariupol.

Petro Andryushchenko, adviser to the Mariupol Mayor, reported this on Telegram.

According to him, the occupiers have informed the state employees that their phones would be mandatorily bugged for nondescriminate wiretapping intended to strengthen the occupiers' control over the communications between the citizens and to prevent information leaks to Ukraine.

"For this, everyone has to provide their personal phone for a special wiretapping software to be installed on it," Andryushchenko wrote.

The occupying authorities of Mariupol also reported installing equipment to monitor Internet traffic.

The street patrols have been intensified, too. According to the Mariupol City Council, the occupiers are planning another wave of purges and searches with the involvement of the Rosguard.

Petro Andryushchenko noted to Mariupol residents remaining in the occupied city that the nondiscriminate wiretapping and traffic control announced by the invaders appears to be a complex technical process that can be neutralized by simple security measures.

He advised the townspeople to avoid trigger words such as "the war, the SMO, Ukraine, Putin, kh*ilo, Orcs, occupiers, military, convoys, equipment, the names of the equipment, etc."

"No one will be listening to 100% of all conversations, but the system may be set to automatically be triggered by certain words," he explained.

Andryushchenko also advised the people to keep their devices clean, to delete contacts, content (photos and videos), correspondence on the regular basis – especially in Viber, since the Russians "have software to restore all Viber chat logs even after they are deleted."

"If possible, use a second (different) phone or device to contact Ukraine. Preferably one that has no direct access to the mobile operator's network. You can use the main phone as a router," the Mayor's adviser said and wished the people to take care and not expose themselves to danger.

As IMI reported, in Mariupol, the occupiers are throwing away books from the Pryazovsky State University library – to be destroyed later.

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