Nokia Reportedly Leaves Cybersurveillance Tools in Russian Hands

Nokia has reportedly developed Russia’s “most powerful tool for digital surveillance.”

According to a report from the New York Times, Nokia helped connect the System for Operative Investigative Activities (SORM) to Russian telco MTS which was under Federal Security Service (FSB) surveillance. 

SORM was reportedly used to spy on Russian opposition figures such as Aleksei A. Navalny 

The NYT alleged that Nokia was aware that its work with MTS and has continued to cooperate in order to do business in Russia. 

Nokia disputed the allegations and claimed it does not manufacture, install or service SORM equipment or systems.

“Like any other network infrastructure suppliers, Nokia is required to ensure that the networking products we sell have the passive capability to interface with lawful intercept equipment of law enforcement agencies,”  said Nokia. 

Nokia claimed that they have an external assessment in place to ensure deals go through a strict Human Rights due diligence process through the Global Network Initiative (GNI).

Nokia has suspended business operations in Russia since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine on 24 February along with other multinational companies. 

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