UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) —
Anyone with little money can get access to tens of thousands of city CCTV cameras connected to a face recognition system and check archive video information from cameras for the previous 5 days.
Access to illegal data from Moscow video surveillance cameras and extracts from the face recognition system can be bought on the black market.
City CCTV System
At present, more than 175 thousand video surveillance cameras are installed in Moscow throughout the city, including cameras of external video surveillance systems, as well as more than 4 thousand cameras in crowded places.
In 2017, the Moscow City Hall reported that more than 3 thousand video cameras of the city’s video surveillance network were connected to a face recognition system integrated with the databases of the Ministry of the Interior of Russia.
According to the official portal of the Moscow Mayor’s Office, access to the city’s video surveillance system is provided to employees of federal government bodies, the Moscow Mayor and authorized officials, law enforcement and executive authorities.
Information resource MBH Media found that access to Moscow city cameras can be bought on the black market – in forums and chat rooms where illegal trade of citizens’ data is conducted.
According to an investigative journalist at MBH Media, Andrei Kagansky, Moscow police and government officials who have access to the Unified Data Processing and Storage Center (ECHR), a system that stores data from Moscow cameras, are selling data.
When purchasing access to Moscow city video surveillance cameras, the seller sends a unique link to the ECCH website, which is valid for 5 days – the same amount of data is stored in the ECC archive.
It should be noted that the storage period for archived video information from video surveillance cameras of crowded places of citizens, objects of trade, as well as access and courtyard video surveillance is 5 calendar days, from the cameras of educational organizations – 30 calendar days.
MBH Media journalist Andrei Kagansky claims that government officials and Moscow police sell unlimited access to all city security cameras for 30,000 rubles, equivalent to about $ 470.
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