Posts tagged “Egypt”

Internet cut – Mubarak blames successor

Source: News 24

Ousted president Hosni Mubarak, convicted for having cut internet services during the revolt which toppled him, has pinned part of the blame on his successor as Egypt’s ruler, a defence lawyer said on Friday.

A Cairo court on May 28 fined Mubarak and two former ministers a total of $90m for “damaging the economy” with a telephone and internet shutdown during Egypt’s uprising.

New internet security law to be issued within 3 months

Egypt’s Ministry of Communication and Information Technology has said it is about to introduce a new internet security bill that would be submitted to the next parliament or the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces for approval.

Yasser al-Qady, CEO of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), said the bill would be ready within three months. His statement was made on the sidelines of a meeting by communication minister Maged Othman with a delegation of US internet companies on Wednesday.

Qadi said the new bill conforms to international laws, and will have the effect of incorporating Egypt into an international system for internet security.

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Syrian Internet Shutdown and the Ongoing Militarization and Contestation of Cyberspace

Today, it was reported by Renesys that beginning at 3:35 UTC and in the course of an hour and a half, two-thirds of Syrian networks had become disconnected from the global Internet.

This latest Internet black out is an example of just-in-time blocking—a phenomenon in which access to content and information communication technologies are blocked in response to sensitive political situations when the technology and content may have the greatest potential impact. It is suspected that the severing of Syria’s Internet is in direct response to the intensification of revolts this week, sparked in part by the death and torture of 13 year old Hamza Ali al-Khateeb, as well as in memory of at least 50 other children killed during the protests. This action follows other MENA states severing access in reaction to protest on ground with Egypt shutting down national connectivity on January 28, 2011 and access blockages in Libya and Bahrain in February. For further analysis, see today’s OpenNet Initiative blogpost.

Mideast Uses Western Tools to Battle the Skype Rebellion

“When young dissidents in Egypt were organizing an election-monitoring project last fall, they discussed their plans over Skype, the popular Internet phone service, believing it to be secure.

Skype, which Microsoft Corp. is acquiring for $8.5 billion, is best known as a cheap way to make international phone calls. But the Luxembourg-based service also is the communications tool of choice for dissidents around the world because its powerful encryption technology evades traditional wiretaps

But someone else was listening in—Egypt’s security service.

The Journal investigates the business of censorship and the use of Western technology by governments facing social unrest.”

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British firm offered spying software to Egyptian regime – documents

“A British company offered to sell a program to the Egyptian security services that experts say could infect computers, hack into web-based email and communications tools such as Skype and even take control of other groups’ systems remotely, according to documents seen by the Guardian.

Two Egyptian human rights activists found the documents amid hundreds of batons and torture equipment when they broke into the headquarters of the regime’s State Security Investigations service (SSI) last month.”

From The Guardian

Report: British Firm Offered Spy Software To Egypt

“You might not be surprised to learn that certain government officials would have happily subverted the social media activists who helped spearhead the revolutions sweeping across the Middle East recently. It now appears that a British company may have offered the Egyptian government a helping hand at doing just that.

Digital intelligence firm Gamma International last year tried to sell a type of malware to the Egyptian security service that could infect the computers of dissidents and access their email and other communication tools, according to a report in The Washington Times.

The contract, dated June 29, 2010, was seen by a blogger and activist named Mostafa Hossein last month when he took part in a raid of state security’s headquarters.”

From Forbes

Court martial sentences blogger to three years in prison for criticizing military

“Reporters Without Borders is deeply shocked by the three-year jail sentence that a military court has passed on the blogger and conscientious objector Maikel Nabil Sanad for posting a report on his blog criticizing the role played by Egypt’s armed forces in the country’s revolution earlier this year. He is the new government’s first prisoner of conscience.

“The circumstances of this blogger’s arrest and the conduct of his trial demonstrate a complete lack of consideration by the military for the most basic principles of international law. Egypt has begun a process of democratization and it should now be possible to criticize the armed forces like any other component of the state,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said.”

From Reporters Without Borders

Egypt: military police arrest blogger for criticizing armed forces

“Reporters Without Borders is shocked to learn that Maikel Nabil Sanad, a blogger and conscientious objector, had been arrested by the military police for allegedly defaming the armed forces in his blog.

“How can one trust an institution that promises a democratic transition with civil society’s participation and then jails a pacifist blogger and conscientious objector at the first sign of any criticism?” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard asked. “This arrest raises questions about the reality of free speech in Egypt and whether the armed forces are ready to respect it.””

From Reporters Without Borders

Egyptians Get View of Extent of Spying

“CAIRO — The files have started flowing out of Egypt’s dreaded state security headquarters, part of the post-uprising rush to excavate some of the state’s darkest corners.

There are lists of informants from inside the Muslim Brotherhood and the names of judges who helped rig local elections. Even for young activists who knew they were being monitored, the level of detail has been sobering: one found a picture of herself at a party; another discovered transcripts of text messages exchanged with her husband; a third leafed through a biography of his famous grandfather, a former Brotherhood leader.”

From New York Times

Egypt, FinFisher Intrusion Tools and Ethics

“There’s unrest in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Bahrain and elsewhere in the Arab world.

Two days ago, protesters in Nasr, Egypt took over the Headquarters of the Egyptian State Security.

Inside the HQ, the protesters gained access to loads of confidential state documents.”

From F-Secure