The Citizen Lab is pleased to announce the release of Some Devices Wander by Mistake: Planet Blue Coat Redux. In this report, we use a combination of network measurement and scanning methods and tools to identify instances of Blue Coat ProxySG and PacketShaper devices. This equipment can be used to secure and maintain networks, but can also be used to implement politically-motivated restrictions on access to information, and monitor and record private communications. We found Blue Coat devices on public networks of 83 countries. Included in these countries are regimes with questionable human rights records, and three countries that are subject to US sanctions: Iran, Syria, and Sudan.
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A roundup of cyber news from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. This week’s post covers media crackdowns in Sudan, cyber defense preparation in Iran, the release of a human rights activist in Bahrain, news from Syria and post-election Egypt, as well as updates on social media policing in the region.
“Two pro-opposition newspapers in north Sudan have suspended publication in protest at government censorship and distribution blockages.
Sudan has stepped up censorship following an internet campaign by youth groups attempting to emulate their counterparts in neighbouring Egypt and Libya.”
From The Guardian
“(Reuters) – Medical student Ahmed Widaa was content to support Sudan’s ruling party from the sidelines for years, until the uprisings in Tunisia and neighboring Egypt made him worry that Sudan could be next.
With revolutionary zeal, the 21-year-old now lobbies online to defend the status quo — one of many pro-government youth taking to the Internet to hit out at anti-government protests in the oil-producing country.
“We want to get our message out — that we don’t have to go out and protest,” said Widaa, who says he is convinced that the still small protest movement in Sudan is just a front for the unpopular Communist party. “We’ve seen what’s happened in Egypt and Tunisia and things are worse after the protests.””
“The Sudanese government has warned protestors that it will send out cyber jihadists to “crush” anti-government sentiment.
The National Congress Party took power in Sudan in 1989 after a military coup, but now its 22 year reign is under threat as dissent grows across the country.
Protests have been ongoing since January, similar to those held in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Syria, and the Internet is a major tool being used by protestors to organise anti-government campaigns.”
From The Inquirer
“After Tunisia and Egypt, most Mideastern strongmen worry that social media will help their subjects dislodge them from power. One of them wants it to help him hang in there.
Omar al-Bashir, the president of Sudan, isn’t known for being a technophile. He’s more famous for being an indicted war criminal, owing to his role in the Darfur genocide. But like his northern neighbor Hosni Mubarak, he’s endured two weeks of protests by youths banding together through social networks and text messages. So now Bashir wants to beat them at their own game.”
“Security forces beat and arrested student protesters in the Sudanese capital on Sunday as the unrest and antigovernment fervor in Tunisia and Egypt showed their first indication of spreading to the streets of Khartoum, if on a far smaller scale.
The protests, organized by groups of university students and graduates, came together as Facebook, Twitter and other Web sites were used to rally several thousand demonstrators in at least four locations in Khartoum and Omdurman, the commercial center across the Nile from the capital, according to news services and activists.”
From The New York Times