Posts tagged “Syria”

Syrian Internet Shutdown

Starting at 3:35 UTC today (6:35am local time), approximately two-thirds of all Syrian networks became unreachable from the global Internet. Over the course of roughly half an hour, the routes to 40 of 59 networks were withdrawn from the global routing table.

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Autocratic regimes fight Web-savvy opponents with their own tools

For weeks, Syrian democracy activists have used Facebook and Twitter to promote a wave of bold demonstrations. Now, the Syrian government and its supporters are striking back — not just with bullets, but with their own social-media offensive.

Mysterious intruders have scrawled pro-government messages on dissidents’ Facebook pages. Facebook pages have popped up offering cyber tools to attack the opposition. The Twitter #Syria hashtag — which had carried accounts of the protests — has been deluged with automated messages bearing scenes of nature and old sports scores.

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Amid Uprisings, Cyberattacks in Syria

“Amid popular uprisings in Syria, Facebook users in the country logging into the secure HTTPS version of the social networking site are finding themselves to be the targets of an ongoing man-in-the-middle attack detected on various Internet service providers. Although it is unclear who is behind the attack, the Electronic Frontier Foundation links the attack to allegations that the Syrian Telecom Ministry, under the auspices of the Syrian government, is the perpetrator. It is suspected that the Ministry has replaced Facebook’s security certificate with a fake unsigned one. In this attack, users’ browsers propagate a SSL error on the Facebook Web site because the certificate is not trusted by the browser. Users may ignore the warning by clicking through it, and in doing so, allowing the attacker to access their Facebook account and control and collect information. Some suspect that this is a ruse by Syrian authorities to spy on activists using the site to coordinate protests.”

From Information Warfare Monitor

A Syrian Man-In-The-Middle Attack against Facebook

“Yesterday we learned of reports that the Syrian Telecom Ministry had launched a man-in-the-middle attack against the HTTPS version of the Facebook site. The attack is ongoing and has been seen by users of multiple Syrian ISPs. We cannot confirm the identity of the perpetrators.

The attack is not extremely sophisticated: the certificate is invalid in user’s browsers, and raises a security warning. Unfortunately, because users see these warnings for many operational reasons that are not actual man-in-the-middle attacks, they have often learned to click through them reflexively. In this instance, doing so would allow the attackers access to and control of their Facebook account. The security warning is users’ only line of defense.”

From EFF

Tweeting the police state

“He has got two Sim cards, two pseudonyms, a dangerous addiction to nicotine and when his laptop is open, which it always is, his fingers dance across the touch pad in a mad ballet of digital information sharing.

‘That was AP calling,’ says the self-declared Syrian cyber activist, referring to the international news agency whose competitor Reuters was recently expelled from Damascus for reporting on the Syrian uprising. ‘They wanted us to confirm with video. Confirm with video? Not yet! I mean, come on!’ ”

From Al Jazeera

Could Syria Be Next? Protests By Arab Internet Bloggers

“Recent political unrest in the Middle East showed numerous dissatisfactions with the style of governance which seek to dictate and control its people. The detention of a young Syrian blogger has aroused the Arab blogosphere to protest against such suppression.

The arrest and detention of Google employee, Wael Ghanim, earlier this year encouraged the demonstrations in Cairo and Alexandria that led to the Tahrir Square revolution which ousted President Mubarak on 11 February 2011. He was arrested for his initiative on his Facebook page for organising protests. A different but similar case is developing in Syria involving a teenaged blogger, Tal Al Malouhi.”

From Eurasia Review

Wave of arrests of Syrian bloggers

“Reporters Without Borders condemns the arrests of more bloggers in recent weeks in Syria, where the regime treats netizens and bloggers as enemies and fears their ability to use the Internet to exchange information and, potentially, organize protests.

One of the latest to be arrested is Ahmad Hadifa, who is known by the blog name of Ahmad Abu Al-Kheir. Military security officials detained him in the northwestern city of Baniyas on the morning of 20 February. The next day, they confiscated his computer from his home. He was reportedly due to be interrogated by military intelligence in Damascus today.”

From Reporters Without Borders

Wave of arrests of Syrian bloggers

“Reporters Without Borders condemns the arrests of more bloggers in recent weeks in Syria, where the regime treats netizens and bloggers as enemies and fears their ability to use the Internet to exchange information and, potentially, organize protests.

Syria is one of the countries on the “Enemies of the Internet” list that Reporters Without Borders updates every year.”

From Reporters Without Borders

US launching Chinese, Russian, Hindi Twitter feeds

“WASHINGTON — Just days after launching Twitter feeds in Arabic and Farsi to communicate directly with people in the Middle East, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Tuesday that the State Department would begin sending messages in Chinese, Russian and Hindi.

Clinton, in a speech on Internet freedom at George Washington University here, said the United States is “committed to continuing our conversation with people around the world.”

Clinton singled out China, Cuba, Iran, Myanmar, Syria and Vietnam as countries which practice censorship or restrict access to the Internet.”

From AFP

Security court sentences young woman blogger to five years in prison

“Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the cruelty and injustice of the five-year jail sentence that a Damascus state security court imposed today on Tal Al-Mallouhi, a 19-year-old high school student and blogger, on a charge of ‘divulging information to a foreign state,’ namely the United States.

Mallouhi, whose blog consisted of just poems and comments about society, was held incommunicado for nearly 11 months following her arrest on 27 December 2009 and has been subjected to the most appalling conditions. She is now being held in Duma prison, near Damascus.

From Reporters Without Borders