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Telecomix, a loose-knit team of international hacktivists, had been scanning the Syrian Internet in a massive sweep, dividing 700,000 target connections among its members in Germany, France and the U.S., probing for hackable devices
As the globally-distributed hackers combed Syria’s networks and posted their findings in a crowd-sourced document, one American member of the group, who uses the handle Punkbob, spotted a Windows FTP server filled with data he recognized: logs from a Proxy SG 9000 appliance built by the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company Blue Coat Systems. In Punkbob’s day job at a Pentagon contractor, he says, the same equipment had been used to intercept traffic to filter and track staff behavior. The Syrian machine’s logs showed the Internet activity of thousands of users, connecting the sites they attempted to visit and every word of their communications with the IP addresses that pointed directly to their homes. In short, he had discovered American technology being used to help a brutal dictatorship spy on its citizens.
Since Telecomix published 54 gigabytes of those logs, the resulting attention has forced Blue Coat to admit that its gear had been used by Syria, a potential violation of international sanctions against that country. The company didn’t respond to Forbes’ request for an interview, citing an ongoing internal review and a related Commerce Department probe.
Originally posted by TheMindWar
reply to post by brill
Hmm, the very fact they are scanning syrian networks sends up a red flag for me. Why would they target Syria, the same as the NWO army (NATO) want to attack Syria?
Originally posted by Blackmarketeer
International sanctions have never stopped US companies from dealing with 'terrorist' states in the past, even when those sanctions were imposed by the US itself. It's more of a "do as we say, not as we do" thing.
Of course one can only imagine the level of surveillance active in the US or UK, with data-collection centers built by the NSA piggy-backing on the telecoms and datacenters. Kudos to Telecomix for exposing this, but it's not going to cause so much as a stir here in the US. This is just business as usual.
Originally posted by broahes
And another thing.. THESE are the people that gave Egypt the means to communicate with the outside world when their government tried to shut those means down. I know people like to give Anonymous a lot of credit for that, but they are wrong. The reason most don't know this is because they aren't in it for fame or praise. They are the true free spirits of the digital world.
Originally posted by brill
Secondly the exposure of global technology firms who in many cases are in violation of established US embargos. Here's a brief list:
Originally posted by ErgoTheConfusion
We have the option to stop believing that just because a document is called "official", that it is actually doing anything at all and that we are bound by it. We are simply volunteering to restrict ourselves without realizing the nature of the restriction on the full stage at play. We're just afraid of the chaos that we fear "might" happen if we just said "No" and stopped following the rules en-masse. Thus the fear keeps the jacket tighter.
However that's changing! And I'm a big enjoyer of change.
“Today’s action is part of an aggressive investigation by BIS's Office of Export Enforcement into the diversion of U.S. technology to Syria. It is vital that we keep technology that can be used to further the repression of the Syrian people out of the hands of the Syrian government,” said Under Secretary for Industry and Security Eric L. Hirschhorn. "This investigation is ongoing and additional enforcement actions are likely."
BIS controls exports and reexports of dual-use commodities, technology, and software for reasons of national security, missile technology, nuclear non-proliferation, chemical and biological weapons non-proliferation, crime control, regional stability, foreign policy and anti-terrorism. Criminal penalties and administrative sanctions can be imposed for violations of the Export Administration Regulations.
Department of Commerce said it put Waseem Jawad and the Ras Al Khaimah-based company Infotech, also known as Info Tech, on a list of people and institutions determined to "have engaged in activities contrary to U.S. national security and/or foreign policy interests."