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[liberationtech] Deconstructing Mehdi Yahyanejad's "deconstruction of the security risks narrative of Haystack"

Evgeny Morozov evgeny.morozov at gmail.com
Sat Sep 18 16:55:47 PDT 2010


> Just drilling down to one point here: do we know whether the client
available for download via this Gmail account had the same
characteristic as the client that Mehdi and Jake analysed?

as far as I know, it was the same client

On Sun, Sep 19, 2010 at 1:34 AM, Danny O'Brien <danny at spesh.com> wrote:

> On Sat, Sep 18, 2010 at 1:44 PM, Evgeny Morozov
> <evgeny.morozov at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > So let me shed some light on this here, for in my investigation I found
> how
> > at least one group of testers got access to it. Here is how it worked.
> > Together with their intermediary based outside of Iran, the Haystack team
> > had set up a Gmail account and created a draft message there, where they
> > stored instructions/executable files for download by others. The log-in
> > details were then distributed to the testers – and eventually reached me
> > last week. Even though I personally did not log into that account as it
> > would probably have been illegal, a person authorized to use the Gmail
> > account confirmed that the password still worked and sent me the
> > screenshots.
> >
>
> Just drilling down to one point here: do we know whether the client
> available for download via this Gmail account had the same
> characteristic as the client that Mehdi and Jake analysed?
>
> (This question isn't relevant to the main thread of your argument; I'm
> still just trying to find out if I we can reasonably estimate the
> distribution of the "test" client.)
>
> d.
>
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