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[liberationtech] Tor, Ultrasurf, HSS, VPNs no longer working in Syria?

Collin Anderson collin at
Thu Dec 1 08:37:23 PST 2011

The best source of information on this is likely Telecomix. For a few
months, they have had a number of contacts in Syria, with whom they've
struggled to keep online.

>From my conversations with members, issues with PPTP/L2TP/IPSEC and,
more importantly, OpenVPN, arose in September. The last I had asked,
they were attempting to use Stunnel to mask VPN, but the larger theory
was that if an SSL connection was made, some system would check to see
if a valid HTTPS server was on the other side. It's also interesting
to point out that the Blue Coat logs document a fairly uninterrupted
stream Tor traffic as of August.

Collin David Anderson | @cda | Washington, D.C.

On Thu, Dec 1, 2011 at 11:06 AM,  <liberationtech at> wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 01, 2011 at 10:14:38AM +0100, admin at wrote 2.5K bytes in 69 lines about:
> : I've been in touch with a friend in Syria and he said that none of the
> : prominent anonymizing tools are working in Syria. Can you verify this
> : information? I was told all major VPN protocols are also not working,
> : including PPTP, L2TP, IPSec, SSL. SSH tunnels apparently get disconnected
> : every few minutes by apparent interventions that require the client to
> : reconnect every so often, making browsing a nightmare.
> Which connection they are using may matter. So, here come my
> questions: Which ISP? Has Syria re-enabled ssl interception (aka
> machine-in-the-middle)? What does a user see? Does the browser warn
> about fake certs? What does Tor report in its log file?
> etc, etc, etc.
> --
> Andrew
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