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[liberationtech] Censorship hardware - BLUECOAT IN SYIA

Andrew Lewis me at andrewlew.is
Sat Dec 1 14:38:53 PST 2012


There is another photo that is on a Tarasul/STE Facebook fan page that
shows the same rack and some of the rest of the data center, that has been
around since this summer.

As for the rest of the devices, they are hooked up and functioning, just in
a different rack. There is a internal network diagram from late 2011 that
shows the internal design of the network as well as a RFP from Tarasul
looking for new gear and a response from hauwei that provides some details
on the bluecoat deployment, with additional info like the role of Brocade
devices in routing the traffic through the bluecoats(it's a common
deployment scenario and brocade specifically markets that solution for ISP
level proxies).

Let me dig up the docs and I will pass them along.



On Dec 2, 2012, at 10:04 AM, "Jillian C. York" <jilliancyork at gmail.com>
wrote:

Here's the original posting from Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=433109386756486&set=a.190671704333590.47245.188677754532985&type=1

Worth trying that version for EXIF data?

The caption reads, roughly:

*Damascus | 12-1 | Pictures of a Damascus "comm hubs" showing the devices
used to monitor the "http" Internet manufactured by US company BlueCoat,
which is prohibited from selling to the Syrian regime.*

The group that posted it states the following as their mission (again,
roughly):

"To transparently deliver the reality of what is happening in Syria."

There's a contact address (Shahed.3ayan.fb at gmail.com)



On Sat, Dec 1, 2012 at 12:47 PM, Ryan Gallagher <ryan at rjgallagher.co.uk>wrote:

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> > On 01/12/2012 19:44, Bernard Tyers wrote: I also wonder what
> > happened with that Dubai distributor?
>
> Last I heard was that, about a year ago, the US dept of commerce put
> restrictions on a man called Waseem Jawad who was operating in the UAE
> under the company name Info Tech. He was put on an "entity list",
> designed to restrict him from receiving controlled exports from the US
> in the future.
>
> Source: http://www.bis.doc.gov/news/2011/bis_press12152011.htm
>
> On 01/12/2012 19:44, Bernard Tyers wrote:
> > And reading that article now, I wonder what ever happened to that
> > "internal investigation" Blue coat were running.
> >
> > I also wonder what happened with that Dubai distributor?
> >
> > Something tells me they're still doing business.
> >
> > Restrictions make no difference in these cases when you have one
> > company who will provide a  "partner" service provider who will
> > then provide a service to the persona non grata, possibly or
> > possibly not with the knowledge of the original company.
> >
> > Bernard
> >
> >
> > Connected by Motorola
> >
> >
> > "Jillian C. York" <jilliancyork at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> >
> http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203687504577001911398596328.html
> >
> >  /Blue Coat Systems
> > <http://online.wsj.com/public/quotes/main.html?type=djn&symbol=BCSI>
> > Inc. of Sunnyvale, Calif., says it shipped the Internet "filtering"
> > devices to Dubai late last year, believing they were destined for a
> > department of the Iraqi government. However, the devices—which can
> > block websites or record when people visit them—made their way to
> > Syria, a country subject to strict U.S. trade embargoes. / On Sat,
> > Dec 1, 2012 at 10:39 AM, Rafal Rohozinski <r.rohozinski at psiphon.ca
> > <mailto:r.rohozinski at psiphon.ca>> wrote:
> >
> > This pic has just been posted on twitter.  It was picked up by the
> > Secdev Syria Operation Group. It is allegeldy a picture of
> > internet censorship hardware taken inside a telecom hub (exchange)
> > in Damascus,
> > http://twitter.com/AmaraaBaghdad/status/274919986399703040/photo/1
> >
> > It looks like the ProxySG 9000 (
> > http://www.bluecoat.com/products/proxysg)
> >
> > Rafal
> >
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