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[liberationtech] Censorship hardware - BLUECOAT IN SYIA

Andrew Lewis me at andrewlew.is
Sat Dec 1 15:13:24 PST 2012


Here is a link to the Hauwei diagrams and internal structure of Tarassul. I'll add other stuff as I dig it up.


https://docs.google.com/folder/d/0B2zVAXgUsk22Mk9NeHNQLVZ3VFU/edit

-Andrew

On Dec 2, 2012, at 11:38 AM, Andrew Lewis <me at andrewlew.is> wrote:

> 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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