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[liberationtech] Censorship hardware - BLUECOAT IN SYIA

KheOps kheops at ceops.eu
Sun Dec 2 16:26:38 PST 2012


Hey,

Le 03/12/2012 01:11, L. Aaron Kaplan a écrit :
> 
> On Dec 2, 2012, at 2:00 AM, KheOps wrote:

[...]

>> What if that second picture - the one that popped up today - had been
>> taken just recently by some opponent to the regime who managed to gain
>> access to the Tarassul technical office; that intrusion could have lead
>> the regime to do a kind of massive shutdown?
>>
>> As I said, this might make no sense at all. But in a way, such a total
>> disruption, including the governmental/stock exchange/whatever websites
>> could be something the regime itself did not really want.

[...]

> Does anyone have any info on the paths that the fiber cables are taking from Tartus till Damascus?
> If they are not to cross the border and go to Lebanon, then they must pass by Homs. Usually fiber lines are next to train tracks or highways.

Tartus is to my knowledge under regime control, as people there are
mostly pro-regime. As for the rest of the path that the cables can take,
I have no idea.

> Also the pictures from Tarassul which you reference above are to my knowledge in Alleppo. 

Sounds very strange to me. As far as I know they would rather be located
in Damascus, either in a STE or Tarassul building. I'll ask around to
fetch more info, if possible.

> Can anyone here say for sure that rebels could easily enter that building since it is in their controlled territory?
> 
> But let's analyze this: what happens when some rebels enter the building where the blue-coats are ?
> What would they gain from cutting off the connections? 

Nothing, but I can easily imagine people saying "those are the f*cking
BlueCoats that are spying on us, let's unplug them" without
understanding that this would cause a massive outage.

KheOps



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