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[liberationtech] jamming satellite phones in Homs

Brian Conley brianc at smallworldnews.tv
Thu Mar 1 10:17:54 PST 2012


Hi Oli,

Based on my own research, my guess is that this *MIGHT* be a "new to the
Syrian military" technology, HOWEVER there are a lot of potential reasons
for this. It also could be caused by interference from foreign governments
supporting the opposition. We saw this in Libya last year, though it was
widely believed/known that NATO was jamming some/all communications at
various points over Benghazi, wreaking havoc with BBC and others BGAN
systems.

It could be any manner of causes and, unfortunately(but quite
understandably), the Syrian opposition has not so far shown themselves to
be particularly good at distinguishing the types and methods of jamming,
intercepting, and tracking communications.

Perhaps someone else on the list will comment who has greater access to
information than myself, but this is generally my understanding at this
time.

cheers

Brian

On Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 3:46 AM, oli <oli at cryptosms.org> wrote:

> Hi,
>
> according to:
>
> http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/03/20123175034166718.html
>
> "But communication with residents in the district was difficult.
> Electricity and phone lines have been cut off, and an activist from the
> Syrian Network for Human Rights told Al Jazeera that the government was
> using a new technology to jam satellite phone signals."
>
> Anyone any ideas what this "new technology" is?
>
> Oli
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