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[liberationtech] Hacked by the SEA

Amin Sabeti aminsabeti at
Mon Jul 22 08:55:35 PDT 2013

Unfortunately, Tango has been so popular amongst the Iranian users since
Viber was blocked by the government!

On 22 July 2013 16:46, Collin Anderson <collin at> wrote:

> Libtech,
> Regrettably, it seems to have slipped the attention of most media, but the
> Syrian Electronic Army appears to have managed to compromise the network of
> the popular communications service Tango.
> They claim to have retrieved 10 Tb of backup data, so one might imagine
> there is a lot of useful data, perhaps call records, account information
> and source code, that might be used against those who are not particularly
> friendly with the Assad regime. Case in point, Tango seems to have
> experienced an increase in Iranian activist users, since it endured the
> government's connection throttling during the election better than most.
> Tango's only reply was that it experienced "brief, unauthorized access to
> some data," but exfiltrating multiple terabytes of data is no quick task.
> The question of replacing Skype on this list is pretty tired, but at least
> we can agree on not not giving vital data to a company that responds so
> irresponsibly to being hacked.
> Cordially,
> Collin
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