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[liberationtech] Network surveillance

Eric S Johnson crates at
Wed Jun 5 15:38:22 PDT 2013

I've heard that a lot (especially "it's the Chinese") but found very little
evidence to support such allegations. 

In Addis last fall, was told by a source with some inside information that
the Ethiopian state's cybersurveillance software came from Israel.

The pictures which rebels shot of the Libyan cybersurveillance center's
equipment (after the Gaddafi government fell) identified it as having been
delivered as part of a (Chinese) ZTE contract.

It does seem reasonable to suppose almost any cybersurveillance system is
based on high-speed routers, which almost by definition came from one of a
very small number of suppliers (Cisco, ZTE, Huawei?).

It would be a super-good thing to gather evidence about such allegations--if
you can ask people who say "it's the Chinese" what data they have ...

> -----Original Message-----
> From: liberationtech-bounces at [mailto:liberationtech-
> bounces at] On Behalf Of Richard Brooks
> Sent: 06 June 2013 5.07
> To: liberationtech at
> Subject: [liberationtech] Network surveillance
> Just talked with a lot of people who think network surveillance
> equipment in their countries are being bought from either
> Israelis or Chinese. It seems that they are competing for
> market share. Was not aware of Israeli companies working in this
> space.

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