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[liberationtech] Collusion Alleged between HP and Iran (reflets.info)

Troy Etulain troyetulain at gmail.com
Fri Jun 7 09:40:19 PDT 2013


See: *Hewlett Packard, transparency and the brand valuation
bubble*<http://reflets.info/hewlett-packard-transparency-and-the-brand-valuation-bubble/>

"*Paris – june 7th 2013 -* Last tuesday, as part of an ongoing
investigation exploring internet censorship and monitoring in Iran and in
Syria, Reflets.info uncovered Hewlett Packard’s collaboration with
TCI<http://reflets.info/zte-et-hp-unis-pour-un-halalternet-au-pays-des-mollahs/>,
Iran’s state-own ISP – controling all Iranian internet traffic -, in order
to update its filtering and surveillance capabilities, paired with Chinese
ZTE appliances..."

Could Iran have done this without HP's knowledge, using this equipment? Is
this really a "collaboration" smoking gun?

I don't understand the code presented as evidence, but the presentation of
the presence of "application layer content filtering and application
specific packet filter (HEV)" (see the ) on the routers doesn't seem to
fall fall short of proving active participation of HP itself (especially if
the equipment was procured from a 3rd country).

Also the article's sensationalism casts doubts on the aptitude of its
writers. Take the quote (translated by Google translate) "zxss10b200 is a
rather beautiful beast that promises love joy and eternal bliss to the
Mullah thanks to features that make dream (blacklists, QoS, Web caching".
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