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[liberationtech] Has #Iran finally launched the #Halal ‘net?

Collin Anderson collin at
Tue May 14 09:36:28 PDT 2013

I am not suggesting this was the intonation of Fabio's comments, but let me
preempt an idea that is bound to come up again -- *please* let's not DDoS
anything inside of Iran, even if conducted from the inside. The
infrastructure of the country is already poorly run and hindered by access
to technology as it is, the network stress of such activities only
compounds the problem. During the day, packet loss appears to be as high as
20% at times, and throughput is half of the night. Application-layer
attacks are cute, but the last thing that is needed is a bunch of anons
running LOIC again.

On Tue, May 14, 2013 at 11:24 AM, Fabio Pietrosanti (naif) <
lists at> wrote:

>  On 5/14/13 5:00 PM, Amin Sabeti wrote:
>  The 2013 Iranian presidential election is rapidly approaching, with the
> first round of voting set to take place on June 14. This election is tipped
> to be one of the most unpredictable contests in recent years, with the
> conservative establishment having fragmented dramatically since 2009.
> I think that a set of pro-active actions have to be taken, by acquiring
> hundreds of placeholders "from inside" in order to trigger "help" at the
> right moment.
> Probably a very big "activist controlled botnet" would be a valuable
> tool... maybe a bit aggressive, but possibly very useful!
> Fabio
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*Collin David Anderson* | @cda | Washington, D.C.
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