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[liberationtech] Syria's Hacker Wars

Rafal Rohozinski r.rohozinski at
Tue Oct 8 09:45:21 PDT 2013

Analysis of the growing significance of hacking groups in the war in Syria.
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Syria's Hacker Wars
Internet hacking groups increasingly significant in Syrian war

8 October 2013. Internet hacking groups are a significant and growing feature of the war in Syria. A new development is the open association of some hacking groups with on-the-ground militant groups from both sides.

The Syrian civil war is the first to happen in the full throes of the new cyber environment, where mobile technologies, social media, digital natives, and internet surveillance have created a potent mix. This war is being fought in and through cyberspace. The Assad regime and the Syrian opposition rely on the internet and social media to organize, communicate, influence public opinion, attract local followers, garner international support, and exercise command and control over operations.

The opposition's use of cyber tools are mostly tactical, but serve to support an overall strategic aim of toppling the regime. By contrast, the regime – being in control of the country’s internet infrastructure – has been more strategic in its approach.

Common to both sides is the emergence of hacking groups that seek to silence their enemies. The evolution of Syria’s hacking wars is something to watch –- inside Syria and globally.
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This FlashNote is an output of the Syrian Digital Safety Project - SalamaTech - that seeks to improve the online safety and security of the Syrian people and to enhance the free flow of information in Syria. SalamaTech provides guidance, training and toolsets dedicated to enhancing digital safety and openness in Syria. The project is administered by The SecDev Foundation with funding from granting bodies in North America.

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