Tag Archives: Syria

Some Devices Wander by Mistake: Planet Blue Coat Redux

The Citizen Lab is pleased to announce the release of Some Devices Wander by Mistake: Planet Blue Coat Redux. In this report, we use a combination of network measurement and scanning methods and tools to identify instances of Blue Coat ProxySG and PacketShaper devices. This equipment can be used to secure and maintain networks, but can also be used to implement politically-motivated restrictions on access to information, and monitor and record private communications. We found Blue Coat devices on public networks of 83 countries. Included in these countries are regimes with questionable human rights records, and three countries that are subject to US sanctions: Iran, Syria, and Sudan.

A Call to Harm: New Malware Attacks Target the Syrian Opposition

The Citizen Lab is pleased to announce the publication of A Call to Harm: New Malware Attacks Against the Syrian Opposition. This research report by Morgan Marquis-Boire and John Scott-Railton examines two recent cyber attacks targeting the Syrian opposition: malware masquerading as the circumvention tool Freegate and a campaign masquerading as a call to arms by a pro-opposition cleric.

Middle East and North Africa CyberWatch – May 2013

This edition of the Middle East and North Africa CyberWatch discusses censorship and filtering, surveillance, blogger and netizen arrests and more.

Hunting for Syrian hackers’ chain of command

Citizen Lab Research Fellow John Scott-Railton and Technical Advisor Morgan Marquis-Boire are featured in a New York Times piece on the Syrian Electronic Army.

Senior Researcher Helmi Noman on the Syrian Electronic Army

Citizen Lab Senior Researcher Helmi Noman spoke to media this week about the Syrian Electronic Army and the latest hacking of the Associated Press’ verified Twitter account.

Middle East and North Africa CyberWatch – March 2013

This edition of the Middle East and North Africa CyberWatch covers topics such as censorship and surveillance, blogger and netizen arrests, cyber attacks and technological developments from the region.

Citizen Lab Senior Researcher Helmi Noman interviewed on France24 Arabic

Noman discussed the recent Twitter compromises, techniques believed to be used (phishing URLs), and how the regional dimensions of the conflict in Syria is reflected on the Internet (e.g., defacement of Iranian and Russian websites over their support to Syrian regime).

Middle East and North Africa CyberWatch – January 2013

This edition of the Middle East and North Africa CyberWatch covers topics such as censorship and surveillance, blogger and netizen arrests, cyber attacks and technological developments from the region.

Infographic: Is your country vulnerable to a Syria-style Internet blackout?

Source: Max Fisher, The Washington Post

Last week’s jarring shutdown of the entire Syrian Internet raised a number of questions, some of them scary: How does this even happen? How could an entire country be pulled offline so quickly? Who else is vulnerable?

Media coverage of The Canadian Connection report series

The Citizen Lab report “The Canadian Connection: An investigation of Syrian government and Hezbullah web hosting in Canada” and its follow-up, “The Canadian Connection: One Year Later”, have been mentioned in the media in relation to the recent shutting down of Internet networks by the Assad regime in Syria.