Tag Archives: UAE

Smartfilter: Miscategorization and Filtering in Saudi Arabia and UAE

What do the Trinity Davison Lutheran Church, the Filipino American Women’s Network, the Tucson Jazz Institute, the Sacramento Police Activities League, the Pan Iranist Party of Iran, and the Salvation Army of Houston, Texas have in common?

Their websites are all blocked for Internet users in Saudi Arabia, and for most Internet users in the United Arab Emirates

Middle East and North Africa CyberWatch – June 2013

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

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.

Middle East and North Africa CyberWatch – April 2013

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

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.

Planet Blue Coat: Mapping Global Censorship and Surveillance Tools

Blue Coat Devices capable of filtering, censorship, and surveillance are being used around the world. 61 of these Blue Coat appliances are on public or government networks in countries with a history of concerns over human rights, surveillance, and censorship. Our findings support the need for national and international scrutiny of Blue Coat implementations in the countries we have identified, and a closer look at the global proliferation of “dual-use” information and communication technologies.

Middle East and North Africa CyberWatch – November 3-16, 2012 – Citizen Lab

This edition of the Middle East and North Africa CyberWatch covers topics such as censorship and filtering, blogger and netizen arrests, Internet and social media use, and technology.

United Arab Emirates outlaws online criticism of the government

Source: Amar Toor, The Verge

The United Arab Emirates this week introduced sweeping new regulations that forbid web users from criticizing the government and organizing protests online.

Surveillance malware targets UAE activist as exploit sellers implicated

Source: Tom Brewster, Tech Week Europe

A prominent activist from the UAE has been targeted by surveillance malware likely to have been created by an Italian company, with a French exploit seller implicated too, according to researchers.

Backdoors are Forever: Hacking Team and the Targeting of Dissent?

In this report, Citizen Lab Security Researcher Morgan Marquis-Boire describes analysis performed on malicious software used to compromise a high profile dissident residing in the United Arab Emirates. The findings indicate that the software is a commercial surveillance backdoor distributed by an Italian company known as Hacking Team. The report also describes the potential involvement of vulnerabilities sold by the French company, VUPEN.