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Iran’s Web Spying

If the mad mullahs crush dissent…….what will become of those freedom fighters and citizen journalists who beamed those messages, tweets, pics and reportage, without which the world would never have known of the brutal oppression and violence of Islam?

…………..in confronting the political turmoil that has consumed the country
this past week, the Iranian government appears to be engaging in a
practice often called deep packet inspection, which enables authorities
to not only block communication but to monitor it to gather information
about individuals, as well as alter it for disinformation purposes,
according to these experts.

The monitoring capability was provided, at least in part, by a joint venture of Siemens AG, the German conglomerate, and Nokia Corp., the Finnish cellphone company, in the second half of 2008, Ben Roome, a spokesman for the joint venture, confirmed.

The "monitoring center," installed within the government's telecom
monopoly, was part of a larger contract with Iran that included
mobile-phone networking technology, Mr. Roome said.

"If you sell networks, you also, intrinsically, sell the capability
to intercept any communication that runs over them," said Mr. Roome.

The sale of the equipment to Iran by the joint venture, called Nokia
Siemens Networks, was previously reported last year by the editor of an
Austrian information-technology Web site called Futurezone.

The Iranian government had experimented with the equipment for brief
periods in recent months, but it had not been used extensively, and
therefore its capabilities weren't fully displayed — until during the
recent unrest, the Internet experts interviewed said.

"We didn't know they could do this much," said a network engineer in
Tehran. "Now we know they have powerful things that allow them to do
very complex tracking on the network."

UPDATE: Nokia/Siemens issues a statement concerning the WSJ  report  that it provided Iran with censoring technology. Read their statement is here.

Recent media reports have speculated about Nokia Siemens Networks’ role in providing monitoring capability to Iran. Nokia Siemens Networks has provided Lawful Intercept capability solely for the monitoring of local voice calls in Iran. Nokia Siemens Networks has not provided any deep packet inspection, web censorship or Internet filtering capability to Iran.

Meanwhile, if you own their stock, sell it.

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