Iran's web snooping aided by western technologies

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that with the with the assistance of European telecommunications companies, the Iranian regime has developed a way to examine the content of individual online communications on a massive scale, using deep packet inspection, going beyond blocking access to Web sites or cutting Internet connections.

Deep pack inspection allows 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 interviews with technology experts.

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

The capability was provided by a joint venture of Siemens AG, the German conglomerate, and Nokia, the Finnish cellphone company. "The "monitoring center" installed within the government's telecom monopoly, was part of a larger contract with Iran that included mobile-phone networking technology", said Ben Roome, a spokesman for the joint venture.

With the recent fallout from the election, and people using the internet to get their message out, the Iranian government has been blocking access to certain sites like Facebook and Twitter, and has been jamming other forms of communication such as cell phones texting, and satellite transmissions, Fortunately, people are finding way to get around this.

Like most totatalitanian regimes, Iran seeks to control the flow of information in and out of the country. As we previously reported, they have also been photoshopping images to make it look like there is more support for the voting outcome than there really is.

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"people are finding way to get around this."

should this be "people are finding a way to get around this.", or "people are finding ways to get around this." ?

How typically hypocrates you all are, the USA screws you rights in the name of homeland security, bombs Afganistan/Iraq on lies (Iraq on WMD's and Afganistan for Usama).... Now I feel like all American's and Europeon people are bung of fools.....

Iraq attacked conquered for? OIL .... If you think diffrent lame about it, but if you use common sense like you with tech stuff then I guess you'll be with me.

Afganistan attacked conquerd for? POPY .... The Afgan Taliban (the orignals as we call them here now... lol) screwed the POPY production by 85% go search online and youll find facts...... before the Taliban's rule in Afganistan the other group was US controlled Afganistan is USED by the US to grow POPY and sell to suckers in the US and so to keep them out of common logic and leech them out of there money....

Whats going on with your fedral reserve? do you people know?

Back to the point, all this I wrote to back up this statment "If you do it its homeland security, plus your govt HAS the power to wipe out any name from the face of US and no one else will know..... and you think your leaders wont be abusing that power?, so now Iran does something and the US start wining.... the ONLY thing the US is interested in (with the rest of the world) is its the other people RESOURCES..... they bribe, wage war, and kill other to achive that.... so we are better of in the third world living lives of poverty and humanity rather than be wild senseless animals of the first world.... " Think about it..... Its all an illusion! Peace.

RAID 0 said,
blah blah blah

Typical answer...

Now go see Youtube (and also on other sites) see the header.... claiming to WATCH video's of Iran .... lol this is to fuel up the propoganda.... still not belive it?...

You guys live in dream world

RAID 0 said,
blah blah blah

Typical answer...

Now go see Youtube (and also on other sites) see the header.... claiming to WATCH video's of Iran .... lol this is to fuel up the propoganda.... still not belive it?...

You guys live in dream world

where has this sudden, bleating cry of "boycott!" come from all of a sudden, wherever companies do perceived ill? It's never going to happen.

obama and brown should tell those companies that if they dont give them the intelligence they will ban them from operating in the UK and US.

But don't have this already? I know FOR A FACT WE DO, as I've worked with a company that has developed it. so why doesn't the tile ass USA and UK too?

This article is more about fear and hate mungering.

LOL... what is that fake indignation after Europeans companies ... the NSA have read emails even on past president and if you think american companies does not sell that stuff, you are really naive.

So true

wait wait , use an Iphone , Apple wouldnt ever ever try to do what nokia , siemens or any other company would do

Like most totatalitanian regimes, Iran seeks to control the flow of information in and out of the country. As we previously reported, they have also been photoshopping images to make it look like there is more support for the voting outcome than there really is.

Dont forget Reuters Photoshop of Iranian Missile launch , its not just them ( as in Iran doing it )

As if a boycott would work, chances are 99.9% of the western world will never find out about this, not understand it or won't give a **** if they do anyway.

I need a trace buster buster buster to bust yo' trace buster buster!

International standards and laws need to be established to punish corporations that aid totalitarian regimes. They are trafficking with humanity's enemies, and what they do in Iran today they are also doing in the west, we just aren't noticing.

It's been happening for a long time, IBM sold computers to the Nazi's to aid in counting jews in the concentration camps, etc. Google bows down to the will of China. Microsoft too. I agree though, it's not right.

just look at what's showing up on the 'related news' on this page... spy satellites, magic lantern, chinese spy networks, etc ....

Marshalus said,
It's been happening for a long time, IBM sold computers to the Nazi's to aid in counting jews in the concentration camps, etc. Google bows down to the will of China. Microsoft too. I agree though, it's not right.

Doesn't Cisco also help heavily with China?

someone should intercept those transmission and then revert it back to its original form before it was altered lolz. Iranian government = fail

This is terrible. Boycott Nokia and Siemens now! (I bet someone actually starts a Facebook group for it)

Vice said,
This is terrible. Boycott Nokia and Siemens now! (I bet someone actually starts a Facebook group for it)

We should, because Comcast used similar tech to conduct terrorism in the US against users of p2p. It's useful for businesses who want to keep their employees from doing bad things, but in the hands of governments and ISPs it becomes a way to censor or throttle online communications. Iran isn't the only one by far, if you're going to complain then complain about the US, UK, Australia, China, France, and Germany too.

Its worth knowing that the equipment than Nokia/Seimens has provided comes as standard with ANY network installation, anywhere in the world, and it's not limited to Nokia and Seimens. The equipment provided is a useful tool (I assume) for debugging networks, and it's the buyers that are using it for malintent.