Syria using 34 Blue Coat servers to spy on Internet users

first_img RSF_en Related documents 130523_cp_blue_coat_ar-2.pdfPDF – 251.75 KB News Organisation Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law to go further March 8, 2021 Find out more News News News Receive email alerts Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Read in Arabic (بالعربية)Syria’s Internet network has long been kept under close surveillance. Now it turns out that the surveillance has been stepped up.The Telecomix hactivist group has revealed that 34 Blue Coat servers are operating in Syria (WeFC link). The servers are using DPI (Deep Packet Inspection) technology to analyse and control the activities of Syrian Internet users – censuring websites, intercepting emails, obtaining details of sites visited and so on.As the Assad regime recovers territory in the civil war, the installation of Blue Coat servers in what is already the world’s third largest prison for news providers represents an additional threat to news and information, netizens, journalists and their sources.Reporters Without Borders calls on Blue Coat – a California-based company already identified as an Enemy of the Internet in the special report on online surveillance that we released on 12 March, World Day Against Cyber-Censorship – to explain the presence of 34 of its servers in Syria and their use by the regime to track down its opponents.Reporters Without Borders wrote in its March report: “If these companies decided to sell to authoritarian regimes, they must have known that their products could be used to spy on journalists, dissidents and netizens. If their digital surveillance products were sold to an authoritarian regime by an intermediary without their knowledge, their failure to keep track of the exports of their own software means they did not care if their technology was misused and did not care about the vulnerability of those who defend human rights.Blue Coat replied in an email to Reporters Without Borders the same day: “We fully respect and support human rights, such as freedom of expression. We do not design our products, or condone their use, to suppress human rights. In 2013, we are conducting a comprehensive review of our business, policies and procedures to review what further steps we can take to limit misuse of our products.”Following yesterday’s identification of 34 new servers in Syria, Reporters Without Borders calls on Blue Coat to explain itself again. If the company again claims, as it did on 12 March, that it does not sell servers to Syria, it must explain their presence in Syria to the Syrian people and to the international community.If, after an investigation into Blue Coat’s export methods, it turns out that the company did not take the necessary measures to prevent the export of its products to countries such as Syria, or if they were exported in violation of the laws in effect, Reporters Without Borders reserves the right to take this case before the appropriate courts, or the court of public opinion.The activities of companies such as Blue Coat show that it is essential to regulate and monitor the export of surveillance products. For the past decade, Reporters Without Borders has been calling for sanctions against companies that collaborate with authoritarian regimes. By exporting surveillance technology, countries often contribute to major violations of media freedom.Syria is one of the countries that are ranked as an Enemies of the Internet in the report released on 12 March.See the report demonstrating the presence of Blue Coat servers in Syria on WeFightCensorship.org. Follow the news on Syria February 3, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information May 23, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Syria using 34 Blue Coat servers to spy on Internet users March 12, 2021 Find out more SyriaMiddle East – North Africa SyriaMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more

NFL: Tyreek Hill avoids suspension, allowed to return to Kansas City Chiefs after abuse investigation

first_img Beau Lund July 19, 2019 /Sports News – National NFL: Tyreek Hill avoids suspension, allowed to return to Kansas City Chiefs after abuse investigation FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPeter Aiken/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — An NFL player who was the subject of a domestic violence investigation involving his young son will not be suspended, the league announced Friday.Tyreek Hill, a Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver, was cleared by the National Football League to attend training camp next week.The investigation stemmed from the release of a video in which Hill’s fiancé accused him of abusing their 3-year-old son.The NFL released a statement confirming it will not be suspending Hill after conducting “a comprehensive investigation.” Authorities conducted a separate investigation, too.“Local law enforcement authorities have publicly advised that the available evidence does not permit them to determine who caused the child’s injuries,” the statement reads.“Similarly, based on the evidence presently available, the NFL cannot conclude that Mr. Hill violated the Personal Conduct Policy. Accordingly, he may attend Kansas City’s training camp and participate in all club activities,” the statement continues.The NFL is keeping the case open, however.“If further information becomes available through law enforcement, the pending court proceeding, or other sources, we will promptly consider it and take all appropriate steps at that time,” the statement reads.This was not the first time that Hill, 25, has faced accusations of abuse or assault. He pleaded guilty of battery in connection to a case involving his fiancée, Crystal Espinal, in 2014 when he was a student at Oklahoma State University.He was sentenced to three years probation and anger management classes for that battery case, ESPN reported.On Friday, after the NFL released its statement in connection to the investigation involving Hill’s son, the star receiver posted a statement on Twitter, writing that “the last few months have been very difficult for me, especially as a father.”“The false allegations that were originally reported in March were highly publicized and involved the care of my son. I am grateful for so many things and grateful for so many people who have supported me during this challenging time. I fully respect and accept the NFL’s decision,” Hill wrote in his statement posted to Twitter.He went on to thank his coaches, teammates and fans before addressing his children.“To my children, my beautiful children: I love you all dearly and I promise you all that I will continue to strive to be the best father, the best friend, the best role model, and the best mentor that I can be,” he wrote.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Written bylast_img read more