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Articles tagged with: Egypt

Members Of Anonymous Hacking Group, Arrested

Well, what do you know? Three suspected members of the Anonymous Hacking group were arrested today in Spain. The arrests were made in Barcelona, Valencia, and Almeria. For those who may have forgotten, the Anonymous hacking group is responsible for the attacks on Sony, Spanish banks, and possibly other attacks.

The arrests were actually as part of an investigation that had begun in October 2010. It looks like some of the attacks made by members of the group used a web-based tool called Loic to bombard the target sites with data. Furthermore, Paypal, Mastercard, and Amazon were each targeted using this tool.

Samsung Receives Bomb Scare After Bin Laden’s Death

Shortly after the main news stations had reported on the death of Bin Laden, Samsung Electronics received a bomb threat. The threat was made to the main branch of Samsung in Seoul, Korea. Interestingly enough, the Canadian division of Samsung also received a similar threat. The threat to Samsung in Korea also threatened other targets around Seoul. The targets listed in the the threat were embassies of Turkey, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Oman, Bahrain, Jordan, Syria and Egypt. All the embassies immediately raised security according to reports.

Facebook Removes “Third Palestinian Intifada” Page

Facebook has shut down a fanpage titled “Third Palestinian Intifada,” which called for Palestinians to take up arms against Israel. Specifically, it attempted to inspire Palestinians to begin an uprising on May 15, and before its removal the page had over 350,000 fans. Facebook at first seemed hesitant to shut the page down, and cited their support of freedom of expression.

The page began as a call for peaceful protest, however after the page gained publicity the comments became increasingly violent. Facebook’s content regulations prohibits material that directs “hateful or violent content directed at an individual or group.” After it’s removal, several pages have been created, however none have obtained the momentum of the original.

Libya — The Big Question For Bit.ly and Deck.ly

Libya has begun blocking access to Facebook in Tripoli, the country’s capital, and is cutting off electricity and access to the Internet as a response to anti-goverment protests.

If the access to specific sites are blocked, people can use proxies, but if the Internet lines are shutdown or the power is turned off, the story is different all together. Hence, this could not only impact bit.ly and deck.ly but all domains registered within Libyan control.

Perhaps the revolutions in the Middle East will allow people to rethink government sponsored/hosted domain registration.

Could Secret US PSY-OPS Plane Be Used In Egypt?

If the Internet had remained blocked in Egypt amidst the recent political uprising, what could the US do about it? The US needs to be very careful about its diplomatic efforts. The Obama administration is stating the Egyptians have universal rights, such as free speech, and access to information. But if the ON switch hadn’t been flipped last week, the US military could have resorted to using a secret tool up their sleeve to get people access to information – a heavily modified EC-130-J Air Force plane. Capable of broadcasting it’s own UHF, VHF, AM, and FM signals for hundreds of miles, and overriding any local transmissions, it can also provide Wi-Fi signals, aided through the use of satellite and non-satellite assets. What that really means is classified.

Circumventing Egypt’s Internet Kill Switch

Necessity truly is the mother of invention. With the political unrest in Egypt leading the government to shut down web traffic (especially Facebook, Twitter, etc.) in the country, protestors are turning to alternative means to get messages into and out of the country.

For a while, good old-fashioned dial-up access was the only way outside of courier pigeon, as phone service was spotty. Some ISP’s are offering this access, and even a French company is getting in on the action, although reports are indicating this might be shut down soon. So the enterprising souls at Google have taken the next step and launched a service that allows people to dial a phone number and leave a voicemail, which will be translated into a Twitter message.