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Articles tagged with: kill switch

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.