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Iranian telecom monitoring capabilities

June 23, 2009
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I’m not sure whether this is old hat, but the WSJ had an interesting article online about the ability for the Iranian government to intercept communications of its own citizenry:

The Iranian regime has developed, with the assistance of European telecommunications companies, one of the world’s most sophisticated mechanisms for controlling and censoring the Internet, allowing it to examine the content of individual online communications on a massive scale.

Interviews with technology experts in Iran and outside the country say Iranian efforts at monitoring Internet information go well beyond blocking access to Web sites or severing Internet connections.  Instead, 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.

Given the amount of data flowing out of that country, they don’t seem to be doing an effective job of this, however.  Read the whole article.

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