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    Fake Iran election Tweeters (suspected Iranian security operatives)

    Fake Iran election Tweeters
    June 17th, 2009

    The tweeters shown below are possible fakes accounts and may have connections to the Iranian Security apparatus. Do not re-tweet anything from these accounts. You can block them using the link attached below: Block Now

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    I thought this was an important piece of information to be shared, the Iranian security operatives are suspected of stalking the net in order to help crush the demonstrators who have been organizing online.

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    Re: Fake Iran election Tweeters (suspected Iranian security operatives)

    Iran is also using "deep packet inspection" to track down and spy on it's people. Here's the whole story:

    WSJ: Nokia, Siemens Help Iran Spy on Internet Users | Threat Level | Wired.com

    Iran has adopted NSA-like techniques and installed equipment on its national telecommunication network last year that allows it to spy on the online activities and correspondence — including the content of e-mail and VoIP phone calls — of its internet users.
    It’s previously been reported that Iran was blocking access to some web sites for people inside the country as protesters took to the streets and the internet to dispute the results of the country’s recent presidential election.


    But sources told the Journal that the government’s activities have gone beyond censorship to massive spying. They say the deep-packet inspection, which deconstructs data in transit then reconstructs it, could be responsible for network activity in Iran having recently slowed to less than a tenth of its regular speed. The slowdown could be caused by the inspection at a single point, rather than at numerous network points, as China reportedly does it.

    A brochure promoting the equipment sold to Iran says the technology allows for “the monitoring and interception of all types of voice and data communication on all networks.”

    A spokesman for Nokia Siemens Networks defended the sale of the equipment to Iran suggesting that the company provided the technology with the idea that it would be used for “lawful intercept,” such as combating terrorism, child pornography, drug trafficking and other criminal activity. Equipment installed for law enforcement purposes, however, can easily be used for spying as well.
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    Re: Fake Iran election Tweeters (suspected Iranian security operatives)

    Quote Originally Posted by Agent Ferris View Post
    I thought this was an important piece of information to be shared, the Iranian security operatives are suspected of stalking the net in order to help crush the demonstrators who have been organizing online.
    As soon as twitter became somewhat important to the Iranian events people started getting worried that exactly this would happen. The upshot of twitter is that it's relatively anonymous and contains often the most up to date information. The downside is that it's relatively anonymous and the information it reports is quite often completely impossible to verify. A widespread effort of Iranian misinformation could easily cut twitter as a tool off at the knees by making any information except that reported by a few well-known users worthless. I doubt we will see a campaign of that magnitude, at least this go-around, but twitter has as many weaknesses as it does strengths, and its utility thus far has been based around the fact that nobody really tried to exploit its weaknesses

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    Re: Fake Iran election Tweeters (suspected Iranian security operatives)

    Here is a way for the tech savvy to help the Iranian protesters.

    Tor and the Iranian Election - Bring down the Iran Curtain | Ian's Brain
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    Re: Fake Iran election Tweeters (suspected Iranian security operatives)

    Google chief: Iran can't control the net | Media | guardian.co.uk

    Google chief: Iran can't control the net

    Schmidt said he hoped that the many clips of violent protest scenes posted on YouTube – in many cases the only footage available following reporting bans for international media – had helped to "moderate an over-reaction by the government".
    Mobile phone footage of the shooting of Neda Soltani, the young Iranian woman killed during a protest on Saturday, was posted on YouTube and other websites within minutes and has become the defining image of the Iranian crisis.

    "The internet is the strongest force for individual self-expression ever invented," Schmidt said, during an interview hosted by Maurice Levy, the chief executive of ad agency holding company Publicis Groupe.

    "Governments around the world, even democratically elected, have difficulty with [the flow of] information online. Dictatorships and closed communities one after the other will try and shut down communication from inside. Strategies governments use trying to shut down people's speech are terrible strategies and will not succeed," he added.

    Last week Google, and Facebook, swiftly rolled out Farsi-language tools so that Persian speakers could "communicate directly to the world, and vice versa – increasing everyone's access to information".
    I agree with Schmidt. If there had been no witness, or public pressure on Iran, we never would've known and the Iranian gov't may well have used even more brutal force.

    I was so greatful to Google and Facebook. They had those translators ready to roll out, but not until the fall. They sent out a call for help and over 400 Persian speakers worked round the clock with them to get them out sooner. It's incredible how the internet community has worked quietly to help the revolution.
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    Re: Fake Iran election Tweeters (suspected Iranian security operatives)

    Quote Originally Posted by NDNdancer View Post
    Google chief: Iran can't control the net | Media | guardian.co.uk

    Google chief: Iran can't control the net



    I agree with Schmidt. If there had been no witness, or public pressure on Iran, we never would've known and the Iranian gov't may well have used even more brutal force.

    I was so greatful to Google and Facebook. They had those translators ready to roll out, but not until the fall. They sent out a call for help and over 400 Persian speakers worked round the clock with them to get them out sooner. It's incredible how the internet community has worked quietly to help the revolution.
    Didn't google work with China to help block websites?

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    Re: Fake Iran election Tweeters (suspected Iranian security operatives)

    Quote Originally Posted by Agent Ferris View Post
    Didn't google work with China to help block websites?
    Actually, China is using the same kind of technology Iran is to block Google. They blocked both Google and YouTube on the anniversary of Tienamen Square and are gearing up to block a whole host of websites for the 60th anniversary of the establishment of communist China.

    The "excuse" China uses is that Google is disseminating porn, which is against their laws. They're going to be blocking women's health sites, saying the same thing.
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    Re: Fake Iran election Tweeters (suspected Iranian security operatives)

    Interesting tweet data.

    Key Findings
    From 7 June 2009 until the time of publication (26 June 2009), we have recorded 2,024,166 tweets about the election in Iran.
    Approximately 480,000 users have contributed to this conversation alone.
    59.3% of users tweet just once, and these users contribute 14.1% of the total number.
    The top 10% of users in our study account for 65.5% of total tweets.
    1 in 4 tweets about Iran is a retweet of another user’s content.
    Web Ecology Project
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