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European Firms Assisted Gaddafi's Internet Monitoring Regime 112

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the we-love-freedom-here dept.
riverat1 writes "The Next Web has a story on Muammar Gaddafi's monitoring of the internet and other telecommunications. As you might expect, the monitoring was intense. The story names companies that supplied the monitoring software, most notably Amesys, a unit of the French company Bull SA. There is a more detailed story behind the paywall at the Wall Street Journal." Boeing's Narus division may also have been involved (collecting very important Analytics and nothing suspicious of course). Update: 09/01 16:08 GMT by UL :Axure pointed out that VASTech (South Africa), ZTE (China), and the aforementioned Narus (US) also provided assistance, making the title of the article a bit inaccurate. It seems the Libyan Internet monitoring was an international affair (my apologies to Europe).
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European Firms Assisted Gaddafi's Internet Monitoring Regime

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  • six months ago (Score:5, Insightful)

    by xzvf (924443) on Thursday September 01, 2011 @09:31AM (#37274920)
    Six months ago Gaddafi and his government were legitimate. There are export restrictions to many nations (both from the US and Europe), but was there one to Libya? I'd suspect there wasn't. So this becomes a moral issue. Companies should have a "don't sell to dictators" policy. We should isolate them from all trade. No more business with China until they have a freely elected government. No more oil from Saudi Arabia until the kingdom is overthrown. The only viable solution is for "free" governments to allow and encourage anonymous, encrypted communication. Yes, that will make the job of law enforcement harder, people will use it to violate IP laws and traffic in child porn, but it is the only way to enable free exchange of ideas outside government control.
  • by acidradio (659704) on Thursday September 01, 2011 @09:34AM (#37274954)

    Corporations are "people"... until it is time to prosecute them. Then nothing seems to happen.

  • In other news (Score:5, Insightful)

    by ArchieBunker (132337) on Thursday September 01, 2011 @09:41AM (#37275020) Homepage

    Money talks, whats the real story here?

  • Re:six months ago (Score:5, Insightful)

    by PixetaledPikachu (1007305) on Thursday September 01, 2011 @09:42AM (#37275042)

    So this becomes a moral issue. Companies should have a "don't sell to dictators" policy. We should isolate them from all trade. No more business with China until they have a freely elected government. No more oil from Saudi Arabia until the kingdom is overthrown.

    No more business with the US government until they close Guantanamo?

  • Re:"European" (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Baloroth (2370816) on Thursday September 01, 2011 @10:05AM (#37275226)

    Sure, it's flamebait. I should point out, however, that Narus (according to a different article on CBS, I couldn't read the WSJ article) rejected the Libyan's deal. The primary contributors were Amyses and ZTE, it looks like. One is Chinese (so you really shouldn't be surprised) and the other is French (which is the 'scandalous' part). So flamebait, maybe. Still true. Also, VAStech provided the tools to monitor international calls, so nothing to do with the Internet monitoring.

    So yeah, calling out a French company for selling to Libya is perfectly justified even if very flamebaity.

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