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Researchers Find Gaps In Iranian Filtering 156

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "With all the turmoil and internet censorship in Iran making it difficult to get an accurate picture of what's going, security researchers have found a way to locate gaps in Iran's filtering by analyzing traffic exiting Iran. The short version is that SSH, torrents and Flash are high priorities for blocking, while game protocols like WoW and Xbox traffic are being ignored, even though they also allow communication. Hopefully, this data will help people think of new ways to bypass filtering and speak freely, even though average Iranians have worse things to worry about than internet censorship, now that the reformists have been declared anti-Islamic by the Supreme Leader. Given the circumstances, that declaration has been called 'basically a death sentence' for those who continue protesting." Reader CaroKann sends in a related story at the Washington Post about an analysis of the vote totals in the Iranian election (similar to, but different from the one we discussed earlier) in which the authors say the election results have a one in two-hundred chance of being legitimate.
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Researchers Find Gaps In Iranian Filtering

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 21, 2009 @09:17AM (#28410089)
    so does this mean i can use the port number of xboxlive and wow to send and receive data?
  • Re:Good job (Score:4, Interesting)

    by juenger1701 ( 877138 ) on Sunday June 21, 2009 @09:34AM (#28410181)

    maybe not Slashdot but security sites dedicated to finding flaws and gaps in their filtering most likely get looked at

  • nomoreiranplease? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by wigaloo ( 897600 ) on Sunday June 21, 2009 @09:52AM (#28410269)

    It is hard to fathom how the story of the year (also the tech story of the year) could be tagged "nomoreiranplease". Tech has played a critical role in this event. Who ever thought that twitter could actually be useful? The diaspora of communications technologies has proved very hard to shut down, and it will be interesting to see what new communications tech adds to this in the future.

    One issue this brings up is the differences between the fark [] free-for-all comment system (including images!) versus slashdot's moderation. The contribution of fark to reporting what has been going on in Iran has been really impressive, and fark is essentially a news aggregator just like slashdot. Does the moderation system of slashdot prevent a similar thing from happening here? I had hoped to see a much more vigorous discussion from the slashdot community, but the real action is elsewhere. Part of this is due to the moderation system, I think, which effectively forces an end to conversations when the mods run out.

    I'm not trying to be trollish, but think this is an interesting thing to think about. Slashdot used to feel like the center of the tech universe, but has been badly outdone on this topic by fark and others.

  • by WDot ( 1286728 ) on Sunday June 21, 2009 @09:58AM (#28410325)
    As much as I respect the Iranians who protest, what's going on in Iran is a big example of why the US may be hesitant to protest: protesting is SCARY. One of the most watched videos on Reddit recently is a gruesome video of an Iranian girl being shot to death for protesting. I think a lot of people in the US just want to be left alone by the government. Is protesting the government worth risking your neck or your job? What about your spouse and children? It's sad, but that seems to be the case.
  • by GabriellaKat ( 748072 ) on Sunday June 21, 2009 @10:18AM (#28410457)

    As much as I respect the Iranians who protest, what's going on in Iran is a big example of why the US may be hesitant to protest: protesting is SCARY. One of the most watched videos on Reddit recently is a gruesome video of an Iranian girl being shot to death for protesting. I think a lot of people in the US just want to be left alone by the government. Is protesting the government worth risking your neck or your job? What about your spouse and children? It's sad, but that seems to be the case.

    I guess too many people have forgotten KENT STATE, or don't know our history, or just don't care anymore? Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. Those who remember now seem doomed to apathy.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 21, 2009 @10:25AM (#28410507)

    Isn't this worse than what the US want McKinnon arrested for under terrorism charges?

    Isn't this the same as the hacking the Chinese are accused of doing to the US computer systems?

    If so, why is this OK when the others aren't?

  • by Jonas Buyl ( 1425319 ) on Sunday June 21, 2009 @10:28AM (#28410527)
    Hmm. I wonder what's more likely, a corrupt regime where the most influential leader is the highest religious authority as well or a government led by a democratically elected president.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 21, 2009 @10:39AM (#28410633)

    mod parent up, grandparent has obviously not understud anything about the linked article, the claims are simply false.

    the most striking thing about the election manipulations are imho that they have been done very very badly. the government obviously did not give a crap whether anyone would find out, they put some uneducated guys at a table and told them they want at least 60% of the votes and published the results after one hour of work. it would have been very simple to take into considerations many of the criticism that has come up, they should have used actual randomization and thought about which provinces voted for whom. in the end it seems like they simply did not care if anyone found out, it's like they're laughing at the world (or they're just plain naiv).

  • by Coutal ( 98822 ) on Sunday June 21, 2009 @11:06AM (#28410809)

    According to this:
    Nokia/siemens sold filtering software to iran, quite the nefarious thing to do, perhaps even bypassing some boycott agreements and US export regulations, if containing any US code. now's the time to make them disclose what sofware they sold, and everything they know about the filtering system. a lot of lives are at stake, now's the time.
    if any nokia/siemens employees are reading this, pass this on!

  • by Colin Smith ( 2679 ) on Sunday June 21, 2009 @11:26AM (#28410979)

    You know where the US gets most of the oil from, right? Hint, it aint Iran or Iraq.

    Totally irrelevant. This has bugger all to do with where the USA buys it's oil.

    The rest of the world buys US dollars so that they can buy oil. This allows the US to print (borrow) dollars into existence and then spend them on whichever projects they want to without inflation sky rocketing. Military, healthcare, whatever is the pet project of the people in charge.

    This is why Iraq and Iran are so important, particularly to the USA. Saudi is even more important in this regard and why they are America's bestest friends, particularly after having seen Iraq invaded and unrest is being incited in Iran.

    Does anyone actually believe that the Iranian elections have ever been anything but fixed? Oh, come on... So why all the unrest now? The Iranian Oil Bourse is due to start trading oil in euros, not dollars, real soon now. So now would be a great time to prevent that by say funding opposition to the incumbent leadership.

  • Re:nomoreiranplease? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by wigaloo ( 897600 ) on Sunday June 21, 2009 @12:12PM (#28411281)

    Wow, you need to pay closer attention. Start with this Iran Update [] from Fark user Tatsuma, which has been gleaned (or so I understand) from reliable twitter sources on the ground in Iran. Very little of this information is coming out in the mainstream media. Other places like 4chan have been very active in setting up proxies to get the information out. This is a very important world and tech development.

    Remember that this event is only a week old. The objective should not be to have a repeat of the bloody events of 1979, which is what you get when the situation evolves too rapidly.

  • Re:nomoreiranplease? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Artifakt ( 700173 ) on Sunday June 21, 2009 @01:40PM (#28411955)

    While we're at it, you could check out the Project for the Old American Century site, (
    Which is currently devoting itself covering to the Iran mess to the extent that they have renamed themselves the "Project for the Old Persian Century" on their masthead. Half the Reddit politics links they pass on seem to be devoted to Iran today.

          Normally, I do Slashdot instead of Fark or Reddit because the mod system here actually seems to reduce the turkey level - in particular, Reddit has a bunch of 'Atheists' (who may just be posturing as part of a mass trolling) who have vowed to make all the other sections 'officially Atheists Only', and 'ruthlessly suppress all religious speech' (that's their phrases, not mine). there are probably at least 50 accounts involved, something I've never seen anything close to here. In fact, finding something like that on Slashdot would probably mean a GNAA post and 10 "me too"s, all remorselessly modded up to +5 and kept there for days, by literally dozens of throw away accounts. If someone wants to try that hard here, they'll just be setting a new mark for pathetic losers everywhere. In that sense, Slashdot's mod system works well.

          But what I'm seeing there today is that on an important news issue, there are enough thousands of people responding that trolls like that are completely drowned out, or have enough sense to stay out of the way. The information level has gone high, there's a lot of thoughtful, reasoned posting, and it's obvious that some people will be taking what they are learning in the discussion into account when it comes time to vote or contribute to political causes. On this issue, both Fark and Reddit are having real impact. maybe some of that's happening here too, but it's less obvious.

  • by Nom du Keyboard ( 633989 ) on Sunday June 21, 2009 @03:12PM (#28412677)
    This morning I've been watching clips "smuggled out" via posting onto YouTube.

    It's axiomatic that if you know about YouTube and can post to YouTube that you can also view YouTube. And if you're viewing YouTube then you seeing a rest of the world that is a whole lot more fun than the hell hole you're stuck in at the moment. Of course the young college students fueling the protests would like their lives to be a bit more free than what they've been forced to live under -- especially the women!

    So just how is that Sharia Law working out for you?

    Say what you want about the decadent west, but nobody is about to show up at my door and beat me senseless for posting this.
  • by hairyfeet ( 841228 ) <bassbeast1968@gm[ ].com ['ail' in gap]> on Sunday June 21, 2009 @03:45PM (#28412955) Journal

    I know I shouldn't feed the troll...but I'm bored. I'm a progressive and I know that fundie ANY religion is frankly batshit. I just don't think it is the job of the US Citizen to play "World Police" to try to force every nation out there not to have batshit religions. Look at how much cash we have blown on "nation building" while our infrastructure falls down around our ears and many Americans can't find a job. Or the huge checks [] we send to Israel every year to prop them up. I don't see anybody sending cash to us poor Americans, do you?

    It isn't our job to be the world police. Inside every gook is NOT an American waiting to get out, okay? If the Iranians want a democracy they are gonna have to get rid of their leaders and take it, from the rigging of the elections that much is obvious. While I have no problem with a private citizen deciding to share his connection to help an Iranian, I DO have a problem with using this as an excuse for "IraqII" which is what the hawks would just love. let other countries take care of themselves and let us mind our own damned business, something we haven't actually done since the end of WW2.

  • by Repossessed ( 1117929 ) on Sunday June 21, 2009 @05:26PM (#28413723)

    Safenet also sells censoring software to the iranian government.

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