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US Gov't Assisted Iranian Gov't Mobile Wiretaps 161

bdsesq sent in a story on Ars Technica highlighting how the US government's drive for security back doors has enabled the Iranian government to spy on its citizens. "For instance, TKTK was lambasted last year for selling telecom equipment to Iran that included the ability to wiretap mobile phones at will. Lost in that uproar was the fact that sophisticated wiretapping capabilities became standard issue for technology thanks to the US government's CALEA rules that require all phone systems, and now broadband systems, to include these capabilities."
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US Gov't Assisted Iranian Gov't Mobile Wiretaps

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  • Re:Wait, what ? (Score:5, Informative)

    by WrongSizeGlass ( 838941 ) on Tuesday September 28, 2010 @04:39PM (#33727990)
    The title is very misleading ... it should read "Iranian Gov Uses Telecom Backdoors Required By US Gov"
  • Re:Double Standard (Score:3, Informative)

    by MetalliQaZ ( 539913 ) on Tuesday September 28, 2010 @05:01PM (#33728300)

    Why stop at wiretapping equipment? Without the efforts of the US, Iran wouldn't have F-14 Tomcats either.

  • Re:Double Standard (Score:4, Informative)

    by amicusNYCL ( 1538833 ) on Tuesday September 28, 2010 @05:18PM (#33728498)

    Or a nuclear research reactor in Tehran, for that matter. []

  • by TheGratefulNet ( 143330 ) on Tuesday September 28, 2010 @05:55PM (#33728814)

    I work in the 'comms' (networking) field in the bay area. I can't interview for a job that doesn't seem to *include* some form of DPI or calea side to it.

    if you are using any kind of networking gear that is rackmount and more than a month's rent, chances are it has calea wiretapping 'modes' to it. or, its purchasable if you are the right kind of entity, so to speak.

    there are also networking boxes that intercept the SSL transport and give users a false sense of security (ignore the mitm, that cert looks very real, doesn't it?).

    I don't directly 'do' calea but if you do software or hardware and are in the networking field, you'll run into it eventually.

  • Re:This. (Score:3, Informative)

    by amicusNYCL ( 1538833 ) on Tuesday September 28, 2010 @06:38PM (#33729128)

    You want evidence that Obama is not using the FISA court? How about evidence that he is? Feel free to find something newer than this: []

    Obama's statement only addressed the objections to the telecom immunity provisions of the bill, while ignoring the objections to the (at least) equally pernicious new warrantless eavesdropping powers the bill authorizes.

    The new FISA bill that Obama supports vests new categories of warrantless eavesdropping powers in the President (.pdf), and allows the Government, for the first time, to tap physically into U.S. telecommunications networks inside our country with no individual warrant requirement. To claim that this new bill creates "an independent monitor [to] watch the watchers to prevent abuses and to protect the civil liberties of the American people" is truly misleading, since the new FISA bill actually does the opposite -- it frees the Government from exactly that monitoring in all sorts of broad categories.

  • Re:Wait, what ? (Score:3, Informative)

    by bsDaemon ( 87307 ) on Tuesday September 28, 2010 @06:57PM (#33729284)

    Well, the Einstein one maybe not, but RIAA aiding opressive regiemes seems to be the general consensus around here.

  • Re:Wait, what ? (Score:3, Informative)

    by BlueStrat ( 756137 ) on Wednesday September 29, 2010 @05:14AM (#33732168)

    Young Communist league USA, New Black Panther Party, the Democratic Socialists of America, the International Socialist Organization, the War Resisters League, the SEIU, the AFL-CIO, La Raza, and the American Muslim Association of North America,

            Just the kind of people I'd trust to ensure freedom and justice.

    Me too. Those are exactly who I'd expect to try to ensure freedom and justice.

    Or would you expect the Tea party and the Republicans to do it? Dream on.


    Republicans!?!? You gotta be joking. They're part of the problem. As are the Democrats.

    As far as the TEA Party, whose basic platform is;

    # Fiscal Responsibility

    # Constitutionally Limited Government

    # Free Markets

    Yeah, those are some dangerous ideas right there. You can barely distinguish them from the Taliban with those kind of radical principles.

    [rolls eyes]

    Not at all like the so-very-inclusive, non-violent, centrist, "You want freedom, you gonna haveta kill some crackers! You gonna have to kill they' babies!" New Black Panther Party. []

    Tell us, what color is the sky on *your* planet?


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