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Anas Qtiesh

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Latest posts by Anas Qtiesh

18 September 2011

Syrian Government Blocks WordPress

Syrian Twitter users are reporting that the popular blogging platform WordPress is blocked on ISPs in the country. This move comes amidst a wave of anti-regime protests that's taking the country by storm despite being faced by a brutal governmental crackdown.

5 May 2011

Did Syria replace Facebook's security certificate with a forged one?

Ana Souri [I'm Syrian in Arabic] tumblr user is claiming that Syrian Telecom Ministry has replaced Facebook's security certificate with a forged one that makes it easy to spy on users, record their passwords, and view their private content.

18 April 2011

Spam Bots Flooding Twitter to Drown Info About #Syria Protests [Updated]

After recent protests demanding freedom and democracy in Syria and the regime's brutal crackdown started, information warfare has been taking place on twitter. This post attempts to analyze the proliferation of twitter spams bots especially designed to flood the #Syria hash tag on twitter in order to make information about the events harder to find, and stop the conversation about them.

25 March 2011

Microsoft Compromises Users’ Privacy: No HTTPS in Arab Countries, Iran

With the ongoing protestes and violent crackdown from governments in the Middle East, compromising online security could have dire repercussions on the wellbeing of internet users in the region. Email security is...

23 March 2011

Syria: A Blogger Arrested, a Journalist Missing

Amidst a crackdown on protests in Daraa, Syria, a journalist is reported missing, while a blogger has reportedly been arrested, not long after being released for a previous arrest.

20 February 2011

Syrian Blogger Ahmad Abu al-Khair Arrested This Morning

Close friends of Syrian blogger Ahmad Abu al-Khair reported that he was arrested this morning at 5:00 am local time on his way back to Damascus from the coastal city of Banias. Security forces allegedly have also confiscated his personal computers. His whereabouts are currently unknown.

12 April 2010

Bahrain Bans BlackBerry Chat Groups

Bahrain recently banned the use of BlackBerry chat groups citing concerns over the “chaos and confusion” that would result from sharing and distributing local news through these groups, according to...