Blue Coat Web filtering technology 'used by Syria'

Blue Coat Web filtering technology 'used by Syria'

Summary: Syrian regime, which has been listed as a "trade embargoed country" by U.S., is reported to be using equipment from the security company to monitor Web activities, a French security organization revealed.

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The Syrian regime is using equipment from U.S. security company Blue Coat to filter Web communications in the country, according to French security project Reflets.info.

Filtering may include deep packet inspection, to allow the government to monitor Web communications, Reflets.info said in a blog post last week.

"Some tests were directly performed from Syria, which allowed us to highlight the use of filtering proxies, as well as the possible use of deep packet inspection tools by the Syrian government, by means of... technologies created by Blue Coat," Reflets.info said.

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