08/17/2014

the #NSA took Syria off the internet by accident and what it means for Belgacomhack

first you read this

"In his Wired interview, Snowden alleged that the NSA attempted to infiltrate the Syrian internet via a core router at the state internet provider. “But something went wrong, and the router was bricked instead—rendered totally inoperable,” Wired wrote. “The failure of this router caused Syria to suddenly lose all connection to the internet – although the public didn’t know that the US government was responsible.”

Snowden told Wired that it resulted in an “oh shit” moment at the Tailored Access Operations center, where NSA operatives feared the Syrian government would discover what they had done. “But because the router was bricked, they were powerless to fix the problem,” Wired wrote. Snowden told the Wired interviewer that NSA officials joked that should they be discovered, they would blame the outage on Israel.

At the time, the government of dictator Bashar al-Assad, blamed the outage on “terrorists”, while opposition groups fighting Assad suspected his government itself was responsible
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/13/snowden-nsa-...

than we go back to the facts

* The same service of the NSA was involved

* they targeted also the main Telecom provider

* they also overtook routers

we were only lucky that the NSA didn't Fuck up with our routers

what does it proof

that there is nothing as critical as the general routers of our telecom companies and the security and monitoring and auditing of those should be one of the highest priorities of the government

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