Author Archive | Grant Baker

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A Snapshot of Digital Rights Coverage in the MENA Region

Introduction One day in early 2015, Habib Battah, an investigative journalist who operates the website Beirut Report, noticed new construction works in the city’s Hamra district. Hoping that this was the physical manifestation of much-touted plans to upgrade the notoriously slow internet in Lebanon, he observed thin blue pipe being laid into newly dug trenches, […]

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09:  In this photo illustration, the logo for the Twitter social media network is projected onto a man on August 09, 2017 in London, England. With around 328 million users worldwide, Twitter has gone from a small start-up in for the public 2006 to a broadcast tool of politicians and corporations in 2017.  (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Twitter Yields to Demand from Israeli Government and Blocks 35 Accounts

On Tuesday, Twitter gave into a demand from the Israeli Cybercrime Department, blocking and restricting 35 user accounts linked to Hamas and Hezbollah. The decision came just two weeks after Israel’s public security minister Gilad Erdan threatened legal action against the company. Twitter blocked 2 accounts, suspended 7 accounts and restricted 26 accounts inside Palestine […]

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ZooPark: New Spyware Campaign Targets Android Users in the MENA

A targeted, albeit relatively unsophisticated, cyberespionage campaign with servers based in Iran has targeted the Android mobile devices of users in Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, and Iran, according to a recent report from the Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab. Following the publication of the report, an independent hacker dumped some of the data from the campaign on […]

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