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Backdoored versions of a widely used privacy tool have surfaced in Iran, raising fears that its government is using the Trojanised software to spy on its citizens. A free encrypted proxy tool called Simurgh – official website https://simurghesabz.net – is used by many Iranians to circumvent locally applied net censorship …

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Warez has a 'Z'

available on wares sites. sounds like step toe and son.

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we may scoff

at the blocking of VPN ports and https but with the grand government net granny filter apparently on it's way, as well as blocks of TPB, how long till it will be deemed necessary here.

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Re: we may scoff

What's sad is that we have jumped off the same cliff [falling slower mind] and the only difference is we are not doing it for moronic religious reasons but simply because the government can.

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I'm not scoffing.

At least, not over an unencrypted traceable internet connection anyway.

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Anonymous Coward

Why do it like this?

Why would Iran send the data to US servers, controlled by a Saudi company? In other words, why would Iran involve two sworn enemies in spying on its own people?

I have no doubt that Iran is an oppressive regime capable of spying on its own citizenry (like most governments), but this seems like an odd way to go about it.

You don't have to be too cynical to imagine that actually the USA might be behind this? Perhaps looking for risk-taking dissidents that it can utilize for its own purposes? That sounds more plausible to me...

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Re: Why do it like this?

That's far more plausible. Good thinking.

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Tor

There is a good talk on youtube about Iran and TOR, DNS poisoning and trojan binaries. Also the ways Iran played with TOR not in a brute force way but by much more subtle methods such as throttling it down to single digit Kbps , trying to get people to break out of secure methods in fustration. Which I've done faced with a website that sells the one item I want, yet blocking cookies, scripts, ads, referer [sic] make it fail.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwMr8Xl7JMQ&t=63m0s 63 minutes in.

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