Syria

Country Profile: Syria
Background In Syria, the media is primarily owned and controlled by the government and the ruling Baath party. Criticism of the president and his family is not allowed, journalists practice self-censorship, and foreign reporters rarely get accreditation.“Country Profile: Syria,” BBC News, March 10,...
ONI Blog: Multiple cyberattacks on Syrian activists linked to same party
In the ongoing Syrian uprising, regime supporters have targeted opposition activists with increasingly sophisticated malware for remote surveillance and data exfiltration. Since February 2012, when CNN first reported on the cyberespionage campaign being waged against the opposition, surveillance software has been...
ONI Blog: Syria ramps up cyber mining to target activists
While web surveillance is far from a new issue in Syria, it appears that under the current state of insecurity the Assad government is raising surveillance to the next level, militarizing the web and using the internet as a tool to target...
ONI Blog: CPJ Ranks Ten Most Censored Countries
In preparation for World Press Freedom Day, the Committee to Protect Journalists published its findings on the most censored countries in the world. The top three countries with the most press restrictions and least access to media information were revealed to...
ONI Blog: Behind Blue Coat: Investigations of commercial filtering in Syria and Burma
There is growing concern about the use of commercial filtering and surveillance technology in countries that regularly restrict Internet content and violate human rights. Considerable attention has been focused in recent weeks on Syria, particularly following the Syrian regime’s violent crackdown against...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: November 4, 2011
Every week, the OpenNet Initiative provides a weekly news roundup (dubbed "Threats to the Open Net") in addition to our usual in-depth blog posts. If you would like to subscribe to the RSS feed for our newsreel, our entire blog,...
ONI Blog: New Data Added to ONI’s Global Timeline of YouTube Censorship
The OpenNet Initiative is excited to announce the addition of a full year of new data to its YouTube social media filtering timeline. "YouTube Censored: a Recent History" allows users to access a detailed visual account of when and where YouTube...
ONI Blog: New Report on the Syrian Electronic Army
The OpenNet Initiative is pleased to share a report authored by the Information Warfare Monitor, a sister organization of ONI, on the recent activities of the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), a group of pro-government computer hackers that openly attack Syrian...
Page: Syrian Electronic Army: Disruptive Attacks and Hyped Targets
Crossposted from the InfoWar Monitor. Introduction In The Emergence of Open and Organized Pro-Government Cyber Attacks in the Middle East: The Case of the Syrian Electronic Army, the Information Warfare Monitor’s Helmi Noman started documenting the activities of the Syrian...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: June 3, 2011
Every week, the OpenNet Initiative provides a weekly news roundup (dubbed "Threats to the Open Net") in addition to our usual in-depth blog posts. If you would like to subscribe to the RSS feed for our newsreel, our entire blog,...