[ISN] Tunisian hackers decrypt dictator’s old Internet censorship machines

http://observers.france24.com/content/20130624-tunisia-internet-censorship-hackers-servers By Moez Chakchouk France 24 24/06/2013 The Tunisian Internet Agency has just opened access to the basement of a villa in Tunis where government employees censored the Internet under former dictator Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali’s regime. The infamous servers used to monitor Internet usage are still there — but now, in a role reversal, Tunisian hackers have taken them over and are trying to discover their secrets. The agency opened up its doors to hackers on June 15. They will now be able to use the venue as a lab to organise workshops and develop projects on Internet governance for Tunisia. The venue has been renamed 404 Lab, a reference to Ammar 404, the expression used by Tunisians under the Ben Ali regime to refer to Internet censorship. Since the lab opened, a team of young programmers has been meeting there every day in order to crack the machines, which have not been used since Ben Ali’s fall. The 404 Lab was launched the day before the agency’s third conference on Internet freedom, which took place last week and largely focused on online transparency and protection of personal data. […] _______________________________________________ ISN mailing list ISN@lists.infosecnews.org http://lists.infosecnews.org/mailman/listinfo/isn_lists.infosecnews.org