May 142013
 May 14, 2013  Business, Non-U.S., Surveillance

Moxie Marlinspike writes:

Last week I was contacted by an agent of Mobily, one of two telecoms operating in Saudi Arabia, about a surveillance project that they’re working on in that country. Having published two reasonably popular MITM tools, it’s not uncommon for me to get emails requesting that I help people with their interception projects. I typically don’t respond, but this one (an email titled “Solution for monitoring encrypted data on telecom”) caught my eye.

[…] they are organizing a program to intercept mobile application data, with specific interest in monitoring:

  • Mobile Twitter
  • Viber
  • Line
  • WhatsApp

I was told that the project is being managed by Yasser D. Alruhaily, Executive Manager of the Network & Information Security Department at Mobily. The project’s requirements come from “the regulator” (which I assume means the government of Saudi Arabia). The requirements are the ability to both monitor and block mobile data communication, and apparently they already have blocking setup.

Read more about what they’re working on on

Thanks to the reader who sent in this link.

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