Flashnotes

ISIS Bans the Internet in al-Boukamal, Deir Ezzor

Written by: Zainah Alsamman ISIS has imposed a citywide internet blockade in the city of al-Boukamal in the Syrian governorate of Deir Ezzor. The internet ban extends to all communal halls, offices, shops, banks, petrol stations and homes.[1] “We are not allowed to use the internet...

Facebook Prison: Testimonies from Syria

***The original version of this account was published in Arabic on Rising for Freedom's website on October 4, 2015.*** Ahmad witnessed many horrors during his year in a Syrian regime prison.  Some of the worst were people being tortured for their Facebook and other online passwords....

ISIS Steps Up Information Control in Raqqa and Deir Ezzor

On 18 July 2015, Islamic State (ISIS) authorities issued strict limitations on the use of satellite internet in Raqqa, Syria. It signals yet another move in ISIS’ efforts to control its information space. Download Full Report > SalamaTech has tracked the digital war in Syria since 2012, including attempts by all parties to...

Syria’s Hacker Wars

Internet hacking groups are a significant and growing feature of the war in Syria. A new development is the open association of some hacking groups with on-the-ground militant groups from both sides. The evolution of Syria’s hacking wars is something to watch –- inside Syria...

Syria’s National Defence Forces Take the Battle to Cyberspace

A new player has emerged in Syria’s cyber war, the Electronic National Defence Forces (ENDF). The group claims to be the electronic wing of the regime’s recently created paramilitary group, the National Defence Forces. While the group has been active for only one month, it...

Find, fix and finish: Syrian activist targeted for online activities

After more than 900 days of war, the Syrian regime continues to closely monitor the online activity of its citizens who often pay with their lives for poor digital security practices. Find, fix and finish: Syrian activist targeted for online activities (6 September 2013)...

The internet in Syria: down, but not out

On 7 May 2013, Syria disconnected from the global internet for the third time since the beginning of the conflict. On 8 May, internet connectivity was restored. While analysts continue to speculate as to the cause of the disconnect, uncertainty remains. The internet in Syria: down,...

Syrian regime tightens access to secure online communications

The Syrian regime continues to block popular internet-based secure communication tools. In the past three months, the regime’s likely use of deep packet inspection (DPI)1 has required more sophisticated digital security methods to avoid online detection and blocking. Syrian regime tightens access to secure online communications...

Syria’s emerging war economy

New reports of Syrian military officers selling shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles to opposition groups suggest the regime may be losing some control over its soldiers and weaponry. The emergence of weapon sales between warring factions is a dangerous development in the conflict. It raises fears of...