A new report entitled “Enemies of the Internet" singled out Syria, China, Iran, Bahrain and Vietnam as countries that flagrantly spy online. (Reuters)
AFP, Paris -
Syria, China, Iran, Bahrain and Vietnam are flagrantly spying online, media watchdog RSF said Tuesday, urging controls on the export of Internet surveillance tools to regimes clamping down on dissent.
A new report entitled “Enemies of the Internet” also singled out five companies - Gamma, Trovicor, Hacking Team, Amesys and Blue Coat - that it branded “digital era mercenaries,” who were helping oppressive governments.
Syria’s estimated five million Internet users are subject to rampant state spying, Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF, Journalists without Borders) said in the report, which coincides with the World Day Against Cyber-Censorship.
Noting that 22 journalists and 18 Internet users had been jailed, it said the network was controlled by two entities including the Syrian Computer Society (SCG) founded by President Bashar al-Assad..........
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