NGO urges U.S. company to halt servers aiding Syrian regime

Blue Coat Systems, a California-based company, has 34 servers operating in Syria. The servers are using Deep Packet Inspection technology to analyze and control the activities of Syrian Internet users. (File photo: Reuters)

Reporters Without Borders on Thursday repeated its call for Blue Coat Systems, a California-based company described by the NGO as an “Enemy of the Internet,” to halt operations of its 34 servers in Syria.

“The servers are using DPI (Deep Packet Inspection) technology to analyze and control the activities of Syrian Internet users – censuring websites, intercepting emails, obtaining details of sites visited and so on,” Reporters Without Borders said.

“As the Assad regime recovers territory in the civil war, the installation of Blue Coat servers in what is already the world’s third largest prison for news providers represents an additional threat to news and information, netizens, journalists and their sources.”

In March, the internet-security provider said it “fully respects and supports human rights,” and is conducting a “comprehensive review” of its “business, policies and procedures” to limit misuse of its products.

“If the company again claims, as it did on 12 March, that it does not sell servers to Syria, it must explain their presence in Syria to the Syrian people and to the international community,” Reporters Without Borders said.

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