AmanaTech

Tools and knowledge to protect yourself online

Pegasus: NSO Group’s iPhone Remote Jailbreak

An extraordinary report co-authored by Bahrain Watch member Bill Marczak and his colleague at Citizen Lab, John Scott-Railton, has revealed a rare zero-day security vulnerability in the iPhone that can be exploited to remotely jailbreak an iPhone and install complex spyware, turning the phone into digital spy in your pocket.
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Cellebrite Forensics Technology

Cellebrite’s Universal Forensic Extraction Device (UFED) is designed to retrieve chat logs, texts, and other data from phones, in some cases bypassing PIN codes or passwords.
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Internet Shutdown in Bahrain

This post outlines evidence strongly suggesting Bahraini ISPs Batelco and Zain have been deliberately and covertly disabling fixed-line and mobile Internet services every night in Duraz, an area in which there are ongoing protests.
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Twitter Bots and Mass Propaganda

In this article Marc writes about his discovery of thousands of fake twitter accounts in the Persian Gulf and his investigation into the distorting effect they have on public debate, how he identified them and the potentially humongous scale of this operation in the region.
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iOmniescent Facial Recognition Software

With one facial recognition camera for every 650 residents in the country, each with the ability to scan 75 faces simultaneously, Bahrain Watch asks is this technology being used responsibly?
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Netsweeper Censorship Tools

The Government of Bahrain is increasing its ability to censor content online with the help of Canadian technology.
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Finfisher Spyware

Several lawyers and activists' computers were hacked by the Bahraini government with help from a UK company providing the FinFisher spyware.
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The IP Spy Files

The Bahraini Government used various technicques to de-anonymize online accounts and silence their targets with arrests.
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Tips on Mobile Encryption

How to encrypt your mobile device and why it's important
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Tips on staying anonymous and secure on Twitter

  • If you choose an alias, you should share it with anyone, and do not share private information about the activity of this account in general, so that you are not easily identified or associated with the account.
  • Disable the “location’ option and don’t give Twitter the authority to access you...
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Protecting Your Anonymous Account

  1. Don't reveal information that can be used to link your account to a person, or a different account.
  2. Do ensure that the other accounts linked to your anonymous account (Twitter, Facebook, e-mail) use the same anonymous identity.
  3. Don't open unsolicited or suspicious links or attachments.
  4. Do docu...
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Tips on using Instant Messaging Apps

Tips on staying secure when using instant messaging applications.
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Wordpress: Unauthenticated Privilege Escalation Vulnerability

Popular blogging platform Wordpress has disclosed a security vulnerability in site versions 4.7 and 4.7.1 released in the end of 2016. The exploit has been used to reportedly hack over 1.5 million Wordpress sites.

Gulf human rights activists, journalists and bloggers often use Wordpress as a platf...

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Urgent Security Alert for Bahraini Activists

We have identified a very recent targeted digital attack on members of Al-Wefaq political society living outside of Bahrain. So far four cases have been identified.
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iOS Bug Paves The Way for Hackers

An extraordinary report co-authored by Bahrain Watch member Bill Marczak and his colleague at Citizen Lab, John Scott-Railton, has revealed a rare zero-day security vulnerability in the iPhone that can be exploited to remotely jailbreak an iPhone and install complex spyware, turning the phone into digital spy in your pocket.
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250 Days of Internet Shutdown

Telecom companies in Bahrain have been deliberately disrupting internet services in the village of Duraz between 7:00pm-1:00am everyday for 250 days. The current sustained levels of internet disruption in the village continous for over 8 months is unprecedented anywhere in the world.
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#RightsCon: At what cost? Telecoms and internet companies discuss internet shutdowns.

Bahrain Watch will be taking part in the #KeepItOn summit at #RightsCon in Brussels.

Thursday, March 30
Time: 9:00-10:15a | Location: Klimt

Technology and telecommunications companies sit at the very center of the internet shutdown crisis as governments order them to shut off the internet on...

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#RightsCon 2017: How to Fight Criminalisation of Online Activism

Join Bahrain Watch member Ali Abdulemam at #RightsCon 2017 for"Human Rights’ Next Frontier: How to Fight Criminalisation of Online Activism Digital Freedom of Expression in Bahrain and EU Responsibilities". The session is organised by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and European Centre for Dem...

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#LushSummit: Tracking Surveillance Power and Internet Control in the Middle East

With the support of Lush, Bahrain Watch hosted a panel discussion at the 2017 Lush Summit to discuss surveillance and internet control in the Middle East.
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