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Syrians demonstrate against the regime after Friday prayers in the north Syrian city of Idlib on February 17. Activists working against the regime now have to worry about malware that can expose their activities.

Discussion:  In Syria, regime supporters have released computer viruses that are designed to rob information from targeted users and send it to a government-owned server.  The information collected, such as user names, locations, and contact info, is then used by the regime to help fight protestors and activists in the country.  This information is collected without the users permission or knowledge.

Source:  CNN News

Date:  February 17, 2012

Link:  http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/17/tech/web/computer-virus-syria/index.html 

Discussion Questions:

  • How is computer spyware used as a weapon?
  • Does the Syrian Regime have a right to protect itself by using spyware that harvests information from users?

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