Devices Found at Telecom Egypt’s Demarcation Points Redirect surreptitiously Egyptian surfers to advertisements and cryptocurrency extraction sites. published by Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto on Friday, March 9.
The Technology Research Lab report states that the system, called Adhose, works through mediation boxes, computer networking devices to manipulate Internet traffic. The report identifies two redirection modes used on Egyptian citizens: “spray mode” and “trickle mode”. “ Spray mode” means that a mediator “massively redirects Egyptian internet users to crypto-currency commercials or scripts.” Asks a website “and is apparently used” sparingly . “
” Trickle mode “means that only attempts to open certain URLs redirect users to these commercials or mining scripts, specifically CopticPope.org (which was formerly the Pope’s website of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria) and Babylon-X.com (formerly a porn site).
Coinhive, a Monero mining platform that positions itself at sites as an online advertising alternative, has also been listed in the link table for Adhose middleboxes to redirect Egyptian users.
Coinhive has already been linked to a big cryptojacking case at the end of January 2018, when hackers r a YouTube ad with a Coinhive script that secretly used the CPU power of users for mining . The US cable network Showtime also used Coinhive on two of its websites as an alternative to advertising in September of last year, but without informing its customers. After the underground use of the mining script was unveiled by Showtime, Coinhive announced that in the future it would ask users’ permission before using their computer to extract Monero. .
The Citizen Lab report showed that the same case for Internet censorship in Egypt, blocking the websites of Human Rights Watch and the agency Al Jazeera.
The report also notes that mediation boxes in Turkey and Syria redirect users attempting to download software to different versions of the same software.
A network fingerprint of a network injection media boxes, deep packet inspection devices, has been corrected with a PacketLogic device of the occasion manufactured by the company of Canadian network equipment Sandvine.
In the report, Sandvine denied that their products could be used in this manner, and pointed out to Citizen Lab their human rights protection standards that invite a review of sale when the customer is part of a country ranked low on the Global Governance Indicators.
Citizen Lab writes in his report that Sandvine’s backups have “ found short ,” and recommends that the company begin to “ regularly consult with civil society regarding its program of due diligence and business ethics . ”
While Egypt’s first Bitcoin exchange would open in August 2017, the Egyptian government took a hard line against cryptocurrence in the country. The top Egyptian dignitary called Bitcoin (BTC) “ illegal ” under Sharia law in January this year.
A year earlier in February 2017, a Sharia expert had told Cointelegraph that historically only recognized “ intrinsically valuable goods ” as silver “, Bitcoin probably lacks the mark . ” It is unclear how the mining script of Monero or Coinhive would fall under the Sharia law. ]