Install telecomms snooping kit in Iran == BAD?
Install telecomms snooping kit in UK == GOOD?
Nokia Siemens Networks has denied it provided Iran with any special snooping equipment or capabilities when it helped install mobile networks in the country. But the company concedes it did provide lawful intercept capabilities - as it does in the UK, US and most of the rest of the world. In fact this "Lawful Intercept" is …
Right wing Americans criticising companies for providing telecoms equipment capable of monitoring calls seems a bit, well, how to put this... Empty? Hypocritical? Pathetic? Two faced?
Especially when the companies and countries involved are all nothing to do with the US (except for being the current focus of that all too essential political destabilisation and hatred).
It's the nature of the beast I'm afraid. All switches come with a facility to monitor calls. The billing records produced by all switches can be taken by any government agency and mined for potentially useful information. Any short message service centre can be configured to keep a log of messages and their content. As for IP based routing equipment, well logs (ostensibly switched on for diagnostic purposes) can certainly capture places visited, conversations initiated and so on. The actual content is a bit harder with IP due to volume.
The yanks are just jealous that their government has prevented them getting such lucrative government contracts due to a trade embargo against Iran.
That doesn't mean Cisco et al. are any better than Nokia/Siemens, it just means they couldn't bid.
So of course what better for an American paper to do than use it to attack foreign companies out of sheer jealousy?
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