A Reuters investigation has uncovered new evidence of how willing some foreign companies were to assist Iran’s state security network, and the regime’s keenness to access as much information as possible.
Documents seen by Reuters show that a partner of China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd offered to sell a Huawei-developed “Lawful Interception Solution” to MobinNet, Iran’s first nationwide wireless broadband provider, just as MobinNet was preparing to launch in 2010.
The system’s capabilities included “supporting the special requirements from security agencies to monitor in real time the communication traffic between subscribers,” according to a proposal by Huawei’s Chinese partner seen by Reuters.
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Day Two of Cat Week here on the Reuters Tumblr. Here’s your cat fact and cat photo of the day.
Cat fact: Cats once busted an espionage event at the Holland embassy in Moscow, Russia. Two Siamese cats, much to the annoyance of their owners, kept clawing at the walls of the building and meowing. The cat owners investigated and found microphones inside the walls hidden by Russian spies. The cats apparently heard the microphones when they were activated. [source]
Photo: Street musician James Bowen busks with cat Bob in Covent Garden in London March 13, 2012. Bowen has written a book named “A Street Cat Named Bob” about the experiences of the then homeless pair and how they met. [REUTERS/Luke MacGregor]