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Apple, Google and Mozilla block Kazakhstan’s browser spying tactics
"Apple, Google and Mozilla have taken the rare step of blocking an untrusted certificate issued by the Kazakhstan government, which critics say it forced its citizens to install as part of an effort to monitor their internet traffic. The browser makers said in a joint statement Wednesday it deployed 'technical solutions' to block the government-issued certificate. Citizens had been told to install the government-issued certificate on their computers and devices as part of a domestic surveillance program. In doing so it gave the government 'root' access to the network traffic on those devices, allowing the government to intercept and snoop on citizens’ internet browsing activities. Researchers found that only a few [] sites were being monitored, like Facebook, Twitter and Google." - Zack Whittaker, TechCrunch

+ Read Google and Mozilla's joint statement here: Mozilla takes action to protect users in Kazakhstan
otf  Kazakhstan  censorship  surveillance  awareness  centralasia  google  mozilla 
7 weeks ago by dmcdev
Google and Mozilla finally blocked the ’s government-issued root CA certificate in Chrome and w…
Kazakhstan  Firefox  from twitter_favs
8 weeks ago by michaelkozak
Kazakhstan halts introduction of internet surveillance system
"Kazakhstan has halted the implementation of an internet surveillance system criticized by lawyers as illegal, with the government describing its initial rollout as a test. Mobile phone operators in the oil-rich Central Asian nation’s capital, Nur-Sultan, had asked customers to install an encryption certificate on their devices or risk losing internet access...Several Kazakh lawyers said this week they had sued the country’s three mobile operators, arguing that restricting internet access to those who refused to install the certificate would be illegal. But late on Tuesday, Kazakhstan’s State Security Committee said in a statement that the certificate rollout was simply a test which has now been completed. Users can remove the certificate and use internet as usual, it said." - Reuters
otf  Kazakhstan  https  security  centralasia  surveillance  privacy 
10 weeks ago by dmcdev
Outstanding work by this research team digging into exactly how the is breaking /…
TLS  MitM  Kazakhstan  from twitter_favs
12 weeks ago by avifreedman
Kazakhstan government is now intercepting all HTTPS traffic
"Starting Wednesday, July 17, 2019, the Kazakhstan government has started intercepting all HTTPS internet traffic inside its borders. Local internet service providers (ISPs) have been instructed by the local government to force their respective users into installing a government-issued certificate on all devices, and in every browser. The certificate, once installed, will allow local government agencies to decrypt users' HTTPS traffic, look at its content, encrypt it again with their certificate, and send it to its destination...In a statement posted on its website, the Kazakh Ministry of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace said only internet users in Kazakhstan's capital of Nur-Sultan will have to install the certificate; however, users from all across the country reported being blocked from accessing the internet until they installed the government's certificate. Some users also received SMS messages on their smartphones about having to install the certificates, according to local media." - Catalin Cimpanu, ZDNet

+ In a statement, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said that the " security measure looks much more like an attempt to increase the government's censorship and surveillance capabilities": Kazakhstan government-backed security certificate raises censorship, surveillance concerns
otf  Kazakhstan  centralasia  security  mitm  https  encryption  surveillance 
12 weeks ago by dmcdev

All suffered disruptions…
Sudan  Venezuela  Algeria  Kazakhstan  internet  Liberia  Ethiopia  from twitter_favs
june 2019 by dmcdev
Recently, 2018 fellows of Zhanara Izimova and
spoke to local students in Almaty, sharing thei…
Kazakhstan  from twitter_favs
june 2019 by tolkien
Heavy Internet censorship in Kazakhstan - @RSF_en
"Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the massive Internet censorship that accompanied today’s opposition protests in Kazakhstan and calls on interim President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to abandon the repressive practices of his predecessor, Nursultan Nazarbayev. Many news websites were inaccessible at dawn, including those of Radio Azattyk, the news agency Ferghana and the newspaper Uralskaya Nedelia, as well as the,,, and news sites. Access to Facebook, Telegram, YouTube and Instagram was disconnected at midday. In some places, mobile phone users reported problems connecting to the Internet. As in the past, the censorship was prompted by peaceful demonstrations throughout the country. This time, the protests were called by Mukhtar Ablyazov, a Kazakh oligarch and government opponent now living in exile."
otf  rsf  Kazakhstan  CentralAsia  censorship  protest  access  social  facebook  telegram  youtube  instagram 
may 2019 by dmcdev

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