Blue Coat Products Enable Web Censorship in Syria
It's illegal for Blue Coat to sell its technology for this purpose, but there are lots of third-parties who are willing to act as middlemen:
"Blue Coat does not sell to Syria. We comply with US export laws and we do not allow our partners to sell to embargoed countries," [Blue Coat spokesman Steve] Schick told the Bureau. "In addition, we do not allow any of our resellers, regardless of their location in the world, to sell to an embargoed country, such as Syria."
However, Schick did not rule out the possibility that the equipment could have been bought via a third party re-seller, noting that Blue Coat equipment can be found on websites like eBay.
Bet you anything that the Syrian Blue Coat products are registered, and that they receive all the normal code and filter updates.
EDITED TO ADD (11/14): The Wall Street Journal confirms it:
The appliances do have Blue Coat service and support contracts. The company says it has now cut off contracts for the devices.
Posted on October 24, 2011 at 1:39 PM • 26 Comments