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Engineers Hijack Libyan Phone Network For Rebels 76

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the i-see-what-you-did-there dept.
An anonymous reader writes "A team led by a Libyan-American telecom executive has helped rebels hijack Col. Moammar Gadhafi's cellphone network and re-establish their own communications. The new network, first plotted on an airplane napkin and assembled with the help of oil-rich Arab nations, is giving more than two million Libyans their first connections to each other and the outside world after Col. Gadhafi cut off their telephone and Internet service about a month ago."
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Engineers Hijack Libyan Phone Network For Rebels

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  • by Zeek40 (1017978) on Wednesday April 13, 2011 @10:42AM (#35807798)
    They had to physically wrest control of the entire countryside surrounding the towers from a violent dictator and had to negotiate with foreign telcom providers to accomplish the takeover. I wouldn't say that infrastructure that requires both violent revolution and high tech support from outside the country is especially "brittle" or "easily compromised".
  • by DrgnDancer (137700) on Wednesday April 13, 2011 @11:06AM (#35808122) Homepage

    To be fair, Huntsville has arguably the single largest concentration of engineering and technology talent between Atlanta and Houston (Alternately it could be argued that nearby Knoxville does, with ORNL right there). I should know, I live here. Among other things, the US rocketry program was born here (Werner Von Braun immigrated here, and is considered more or less the father of the modern city), NASA and MDA both have huge presences here, and we have the headquarters for much of the Army's weapons R&D. There's not many places like this in the South.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 13, 2011 @11:11AM (#35808194)

    I'm fairly sure you need physical access to the infrastructure at some point in order to do this - if only to change the router's admin credential so you can't be "hacked back". In a country with an on-going revolution this is much easier to do that in a stable country where the security guards of the data center are certainly not going to let you in.

    Obviously neither of the 2 parents read the article, where it explains in detail all the high-tech hardware they needed to import in order to do this, with the help of sympathetic nations like Qatar because telecom companies won't sell this stuff to individuals. It was NOT easy, and yes, obviously physically access was needed.

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