13 Feb 2011 Egypt, Spirula, and the Electronic War
Since Spirula Systems started, it wasn’t very clear to others what we have been doing. Now we can disclose a part of our activities that kept behind closed doors for a long period.
We always believed that everybody has the full right to speak his mind, we always have been against the attempts to stop people from being activists, to do their part in their society. Having the founder as a known online activist, or a pro-democracy activist as titled on his speaks on AlJazeera English channel. We had to do an active role in the change movement in Egypt, as we are all Egyptians and live in our beloved country.
Spirula Systems has been protecting opposition websites from the penetration attempts made by the former Egyptian regime (or may be their intelligences). We have stopped their DDoS attacks that were made to keep people shut, and their penetration attempts especially for the database of activists held by some websites. Now proudly after the Egyptian regime went down, we say that we had zero successful penetration attempts, even when the Internet was down in Egypt and we were clueless, our scripts for self healing has successfully kept everything intact.
We were protecting the National Association for Change, The National Campaign to Support Dr.ElBaradei and the Demands of Change, and others. Along with helping some bloggers and support for Egyptian and non-Egyptian newspapers that were under attack. All these were done free of charge, only for the sake of what we believe in.
During the Internet blackout in Egypt, we were desperately trying to do what we can, we tried to create an internal network between cities based on the current ISP providers’ DSL network, as they null routed all outgoing traffic. But when we succeeded in building a server and installed a forum on it so we can share the videos and news and people started to access it, our trial was detected and some of the DSLAM’s were configured to deny any traffic.
We declare once again, we are ready to help any entity anywhere in the world that is fighting for its freedom. Spirula believes in democracy, transparency, freedom of speech, and freedom in general. We don’t just manage your servers, we make sure that your voice is heard, and make sure it stays this way.
We congratulate Egypt, and before it Tunis, for the hard earned freedom. We wish for all societies to have its freedom, and for everyone to be just as the eagle in the picture above, standing tall and spreading his wings proudly.
Long live Freedom.