So Far, Iranian Censors Not Blocking Online Game Traffic

While the Iranian government has cracked down on communications by restricting Internet traffic during the ongoing post-election unrest, an analysis performed by Craig Labovitz of  Security to the Core suggests that authorities aren’t paying attention to the flow of online game data:

While the rapidly evolving Iranian firewall has blocked web, video and most forms of interactive communication, not all Internet applications appear impacted. Interestingly, game protocols like xbox and World of Warcraft show little evidence of government manipulation.

Perhaps games provide a possible source of covert channels (e.g. “Bring your elves to the castle on the island of Azeroth and we’ll plan the next Ahmadinejad protest rally?”)

Meanwhile, Xbox 360 gamer Mike Murikami, blogging for The Examiner, notes:

With the Xbox 360 offering video chat among the features of being an Xbox Gold subscriber, this could easily be an upcoming popular way for loved ones and news outlets to deliver messages to and from the country.

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    Valentia X says:

    I’ve read reports that WoW games in Iran have plummetted, owing to the fact that the internet connection is horrid.


    As for the XBOX Live aspect, this was reported yesterday and by tomorrow it’ll probably be cut-off. * facepalm * I wish the person who had first mentioned it had not said a word.



    —- hc svnt dracones

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    Wormdundee says:

    Man, the situation there is getting worse all the time. Recently on the news they had some people who had been involved in protests ‘confessing’ their crimes. They made statements of how they had burned cars and looted stores and so on. Oh, and they made very clear that they weren’t being coerced into saying these things 😛

    For god’s sake, one of them was forced to say that they were influenced to riot by the ‘western propaganda’ news source, the BBC. Shitty situation all around.

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    vaminion says:

    Ahmadineinhell’ll have this blocked in the next few hours.  It’s a damn shame that every time a way to communicate is found, some numbnuts feels the need to blast it all over the media.

    Not you, Dennis.  Whoever reported it first.


     -P, just realizing he’s using a spartan quote to mock a persian.

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    Zerodash says:

    Well, the Iranian president is busy at work blaming the West for fabricating the unrest there- typical tactics for those types of leaders. I expect for internet gaming to be shut down soon due to the fact that WOW and XBL are products of “The Great Satan”.

    Today he started mouthing off over Obama, which may end the love-affair the American Left has had with this guy. So much for extending the olive branch :(

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