Spirula Systems a Hidden Solider in #Jan25 Revolution, Protector of Some of Egypt’s Opposition Websites

14 Feb, 2011

In every war there are the hidden soldiers, the hidden heros who fight in the dark and no one knows about them, the same implies for every revolution against oppression and tyranny.

Today, cyber war and social media are part of any war. in many cases the aggressor emerge as the looser.

To the surprise of many, our friend and Google’s Head of Marketing in MENA, Wael Ghonim was the man who administrated the popular anti torture facebook page “We are all Khaled Saed” Khaled Saed was a young man beaten to death by 2 police officers in Alexandria, Egypt. the page which had over than 200,000 members was pivotal in rallying people for the revolution which ended at toppling Hosni Mubarak regime.
Like Wael and Social Media there were the security front that were critical in keeping opposition websites live thus exposing the regime lies and crimes. Yesterday night Spirula Systems our security partner came to disclose its relationship with the revolution, Spirula has been protecting Egypt’s opposition websites from the penetration attempts made by the former Egyptian regime (or may be their intelligences). The sites areThe National Association for Change, and The National Campaign to Support Dr.ElBaradei and the Demands of Change. Spirula was also helping some bloggers and offering support to Egyptian and non-Egyptian newspapers that were under attack. All these were done free of charge, only for the sake of what Spirula believes in.

Spirula stopped DDoS attacks that were made to keep people shut, and stopped penetration attempts especially for the database of some websites, achieving zero successful penetration attempts. Being located in Alexandria, Egypt, The shut down of the Internet was not helpful to the regime in Egypt as the scripts used has successfully kept everything intact.

During the internet blackout in Egypt, Spirual systems 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.”

Great job Spirula Systems and congratulation to all Egyptians in ousting the dictator. entrepreneurship can not work under dictatorship and corrupt governments. We see a bright future coming ahead to Egypt and the region.

Discloser: Spirula Systems is ArabCrunch Security Partner.

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  1. Ahmed Mekkawy  |  February 14th, 2011 at 9:07 AM #

    Thanks for this article. Actually there have been lots of hidden soldiers that were working for the same target, Spirula was one of many.

    I highly appreciate this article, especially the military salute you put. This is much more than what we deserve.

  2. Hossam Hammady  |  February 14th, 2011 at 10:01 AM #

    Congratulations Mekkawy and thanks Gaith for such a great article.
    Proud to be Egyptian.

  3. RG  |  February 14th, 2011 at 11:27 AM #

    Great article Gaith, and great work Ahmed – world needs more people like you and the rest of the good folks at Spirula.

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