There is a strong reason to believe now that the traffic for our gateways is being managed by Netsweeper.
The research revolves around one of the key gateways that handles network traffic for Karachi, namely the following server:
From within Pakistan, any attempt to access this server results in an access block.
However, when accessing this very same server from _outside_ of Pakistan such as the US, results in the following screen being rendered in browser (with a self signed certificate). Click on image below:
If noted in the annotation, there is a clear graphic at the bottom indicating “Powered by Netsweeper”
If nothing else, this is clear evidence of Netsweeper’s software being installed on critical national network infrastructure. We anticipate that system administrators at PIE (Pakistan Internet Exchange) will be quick to block access to HTTPS on the gateway in question from the outside as well once access to it is publicized.
Imran Moinuddin is the Founder & CEO of NexDegree
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