By using the “AdHose” scheme, the Egyptian authorities gain access to computers of their citizens, which may redirect user traffic to the display of paid advertising. The operation of the “AdHose” scheme is supported by the equipment installed in the Telecom Egypt network. Penetration into traffic was found in a study conducted by researchers at the University of Toronto. Scientists noted two scenarios of its likely use.
As it is known, in January a similar problem was observed on at least 5,700 devices. The redirection of traffic to the ad network occurred when users accessed sites whose content was related to pornographic products or religion. The second option for using traffic is to mine Monero. Several scandals related to the infection of sites with a script that uses the power of users’ computers without their knowledge are already connected with the mining of this cryptocurrency.
The researchers noted that the equipment used in this case is aimed at censoring and blocking unwanted sites, in particular, belonging to terrorist organizations. Similar methods are common in Syria and Turkey, where authorities use them to monitor their citizens.