One wonders how Dubai World (a Dubai Government owned company) ever managed to find out enough information to feel confident about investing in Las Vegas. Most of the time a message will appear when a website is blocked, that makes it clear the UAE authorities have blocked the site.Then again, had they been able to search more freely on the internet in the UAE, perhaps they wouldn't have lost quite so much money on their ... Occasionally though, either a blank page, or Network Error type message will appear, leaving viewers confused as to whether a site has been blocked, or there really is a problem with the website.Note that if your device supports Wi-Fi, it is most likely affected.During our initial research, we discovered ourselves that Android, Linux, Apple, Windows, Open BSD, Media Tek, Linksys, and others, are all affected by some variant of the attacks.The TRA has said in 20 that these areas will have to come under the UAE censorship policy though.For the most part, internet censorship is not overly draconian in the UAE.For more information about specific products, consult the database of CERT/CC, or contact your vendor.The research behind the attack will be presented at the Computer and Communications Security (CCS) conference, and at the Black Hat Europe conference.
Additionally, depending on the device being used and the network setup, it is also possible to decrypt data sent towards the victim (e.g. Although websites or apps may use HTTPS as an additional layer of protection, we warn that this extra protection can (still) be bypassed in a worrying number of situations.
The TRA (Telecom Regulatory Authority) decides what internet censorship policy is in the UAE, not the telecom companies Etisalat and Du, although many residents will feel that Etisalat in particular is the decider of what is and is not allowed.
This perception is possibly because there are some areas in the Du Telecom network that have no, or less, censorship of the internet, for example Dubai Media Zone and the TECOM area.
The filtering policy concentrates more on pornography, dating, gambling, and other culturally or religiously offensive internet content.
For many families, the blocking of porn might be seen as a plus when considering a move to Dubai.