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AdaptiveMobile

Industry: 
Software
Country: 
Ireland
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"AdaptiveMobile Security Ltd. ended its contracts with an Iranian phone company following the disclosure that the closely held firm supplied and serviced technology for monitoring and storing text messages. AdaptiveMobile, based in Dublin, stopped doing business with MTN Irancell, Iran's second-largest mobile provider, as of May 24, according to United Against Nuclear Iran, a New York- based advocacy organization that pressures companies to cut business ties to Iran. The group cited an e-mail from AdaptiveMobile. Iranian authorities use surveillance technologies to round up and interrogate political activists, according to accounts provided by victims and human rights groups. AdaptiveMobile sold technology for monitoring and storing text messages to Irancell in 2008, Bloomberg News reported last October. The company was still servicing the commercial gear. Police have access to the system, two former MTN Irancell managers said. 'We applaud AdaptiveMobile for ending its business in Iran,' said Kristen Silverberg, president of United Against Nuclear Iran, in a statement. 'AdaptiveMobile has made the responsible decision, and we encourage other telecommunications companies to follow suit.'" (Bloomberg, "AdaptiveMobile Drops Iran Contracts On Gear For Text Monitoring," 6/7/12)

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"Stockholm-based Ericsson AB, Creativity Software Ltd. of the U.K. and Dublin-based AdaptiveMobile Security Ltd. marketed or provided gear over the past two years that Iran's law enforcement or state security agencies would have access to, according to more than 100 documents and interviews with more than two dozen technicians and managers who worked on the systems... AdaptiveMobile, backed by the investment arm of Intel Corp. (INTC), proposed a system in partnership with Ericsson for Iran’s largest mobile provider in 2010 that would filter, block and store cell phone text messages, according to two people familiar with the discussions. An Ericsson spokesman confirmed the proposal... AdaptiveMobile says its technologies are for fighting spam, viruses and 'inappropriate content,' not designed or sold for law enforcement. It says it plans to cease doing business in Iran when its contract is up in late 2012, because continuing in Iran’s current political climate could damage its reputation... Ericsson, which bid on the system, was told by MCI, the country’s largest wireless operator, to partner with AdaptiveMobile for monitoring and filtering technology, according to Ericsson spokesman Fredrik Hallstan. Ericsson didn’t win the contract, he says... The 3.9 million-euro ($5.5 million) system AdaptiveMobile proposed could handle more than 10,000 messages per second and archive them for a period of 180 days, according to a company proposal. The archive would contain 54 terabytes of storage, according to the document. That’s big enough for all the data gathered by the Hubble Space Telescope over 20 years... In 2008, AdaptiveMobile sold Irancell technology to filter, block and store text messages. Text message monitoring was required by security forces, who use the technology for their own purposes, according to two former Irancell managers... An Adaptive document detailed the system requirements. It would analyze all messages in English, Persian or Arabic for keywords or phrases; store them; and flag those caught by filters for review... Two former Adaptive employees say there were discussions within the company about law enforcement requests as the project came together... While Adaptive’s executives confirm the Irancell deal and an upgrade to the system to handle more messages, they say it was intended only for commercial purposes. They deny any involvement with Iran security or police... 'We are sure our product is not being used in this way,' says AdaptiveMobile CEO Brian Collins... Asked if AdaptiveMobile’s systems could scour for political content on activists, Chief Operating Officer Gareth Maclachlan said, 'Technically, yes, it is possible.' He says he doubted they would be practical for that purpose... As recently as 2010, AdaptiveMobile attempted to sell a similar product to MCI, the one on which it partnered with Ericsson. Collins and Maclachlan say they were not familiar with details of the proposal... Intel Capital, the investment arm of the world’s largest chipmaker, has invested 6 million euros in AdaptiveMobile, which was founded in 2003. Kristof Sehmke, an Intel Capital spokesman, said in a statement that his company strives to comply with all legal requirements... According to data compiled by Bloomberg, Ericsson signed at least 27 contracts worth $5.25 million with the U.S. government from the start of 2009 to the end of 2010. The data showed no U.S. government business with AdaptiveMobile or Creativity Software." (Bloomberg, "Iranian Police Seizing Dissidents Get Aid of Western Companies" 10/30/2011)