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|14 December, 2016

Finance Ministry widens illegal internet crackdown

Ongoing investigations have been trying to uncover the methods used to import and install the illegal networks

An engineer works in the Terranet network co-location room at TerraNet heaquarters, an Internet Service Provider (ISP), in Beirut October 5, 2011.

An engineer works in the Terranet network co-location room at TerraNet heaquarters, an Internet Service Provider (ISP), in Beirut October 5, 2011.

REUTERS/Jamal Saidi
14 December 2016

BEIRUT: Caretaker Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil authorized Military Prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr to pursue and prosecute Lebanese Customs employees involved in unlicensed internet operations, a statement released by the ministry announced Tuesday.

Ongoing investigations have been trying to uncover the methods used to import and install the illegal networks uncovered earlier in the year.

Caretaker Telecommunications Minister Boutros Harb claimed in March that a number of unlicensed providers were operating and the connections had been tapped by Israel to spy on the country.

So far, four large-scale illegal networks have been uncovered: one in Zaarour, another in Ouyoun al-Simane and two more in the Dinnieh district and Faqra.

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