Paris: A subsidiary of French IT firm Bull
helped Muammar Gaddafi`s regime spy on the emails and chat
messages of opponents of the fallen Libyan strongman, a report
Amesys, which on its website describes itself as "a key
player in the field of security and critical systems at
national and international levels," installed a monitoring
centre in Tripoli in 2009, the Wall Street Journal said.
The paper, quoting people familiar with the matter, said
the firm equipped the centre with "deep packet inspection"
technology to snoop on the online activities of Gaddafi`s
The Libyan regime earlier this year held talks with
Amesys and other firms, including Boeing`s Narus unit, a maker
of internet traffic-monitoring products, as they sought to
boost the regime`s surveillance apparatus, the Journal said.
Chinese telecom firm ZTE also provided technology for the
monitoring operation, the report said.
Narus told the Wall Street journal: "There have been no
sales or deployments of Narus technology in Libya," while ZTE
declined to comment when approached by the daily.
The Journal said that its journalists had toured the
surveillance centre and found files there that include emails
written as recently as February, after the Libyan uprising