5 Years Of UltGate: Making Change Happen
by November 22, 2016
Today, I’m celebrating a blogging milestone! On this day, 5 years ago I launched UltGate. Whilst my content has evolved over time, my goal remains the same — to make a change and impact others. #5YearsOfUltGate
First i want to thank everyone who stops by UltGate to read my posts and to all that have shared their support for 5 years. It wouldn’t be possible without you.
I really have a hard time coming up with this post. I’ve written 187 posts over the past 5 years and it’s hard to summarize my blogging journey in a single post. I started this blog out of boredom in 2011. Now, I am the only Lebanese blogger to get featured in international media more than 60 times and the only one who actually had impact on some of the biggest companies in the world. Everyone has the power to change lives in some way, I was lucky to have this opportunity at a young age.
Here are a few highlights from the last 5 years:
Exposing Porn on Instagram ( 2015 and 2016)
In 2015 I wrote post showing how porn content is hidden on Instagram using Arabic Hashtags, and followed by article with a video demonstration in 2016. In march 2016 my article was featured in over 50 international Media Including AskMen.com, and DailyStarUk. Which led Instagram to investigate the issue and force more filtering on hashtags.
Outing Viber as an Israeli Company (2011)
With the rise of Viber’s popularity in the middle east in 2011, the team behind Viber were trying their best to hide the application’s Israeli origin. In fact nobody dared to even discuss it, until i outed Viber in 2011, that’s when my discovery was featured worldwide, sometimes without crediting my blog for it. Eventually Viber came out of the closet, in 2016 Viber’s team has finally the pride to admit that the company has Israeli Origins.
Hacking over 55 Lebanese companies (2013-2014)
As I started to develop and code websites, learned a lot about web security along the way. In 2013 I started researching almost every website I logged into. Consequently, it has come to my attention that the hand on defense and networking in this country and most of the Arab World is the worst; we seem to be way behind compared to the rest of the globe. In 2013 i wrote a post that exposes the vulnerability of over 55 Lebanese website. The post was deleted later that year to avoid Lawsuits. But my discovery let to my infamous interview with Tony Khalifeh on the Lebanese tv channel Al Jaddeed, which in turn was featured again in arabic media.
My take on Whatsapp end-to-end encryption (2016)
Whatsapp end-to-end encryption has been announced earlier this year, Leading almost everyone to believe that their messages are now secure from hackers, governments and the company it self. Where as in reality Whatsapp end-to-end encryption wasn’t more than a marketing propaganda.
In a post that was featured again my worldwide news media, I explained how end-to-end encryption works and how Whatsapp hasn’t actually provided any extra security by implementing this feature.