The latest notch in WikiLeaks's bedpost appears to the Stratfor, an intelligence analysis firm that has provided reports on everything from politics and economics to military issues. The company offers a subscription-based service to offer this information to risk managers, and in its line of work has gotten its hands on a lot of information that should be confidential.
It's been a long time since we heard anything from WikiLeaks. Some recently leaked documents have outlined some of the methods that Apple has taken to stomp out piracy over the years in China. The document is a cable from the Beijing embassy that shows Apple formed a team in March 2008 to fight piracy inside the country. The sheer scale of the piracy has only come to light recently when it was noted that entire Apple Stores were being pirated.
In a move that should surprise noone on this earth, the movie rights to a pair of books about Julian Assange and his undeniably controversial website WikiLeaks. Over the past year or so, WikiLeaks has become a household name in revealing "secret" government and private business documents, causing a ruckus at every level of money changing and United States security and beyond. Now DreamWorks studio has decided this epic story would make at least one fabulous movie to be released in a few years from now - if it gets released at all.
From Apple to his own once-loyal followers, Julian Assange is suffering from a lack of support on all sides. The future of Wikileaks is questionable at best. But that website's death (or neutering) won't be enough to stop a new wave of whistleblowing. The first new wave of leak sites is already here.
You would have to live under a rock, or even worse not have internet access to not know the saga of WikiLeaks that has been going on over the last few months. All of the leaked documents that the site published finally came back to bite the site and the man behind the curtain is facing some serious criminal charges.
Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter let the world know that former members of the WikiLeaks staff have quit their former jobs (they got paid? weird!) to start a new site next week called Openleaks. Dagens Nyheter reports that their action is to be in protest of their former leader Julian Assange. Why? Dagens Nyheter reports an anonymous (not THE Anonymous) member of the new group as saying: "Our long-term goal is to build a strong, transparent platform to support whistleblowers, both in terms of technology and politics, while at the same time encouraging others to start similar projects."
Part of the US government's response to WikiLeaks and the threat of further data exposure have themselves been leaked, with an immediate ban on removable media for military employees the biggest push for secrecy. According to a December 3rd "Cyber Control Order" obtained by Wired, Maj. Gen. Richard Webber of Air Force Network Operations has demanded that airmen "immediately cease use of removable media on all systems, servers, and stand alone machines residing on SIPRNET." It's apparently one such example of a directive sent out to all military branches.
We all know you can't believe everything you read or find online. Sometimes the things we run across are lies, misleads or just outright wrong. It's hard to get away from the drama that is Wikileaks right now so I will assume you are all familiar with the issues around the site and the anonymous group that has been attacking sites perceived to be enemies of Wikileaks.
The WikiLeaks Kindle ebook on Amazon UK has is prompting further controversy, with Amazon adding a statement to the product page and various reports that the author had taken the text down. However, at time of writing the ebook is still listed as available to buy, albeit with the added proviso that "This book contains commentary and analysis regarding recent WikiLeaks disclosures, not the original material disclosed via the WikiLeaks website."
The first arrest related to the 4chan group Anonymous' take-down attempts on PayPal, Visa and MasterCard this week over WikiLeaks controversy has taken place, with Dutch authorities reportedly taking a 16 year old into custody. According to a press release by the High Tech Crime Team of the National Investigation in The Hague, the teen has confessed to his involvement in the DDoS attack, which attempted to bring down the payment platforms after they refused to process donations to WikiLeaks.
The Dutch National Prosecutor believes that the youth "is probably part of a larger group of hackers, to which the investigation continues." His identity was apparently quickly discovered, and the High Tech team moved to arrest him and seize his computer equipment.