No small amount of irony today, as a Kindle version of the full WikiLeaks cables turns up on Amazon. The site content itself was yanked from the online retailer's hosting arm last week, over allegations that the leaked cables contravene the AWS terms of service; however, as reviewers have been quick to flag up, that doesn't stop Amazon making some money on sales of the ebook.
The WikiLeaks saga takes another twist today, as founder Julian Assange is placed under arrest by the UK police and refused bail. At the same time, VISA and MasterCard have followed in PayPal's footsteps and ceased payment acceptance on the WikiLeaks site, claiming ongoing investigations into whether the nature of the site contravened their conditions of service.
WikiLeaks may be prompting embarrassment in embassies across the world right now, but it could soon have us all looking to the skies. Founder Julian Assange has confirmed that parts of the as-yet-unpublished remainder of the cable documents passed to the site does make reference to UFOs, though he's not saying what, exactly, the confidential files are claiming.
The cat-and-mouse game to keep WikiLeaks content online and available continues today, with Amazon Web Services (AWS) denying that government intervention was their motivation for pulling the controversial site. In a new statement, the hosting company blames WikiLeaks' contravening of AWS terms of service for the decision to yank their content. Meanwhile, everydns.net ceased resolving WikiLeaks.org - effectively making the site impossible to find without knowing its IP address - claiming the ongoing DDoS attacks were impairing service for its other users.
The WikiLeaks saga continues, with Amazon pulling the plug on the site's servers only days after the group moved their hosting to avoid ongoing DDoS attacks. According to the NYT, Amazon was forced to remove WikiLeaks' content from its S3 hosting service after the US Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee demanded the retailer explain its connection with the cable-leaking group. It's a move the WikiLeaks team is already claiming violates first amendment rights.
Instead, the group will look to hosting outside of the US for more stable uptime. While Amazon is yet to comment on the move, an indignant Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, chairman of the senate governmental affairs committee, has said that "no responsible company – whether American or foreign – should assist WikiLeaks in its efforts to disseminate these stolen materials."
Documents released as part of the ongoing WikiLeaks controversy have again fingered China as directly responsible for hacking attempts on Google in January 2010, with a Chinese source apparently informing the American Embassy in Beijing that the incidents were "part of a coordinated campaign of computer sabotage carried out by government operatives, private security experts and internet outlaws recruited by the Chinese government." The attacks were supposedly prompted by a senior Politburo official finding critical sites when performing a vanity search using Google .
Julian Assange, the man behind WikiLeaks, has spent the last couple of years (and a handful of months) in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid what would be an unfortunate extradition to Sweden. Using the WikiLeaks Twitter account, he retweeted a crowdfunding drive that is seeking funding to create a whistleblower monument of sorts, which will include a life-size statute of Assange himself, as well as Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden.
Privacy-promising Blackphone has begun shipping, offering a locked-down version of Android dubbed PrivatOS which claims to address some of the post-Wikileaks concerns about monitoring and tracking. The phone, announced earlier this year and sold unlocked, has access to an encrypted cloud storage service for those wary of Google Drive, uses anonymous browsing by default, and encrypts messages.
The US Justice Department has indicted five Chinese miltary officials with cyber-espionage today, the first time such criminal charges for hacking have been filed by the US against another country. The charges, announced by Attorney General Eric Holder this morning, allege the hackers targeted six American companies in the energy industry, including nuclear power.
Sony has acquired the movie rights to a book by Glenn Greenwald, detailing the Edward Snowden NSA leaks. Greenwald’s book centers around meeting Snowden in a Hong Kong hotel, and the ensuing backlash from the leaked information.