As the book "The New Digital World" is published this week by Google's Eric Schmidt and co-author Jared Cohen, a transcript of a "secret" meeting held between the two men and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has come to light. The transcript of this meeting - as well as the audio (uploaded this week) has been being mined by the public, revealing notes such as the one appearing today involving "internet educated youth" as spoken about by both Assange and Cohen.
This week a chat between Google's own Eric Schmidt and the head of the organization known as WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, has been revealed in full. This conversation has been typed out in transcript form and revealed to the public by none other than WikiLeaks itself, releasing this document just ahead of the publication of the book The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future. This is significant due to the book's co-author, Jared Cohen, also apparently being present at the meeting with Assange.
Many people have commented on the Aaron Swartz case that came to a close when the 26-year-old Internet activist committed suicide earlier this month, but now WikiLeaks has chimed in with a series of very interesting tweets. Over the weekend, the WikiLeaks Twitter account posted four tweets that detail the website's relationship with Swartz. Through these tweets, we find out that not only did Swartz assist the website, but he also may have been a source.
Sometimes people do bizarre things and try to call it art. Such is the case with what is being called a live mail art piece that has been sent to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. As you might recall Assange has been living at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since June of 2012.
Welcome to Friday, folks. The weekend is here once again, and what better way to kick off the festivities than with a Windows 8 purchase? The new OS went up for pre-order today, while a number of other Windows 8-related stories were popping up all over the place. For instance, we found out that the marketing campaign for Windows 8 cost Microsoft a whopping $1.5 billion, and a collection of HP computers were spotted running Windows 8 on the show floor of one Best Buy store in Minnesota.
Once upon a time, Wikileaks and Anonymous were best friends. Wikileaks would get bullied by "the man," and Anonymous would bring down government websites in retaliation. They seemed to make a good pair, like chocolate and peanut butter or Mario and Yoshi (sorry Luigi). Today, however, it seems that Anonymous wants out of this relationship, despite the fact that Wikileaks could use a lot of help right about now.
Anonymous is at it once again, this time launching what is being called "the biggest thing to ever happen in Anonymous history." The group posted a video to YouTube yesterday in which is calls for Anonymous supporters to help it attack a number of Swedish government sites for the perceived slights against The Pirate Bay and controversial Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Today, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that, sure enough, a number of Swedish websites have been taken offline after being flooded with traffic.
The strange nature of the relationship between Anonymous and WikiLeaks has been detailed in a report from International Business Times. Members of the group spoke to IBTimes following a Twitter row over the leaked emails from Syria, with one individual saying the relationship between the two entities is “complex.” As it turns out, there’s crossover between both groups, with some individuals working on both sides to gather and expose information.
WikiLeaks has recovered from a massive DDoS attack that lasted three days, during which it had to shift much of its content to mirror sites. It's unclear which hacker group or individual may be responsible for the attack, but a former Anonymous member by the name Nyre has already claimed credit for a similar DDoS attack on The Pirate Bay earlier this week that lasted over 24 hours.
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.
This week the customers of global intelligence firm Stratfor fell victim to the hacker amalgamation known as Anonymous, and starting today the folks at Dazzlepod have made a webpage available where you, the user, can check your email to make sure you weren't amongst those hit. The Dazzlepod collective has a searchable database which includes all of the information stolen and dumped by Anonymous over the past few attacks, this able to be searched by you to see if your email is amongst those compromised. A lovely service for those wishing to stay clean!