Posts Tagged ‘Wikileaks’
Claim Internet a vast spying machine

Russia today has an interesting post:

“Internet a very large-scale spying machine” – info leaking site co-founder: Cryptome.org was publishing classified and secret documents long before WikiLeaks made headlines. Cryptome co-founder John Young told RT such sites are allowed to stay online so that spy services might keep an eye on their visitors.

There is no secrecy on the Internet, John Young warned.

“In terms of their being able to see everything that we are doing, we know that we cannot keep any secrets about our site and we tell our readers, ‘You should not expect us to protect you, because we are being watched and every other site is being watched, just like WikiLeaks is being watched,’” he said. “There’s no secrecy on the Internet – that’s the lesson we’ve learned and we are now trying to spread that.”

“They [the security services] use our site to see what’s going on and that’s something that we’ve learned about sites like ours. They are left in place in order to watch who comes there and see what kind of information we’ve put up,” John Young added. “The reason we haven’t been shut down is that we are useful to them to see what kind of attention is paid to this material. We think they actually feed us material to put up as they are feeding information to WikiLeaks and many other sites that operate the same way.” Hat tip: Naked Capitalism

Of course if the security agencies could not monitor everything going to sites such as this and Wikileaks they would want people to believe they could. Encryption software is readily accessible and inexpensive. Material can be sent from internet cafes or even from open wireless hot spots or hacked networks. There are probably ways to maintain confidentiality. So call me skeptical, but bear in mind I am an economist not an IT expert.

I also accept that those not taking precautions can be traced. In authoritarian police states they may even be monitoring internet cafes. So think long and hard before incurring the wrath of the leviathan.

 
Bank of America maths

The Wikileaks Bank of America saga is taking an interesting turn:

Bank of America Wants You to Know Its Executives Don’t Suck: As Bank of American awaits a possible release of information from WikiLeaks, it wants to ensure that you don’t think its executives suck. Or blow for that matter. The company has been aggressively registering domain names including its Board of Directors’ and senior executives’ names followed by “sucks” and “blows”.For example, the company registered a number of domains for CEO Brian Moynihan: BrianMoynihanBlows.com, BrianMoynihanSucks.com, BrianTMoynihanBlows.com, and BrianTMoynihanSucks.com. Just to be sure, it also picked up the .net version of these names and some .orgs as well.

I count hundreds of such domain name registrations on December 17 alone.

To which Cory Doctorow points out:

B of A snaps up $EXECNAMEsucks domains prior to Wikileaks blowout: In a stunning tribute to the financial acumen of BofA’s C-suite, they seem to have missed the fact that total combinations of $FIRSTNAME/INITIAL + $LASTNAME + [blows|sucks|crook|thief|fraudster].[com|net|org|ws|info|cc|ca|ch|whatever] multiplied by, say, $5/domain/year exceeds the total capital reserves of the bank.

If Bank of America manages to avoid bankruptcy through domain name registration fees they could face other problems:

BAC’s Troubles Might Not Be Wiki-Related: But the real problem facing the banks may not be Wikileaks… the list of acts that for anyone other than a bankster would have led to criminal prosecution, whether it be allegations of bid-rigging, illegal wire transfers to prohibited nations such as Iran, money laundering for drug cartels in Mexico, perjured documents or simple breaking and entering, gets added to by the day… It is unfortunately axiomatic that eventually the people will have had enough if this continues, and when they do, I’m not interested in being anywhere near what comes next – it’s not going to be pretty and it certainly won’t be lawful. But until that day arrives it appears that there is nothing a bank can do that will draw a criminal indictment from our so-called “law enforcement” apparatus.

and

This past week’s appointment of Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray, who lost his re-election bid last month, as the CFPB’s (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) head of “enforcement” tells me that the CFPB is going to be very bank-unfriendly.

Given Cordray’s previous dealings with Bank of America the CFPB could be worth watching after all.

 
Wikileaks documentary and Assange dating

If you want to know more about Wikileaks and Assange:

WikiRebels – The Documentary: “Exclusive rough-cut of first in-depth documentary on WikiLeaks and the people behind it!

From summer 2010 until now, Swedish Television has been following the secretive media network WikiLeaks and its enigmatic Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange. Hat tip: The Big Picture

If you want to know a bit more about Assange, his online dating profile is available:

Julian Assange’s OK Cupid dating profile: This OK Cupid dating profile for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, aka “Harry Harrison,” is making the internet rounds today. According to reports, it is confirmed as legit. Hat tip: Boing Boing