Whither the Leakers?

Friday, March 15, 2013


In the wake of WikiLeaks' meteoric rise to the world stage in 2010, dozens of copycat leaking sites popped up all over the globe. Today, only a handful remain active. Brooke talks to Ars Technica Senior Business Editor Cyrus Farivar, about what happened to these sites and which leaking sites are still active and impactful.


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Comments [3]

Thanks, Brooke! :-)

Mar. 22 2013 11:01 AM
Chris Boese from Brooklyn

Ars Technica totally rocks, btw. I LOVE that site! Its coverage of the technology strategy, resourcing, innovation, and spending of the two presidential campaigns should win major journalism awards. Amazing stuff!

Mar. 15 2013 08:40 PM
Chris Boese from Brooklyn

Here's an interesting tactic I discovered in researching CIA/FBI cybercrime investigations: when trying to catch credit card number thief hackers, the govt. often set up "false flag" online forums and chats, hosted them, as part of that hacker community, to fully co-opt and monitor the activities of these kinds of thieves in connecting and conspiring with other thieves.

So WikiLeaks was attacked as being too profligate. And all these "alt" WikiLeak sites spring up. And stuff dries up.

Anybody besides me wonder how many of these "alt" WikiLeak sites were set up as "false flag" hosting situations to "catch" and censor the "really bad" leaks before they get out?

That was my very first suspicion of govt activity. 1st, discredit WikiLeaks by any means necessary (because they actually leak real things, like an aggressive news organization used to, before they were all bought up and co-opted by corporate owners. 2nd, put up a host of false flag "leak" sites, trying to ride on WikiLeaks' coattails. Leak some things, but keep all the really bad things back.

Yeah, that's how I'd do it, if I were them.

Mar. 15 2013 08:36 PM

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