Wikileaks exposes Clinton's cyberspy wish-list
By Chris Williams

'........It calls for reports on "current technical specifications, physical layout, and planned upgrades to telecommunications infrastructure and information systems, networks, and technologies used by top officials and their support staffs".......'

Schneier on Security - WikiLeaks 
By Bruce Schneier

'........Encryption isn't the issue here. Of course the cables were encrypted, for transmission. Then they were received and decrypted, and -- so it seems -- put into an archive on SIPRNet, where lots of people had access to them in their unencrypted form.......'




The Winds of WikiLeaks' War

By Paul Hartsock


'......WikiLeaks' Cablegate release has instigated a Web battle. On one side, high-profile organizations like credit card companies have refused to do business with the site; on the other, WikiLeaks supporters have carried out a series of reprisal DDoS attacks. Meanwhile, Apple makes new rules for the Mac App Store, a new study makes AT&T look bad, and Google makes plans for its various OSes.....'


WikiLeaks backlash: The first global cyber war has begun, claim hackers

Mark Townsend, Paul Harris in New York, Alex Duval Smith in Johannesburg, Dan Sabbagh, Josh Halliday



'......."Before WikiLeaks, Operation Payback's initial target was America's recording industry, chosen for its prosecutions of music file downloaders. From those humble origins, Payback's anti-censorship, anti-copyright, freedom of speech manifesto would go viral, last week pitting an amorphous army of online hackers against the US government and some of the biggest corporations in the world......'


WikiLeaks CableGate: Weekend Updates

Posted by



'......."The government has no business indicting someone who is not a spy and who is not legally bound to keep its secrets. Doing so would criminalize the exchange of information and put at risk responsible media organizations that vet and verify material and take seriously the protection of sources and methods when lives or national security are endangered......'


WikiLeaks And The New Corporate Disclosure Crisis

Stephanie Nora White and Rebecca Theim



'.......WikiLeaks is promising to give a voice to the disenfranchised, disgusted and disillusioned within Corporate America, those who have knowledge of company behavior ranging from distasteful to criminal. "Companies turn people into leakers by their failure to listen, look and respond," says business consultant and author Margaret Heffernan, whose forthcoming book, Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril, will tackle the issue......'


WikiLeaks war an economic threat

By Washington Times



'.........Several American private corporations and a few international corporations came under cyberattack by so-called supporters of WikiLeaks. It is believed that WikiLeaks sympathizers employed a distributed denial-of-service attack (a nefarious effort to ensure an Internet portal is unable to operate as a consequence of an unnatural volume of user-page requests) against the likes of Visa, Mastercard, PayPal, EveryDNS, the Swiss firm PostFinance and a few political-action committee websites deemed unsavory......'


WikiLeaks Julian Assange: the most dangerous man in the world?

By Neil Tweedie, and Jon Swaine


'.........Mass releases of classified US material on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and now an avalanche of State Department cables, many embarrassing, have catapulted Assange and WikiLeaks to global prominence. Supporters say the sexual assault allegations are part of a campaign orchestrated by the US, which has suffered enormously from leaks, to discredit the creator of what has been described as "the most dangerous website in the world".......'


US might charge Wikileaks founder Assange under Espionage Act




'.........Washington, Dec 11: America is all set to being spying charges against Julian Assange, founder of the whistleblower website 'Wikileaks' that published over 250,000 US secret diplomatic cables, according to his lawyer. The Daily Mail quoted Jennifer Robinson as saying that the U.S. charges are 'imminent', adding that he is being currently held in solitary confinement with restricted access to his lawyers......'


WikiLeaks Disclosures Prompt Defense Department Ban on USB Drives

By Fahmida Y. Rashid



'.........The new rules, outlined by the U.S. Department of Defense in a memo shortly after WikiLeaks started posting 250,000 cables from U.S. embassies and diplomats, ban military service personnel from using any removable media on any classified machines. The "crackdown" on removable media will likely include "rewritable CD drives, USB flash drives and multimedia storage like SD cards," said Darren Hayes, Computer Information Systems Program Chair at New York's Pace University, to eWEEK......'


Report: WikiLeaks Figures Starting Rival 'OpenLeaks' Site

By Chloe Albanesius,2817,2374203,00.asp



' will go live on Monday, according to Swedish site One of the site's backers, who wished to remain anonymous, told that site that its 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.".......'


New breed launched cyber counterattack in support of WikiLeaks

By David Sarno,0,6077681.story



'.....Visa came under fire for its decision to suspend processing donations to WikiLeaks, the controversial website that has been publishing confidential U.S. government documents. The attack was coordinated through an Internet chat room where more than 1,000 online activists were signed in, massing for the call to fire.......'


WikiLeaks Demonstrates Web Resiliency

By David Schneider



'.....Such attacks have many variations. The archetypal example involves the use of as many as several million individual computers spread throughout the Internet. At some point, the people operating those computers inadvertently downloaded and installed software that allowed their computers to be manipulated surreptitiously from elsewhere. These computers then became part of a “botnet,” which some distant master could then activate at a later time for malicious purposes.......'


Iranian Lawmaker Wants US Accountability for Wikileaks

VOA News



'.....In November, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned the WikiLeaks  release of more than a quarter-million sensitive U.S. diplomatic cables. She said the U.S. was taking aggressive steps to hold responsible those who had stolen the information......'


Internet Society: Wikileaks attacks are illegal

By Tim Greene


'....."Unless and until appropriate laws are brought to bear to take the domain down legally, technical solutions should be sought to reestablish its proper presence," ISOC says, "and appropriate actions taken to pursue and prosecute entities (if any) that acted maliciously to take it off the air.".....'


Attacks by “Anonymous” WikiLeaks Proponents not Anonymous

By Aiko Pras, Anna Sperotto, Giovane C. M. Moura, Idilio Drago, Rafael Barbosa, Ramin Sadre, Ricardo Schmidt and Rick Hofstede



'.....The LOIC (Low Orbit Ion Cannon) software, which is used by the hacktivists, was analyzed by UT researchers, who concluded that the attacks generated by this tool are relatively simple and unveil the identity of the attacker. If hacktivists use this tool directly from their own machines, instead of via anonymization networks such as Tor, the Internet address of the attacker is included in every Internet message being transmitted......'


Is The CIA Hosting A Wikileaks Mirror?

By Mike Masnick



'....Whatis42? points us to an interesting post on Reddit, which is initially just highlighting a Google heatmap showing the locations from which people are searching for the term "wikileaks." Not surprisingly, the hottest spot on the heatmap is the Northern Virginia, Washington DC area. Shocking, I know.......'


WikiLeaks' Assange to be indicted for spying 'soon'

By Dan Goodin



'.....“There may be First Amendment implications that would make such a prosecution difficult, not to mention political ramifications based on concerns about government censorship,” the report states. “To the extent that the investigation implicates any foreign nationals whose conduct occurred entirely overseas, any resulting prosecution may carry foreign policy implications related to the exercise of extraterritorial jurisdiction and whether suspected persons may be extradited to the United States under applicable treaty provisions.”.....'


WikiLeaks Revelations Could Have Serious Consequences for Africa, says Analyst

By Darren Taylor



'.....In some of the communications – known as cables – American diplomats criticize some of the continent’s most prominent personalities. Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, for example, is described as “flawed” and “indecisive and closed-minded,” according to a leak reported in the New York Times......'


Pro-Wikileaks activists abandon Amazon cyber attack

Source: BBC



'....Pro-Wikileaks activists have abandoned plans to bring down the website of online retailer Amazon, and switched back to targeting PayPal. The group Anonymous had pledged to attack the site at 1600 GMT, but have since changed their plans, saying they did not have the "forces".......'


US probing WikiLeaks-related hacking

Source: infoTECH Headlines



'....Hackers proclaiming to back WikiLeaks' ongoing release of 250,000 secret US diplomatic cables have declared online that they are trying to obstruct access to Mastercard and Visa websites. The credit card companies have been used by individuals seeking to donate money to WikiLeaks.......'


Dutch boy arrested for WikiLeaks-related DDoS attacks on Mastercard and PayPal

By Graham Cluley



'....The attacks, which have made the headlines in the last couple of days, have seemingly been in support of the controversial WikiLeaks whistle-blowing site and its high profile founder Julian Assange.......'



Netcraft monitors WikiLeaks and Operation Payback targets

By Paul Mutton



'....Operation Payback is announcing targets via its website, Twitter stream and Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channels. To muster the necessary volume of traffic to take sites offline, they are inviting people to take part in a 'voluntary' botnet by installing a tool called LOIC (Low Orbit Ion Cannon – a fictional weapon of mass destruction popularised by computer games such as Command & Conquer).......'


WikiLeaks cables: Rampant corruption 'could push Kenya back into violence'

By George Hepple and David Smith



'....He cited, but did not name, "a person at the Kenya Anti Corruption Commission ... [who] blocks progress on high-level investigations and has ties directly to State House. He also described a senior policeman as having close links with the president but "allegedly closely associated with the 'kwe kwe' death squad responsible for extrajudicial killings.".......'


Mastercard site downed in Wiki revenge attack

By Paul Hales



'....Or, as AnonyWatcher put it: "There are some things Wikileaks can't do. For everything else, there's Operation Payback."  Mastercard yesterday dumped WikiLeaks, suggesting that the site was engaged in "illegal activities".......'


Twitter is next target for WikiLeaks hackers

Source: Net Communities



'....Multi-billion dollar payment service PayPal incurred Anonymous's wrath after it pulled the plug on WikiLeaks' funding.  The company announced at the weekend that it would no longer process any further donations to WikiLeaks, claiming that the whistle-blowing site had committed "a violation of the PayPal Acceptable Use Policy".......'



WikiLeaks release: US briefs No 10 over 'embarrassing'

diplomatic files

Source: Telegraph



'....he State Department ''has known all along'' that WikiLeaks possesses classified documents, but it was not possible to predict exactly what information would be made public and what impact it would make, he said.  ''We wish this would not happen, but we are obviously prepared for the possibility that it will,'' he said.. .....'


Cables Obtained by WikiLeaks Shine Light Into Secret Diplomatic Channels




'....Some of the cables, made available to The New York Times and several other news organizations, were written as recently as late February, revealing the Obama administration’s exchanges over crises and conflicts. The material was originally obtained by WikiLeaks, an organization devoted to revealing secret documents. WikiLeaks posted 220 cables, some redacted to protect diplomatic sources, in the first installment of the archive on its Web site on Sunday.......'


WikiLeaks Targeted in DDoS Attack as Latest Leak Hits the Web




'....The attack comes just hours before the site is set to release thousands of new secret U.S. documents. Those classified documents reportedly contain secret and embarrassing cables sent by the State Department. U.S. diplomats have been briefing foreign leaders about what could be in those documents in an attempt to minimize the potential damage (Update: the leak is out).......'


WikiLeaks embassy cables: download the key data and see how it breaks down

Simon Rogers



'....WikiLeaks embassy cables revelations cover a huge dataset of official documents: 251,287 dispatches, from more than 250 worldwide US embassies and consulates. It's a unique picture of US diplomatic language - including over 50,000 documents covering the current Obama administration. But what does the data include?.....'


Hacker claims credit for WikiLeaks takedown





' came under a distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on Sunday shortly before it began releasing the first batch of some 250,000 US diplomatic cables.......'


WikiLeaks cables: US spurned Gary McKinnon plea from Gordon Brown

David Leigh



'.....Brown's face-to-face attempt to strike a deal with the US ambassador was spurned by the Obama administration, in a humiliating diplomatic rebuff. Washington now appears to be just as intransigent with Brown's successor, David Cameron. The Cameron government has failed to announce whether or not it will comply with continued US demands to hand over McKinnon after he hacked into their government computers......'


WikiLeaks hopscotching avoids hackers

Joseph Menn



'......“The Cablegate archive has been spread to more than 100,000 people. If something happens to us, key parts will be released automatically,” said Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder.......'


Wikileaks Mirrors




'....WikiLeaks is a non-profit media organization dedicated to bringing important news and information to the public. We provide an innovative, secure and anonymous way for independent sources around the world to leak information to our journalists. We publish material of ethical, political and historical significance while keeping the identity of our sources anonymous, thus providing a universal way for the revealing of suppressed and censored injustices......'


Iran says WikiLeaks is US propaganda ploy



'............The WikiLeaks publication of secret cables was not the embarrassing blow to U.S. diplomacy many people assume, but a deliberate ploy by Washington to improve its image, a senior Iranian official said. "The WikiLeaks documents are a kind of public opinion engineering to save the catastrophic situation that the U.S. has in the eyes of world nations," state-run Press TV quoted Iran's human rights chief as saying on Sunday..........'


How WikiLeaks cables capture 21st-century Turkey

By Jackson Diehl\



'........Davutoglu is something of an antihero of the WikiLeaks cables, described as "exceptionally dangerous" and "lost in neo-Ottoman Islamist fantasies." Having arrived in Washington a few hours after those descriptions were released, he accepted an apology from Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, played down the damage - and embraced at least part of the embassy's analysis. "Britain has a commonwealth" with its former colonies, he reminded me. Why shouldn't Turkey rebuild its leadership in former Ottoman lands in the Balkans, Middle East and Central Asia?.......'


WikiLeaks faces cyber attacks, loses PayPal account for donations

Juergen Baetz



'.........The weekend move by PayPal came as WikiLeaks' release of hundreds of thousands of United States diplomatic cables brought commercial organizations on the Internet that have business ties with the organization under more scrutiny.......'


Wikileaks cables reveal Australia's plan to contain China



'.........The Australian Government is refusing to comment on the latest diplomatic cables leaked by the Wikileaks website which reveals the inner thoughts of the former prime minister Kevin Rudd on China.......'


WikiLeaks cables could endanger lives




'.........Cables released by WikiLeaks have revealed that former prime minister Kevin Rudd warned US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in March last year to be prepared to use force against China "if everything goes wrong".........'


‘No one believes in Afghanistan any more:’ EU leader in WikiLeaks cable

Brussels, Belgium— The Associated Press



'........U.S. Ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman, in the memo released by WikiLeaks, quotes Mr. Van Rompuy as saying in December 2009 that the EU will wait until the end of 2010 to see progress.......'


U.S. government powerless to plug WikiLeaks

Omar el Akkad



'.......Although the State Department has since distanced itself from the alumnus’s advice, saying it doesn’t constitute a formal policy position, the extent to which the U.S. government has gone to stop the dissemination of WikiLeaks documents is readily apparent.......'


WikiLeaks founder threatens to release entire cache of unfiltered files

Doug Sounders



'.......The 1.3-gigabyte file, distributed through file-sharing services this summer and protected with an unbreakable 256-bit encryption key, contains full versions of all the U.S. documents received by WikiLeaks to date – including those that have been withheld from publication or have had names and details removed in order to protect the lives of spies, sources and soldiers........'


WikiLeaks a blueprint for things to come

Mark Pesce



'........First up, that old favourite, the distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, which involves harnessing tens of thousands of hacked PCs (perhaps yours, or your mom’s, or your daughter’s) to broadcast tens of millions of faux requests for information to WikiLeaks’ computers. This did manage to bring WikiLeaks to its knees (surprising for an organisation believed to be rather paranoid about security), so WikiLeaks moved to a backup server, purchasing computing resources from Amazon, which runs a ‘cloud’ of hundreds of thousands of computers available for rent. Amazon, paranoid about customer reliability, easily fended off the DDoS attacks, but came under another kind of pressure. US Senator Joe Lieberman told Amazon to cut WikiLeaks off, and within a few hours Amazon had suddenly realised that WikiLeaks violated their Terms of Service, kicking them off Amazon’s systems........'


Hundreds of WikiLeaks Mirror Sites Appear




'..........Since several major Internet companies cut off services to WikiLeaks in recent days, activists have created hundreds of mirror sites, Web sites that host exact copies of another site’s content, making censorship difficult........'


The workings of a surreptitious worm

Avinash Celestine



'..........What does Stuxnet do when it eventually finds its true home? Crash the system? Get the plant to make large quantities of strawberry jam? What researchers found is that the worm causes the converter drives it targets to behave erratically — they speed up suddenly, behave normally for a while, then suddenly slow down to very low speeds........'