Frank Rieger on Mon, 4 Jul 2011 16:29:56 +0200 (CEST)

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Re: <nettime> wikileaks followup hackerleaks launched

The technical "foundations" of this as of today look
dangerously flawed and short-sighted. It is slapped together with
some hot-glue scripting from of several existing services that are
not all meant to stand up to serious attack (both technical and

The hackerleaks spring-up shows nonetheless the perceived need for
working leaking platforms, or rather techniques in the absence of a
Wikileaks that accepts and processes submissions. Lulzsec & Co. have
firmly established publishing "the loot" as part of the "new hacking
culture", which is the most important development on the leaking
business in quite a while.

Evolutionary pressures from counter-acting governments & corporations
will certainly lead to a sequence of many short-lived publishing
platforms with various pros and cons, that may make the ideas of both
Wikileaks as a centralized system and Openleaks as a distributed but
technical unified "hot potato shifting"-platform obsolete, at least
for technical savvy leakers. The risk for all leakers regardless of
their tech abilities will not be reduced by this development.



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