Cyberwar Against WikiLeaks? Good Luck With That…

With the recent controversy over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s alleged and quickly dismissed rape charge this past weekend, I find this article by Kevin Poulsen on WIRED’s Threat Level, dated August 13th, uncannily prescient. If an effective technological responsible is near impossible, how about a true disinformation one?

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Map of WikiLeaks insurance seeders

On Thursday, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told a gathering in London that the secret-spilling website is moving ahead with plans to publish the remaining 15,000 records from the Afghan war logs, despite a demand from the Pentagon that WikiLeaks “return” its entire cache of published and unpublished classified U.S. documents.

Last month, WikiLeaks released 77,000 documents out of 92,000, temporarily holding back 15,000 records at the urging of newspapers that had been provided an advance copy of the entire database. On Thursday, Assange said his organization has now gone through about half of the remaining records, redacting the names of Afghan informants. That suggests the final release could still be weeks away.

Pundits, though, are clamoring for preemptive action. “The United States has the cyber capabilities to prevent WikiLeaks from disseminating those materials,” wrote Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen on Friday. “Will President Obama order the military to deploy those capabilities? … If Assange remains free and the documents he possesses are released, Obama will have no one to blame but himself.”

Read More: Kevin Poulsen article on WIRED’s Threat Level

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12 Responses to Cyberwar Against WikiLeaks? Good Luck With That…

  1. myth_slayer August 23, 2010 at 8:56 pm #

    Uh oh.

    TIme to go on a few raids to disconnect those Narus boxes at the IXPs.

  2. Tuna Ghost August 23, 2010 at 9:00 pm #

    Crap, my work network blocks WIRED. Can't read the rest of the article…

    “'The United States has the cyber capabilities to prevent WikiLeaks from disseminating those materials,' wrote Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen on Friday. 'Will President Obama order the military to deploy those capabilities?'”

    That's a bold claim. What does he mean when he says “the united states?” Does he mean just the military, or the various intelligence services? Is the writer referring to the “off-switch” Obama reportedly has (there was an article here about it, I believe)? What are the estimates on how effective that is?

    • ralph August 23, 2010 at 10:36 pm #

      Weird to block WIRED, maybe your job is blocking all Condé Nast Publications for some reason?

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cond%C3%A9_Nast_Pu

      Glad you can read Disinfo!

      • Tuna Ghost August 24, 2010 at 1:46 am #

        I teach at a middle school so blocking sites is to be expected, but the list of blocked sites speaks of a fairly arbitrary blocking standard. Also on the blocked list is AOL, Men's Health, The Gaurdian, The Telegraph, The Onion, Huffington Post and a slew of other random places. And yet torrent sites that regularly feature advertisements for pornography sites depicting nude women remain available.

  3. emperorreagan August 23, 2010 at 11:40 pm #

    Don't worry, I've got a lead in for this one:

    US government plans to nuke entire planet so additional documents detailing the utter failure of its recent military adventures cannot be revealed to a mostly disinterested public.

  4. A Bad Joke August 24, 2010 at 2:15 am #

    I'd be busy disseminating the leaked files, but I'm technically still in the Army, albeit Inactive Reserve. So I could face a firing squad, and I think I'll just sit back and watch.

  5. Your Mom August 24, 2010 at 8:40 am #

    The lesser charge of “mollestation” against Assange still stands. He's still under investigation.

    http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/08/21/swed

    Y'all are gonna owe sex assault victims an apology if Assange is guilty.

    • Gemmarama August 24, 2010 at 10:01 am #

      whatever happened to “innocent until proven guilty”?

      not all of us have the bitter need to constantly assume the worst about people.

    • Andrew August 24, 2010 at 12:40 pm #

      FACT: WikiLeaks hosts child pornography, and all those who support them are pedophiles.

  6. Andrew August 24, 2010 at 5:40 pm #

    FACT: WikiLeaks hosts child pornography, and all those who support them are pedophiles.

  7. Fred December 3, 2010 at 9:12 pm #

    The efforts to block exposures and find or hound Julian have failed.
    Arseholes your days are numbered.
    A better world is now expected.
    Be prepared for the worst…. You’re going to lose the money!

  8. Fred December 4, 2010 at 1:12 am #

    The efforts to block exposures and find or hound Julian have failed.
    Arseholes your days are numbered.
    A better world is now expected.
    Be prepared for the worst…. You’re going to lose the money!

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