Hackers, crackerz, botnet, DDos… a lot of this weeks topic I had no idea about. The most I have ever heard about hacking is from my brother, when he used to “hack” into certain 1st and 2nd generation video/mp3 players so people could download apps for free and upload burnt DVDs… illegal? And then there is Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. Like most people, I have heard a lot about the two, but I didn’t exactly know how they worked and all of that.. so I went straight to TED, the website with talks and conferences about everything.
I came across this video from 2012, where Assange spoke about how WikiLeaks work.
And according to him, this is how:
“So we use this state-of-the-art encryption to bounce stuff around the Internet, to hide trails, pass it through legal jurisdictions like Sweden and Belgium to enact those legal protections. We get information in the mail, the regular postal mail, encrypted or not, vet it like a regular news organization, format it — which is sometimes something that’s quite hard to do, when you’re talking about giant databases of information — release it to the public and then defend ourselves against the inevitable legal and political attacks.”
And they hardly ever actually know who the whistleblowers are who give them or lead them to the information. Interesting. I thought that Assange and his co-workers were hacking into secret files not knowing for sure that there would be military and government secrets.
Do I agree with how the organisation, or as Raffi Khatchadourian calls it in ‘No Secrets’, the media insurgency operates? Yes, from what I know about it, I do. After reading Khatchadourian’s article, it is obvious that everything is very secretive, like operating in a closed off house in Iceland. And in the video, Assange explains how they have no idea who the whistleblowers are, and if they do find out at any point, they destroy the info immediately. And I guess this is how they have to operate, because if the whistleblowers were uncovered, WikiLeaks would become counteractive as governments could target the people leaking their secrets.
If you haven’t seen the video in my post, I recommend watching it!
And is there anyone in digc202 who isn’t a fan of WikiLeaks?