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Friday, February 18, 2011

Plot summary requested

The whole WikiLeaks thing has managed to fall off our radar screen lately. Correct us if we've got this wrong, but at last report the WikiLeaks guy was going to embarrass the heck out of Bank of America. Then he got arrested in London on sex charges from Sweden. Then the U.S. government started prying into the WikiLeaks people's Twitter accounts.

Now we see that there's another ring to the circus, in which one or more private spy outfits have reportedly been hired by a private law firm with ties to the bank, and charged with investigating and attacking not only the WikiLeaks dudes but also a guy from Salon and critics of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Have we got that right?

Government spooks are bad enough -- corporate spooks getting in your business is really a drag. In any event, can't wait to read the dirt on B of A.

Comments (6)

According to the Huffington Post story, all the stuff Assange stole from BofA has nothing scandalous. The HP quote:

Assange has said privately he does not know if his cache of internal Bank of America (BAC.N) data, whose public release he has suggested might be imminent, contains any big news or scandal, according to three people familiar with the WikiLeaks leader's private discussions about the material.

Boy probably should have done two things:

- Hired a good editor

- Had relations with women in a country without deranged new age sex laws.

Ars Technica has some of the best reporting on one of the highly interesting Wikileaks sideshows: The utter disaster visited on the private security company HBGary Federal by the prankster collective Anonymous. See http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/02/the-ridiculous-plan-to-attack-wikileaks.ars

The alleged attack methods used to demolish HBGary federal are breathtaking in their simplicity. The executive summary: password strength and patches MATTER FOR EVERYONE.

Robert you confirm the usefulness of misinformation and discrediting the source. Of course he doesn't know the value, look at the scope of material,(he is not a banker and doesn't began to know what their laws are)but the repercussions are world wide and growing daily. http://www.cnbc.com/id/41643598

Now the HBGary emails are starting to reverberate:
"...create software that could make it easy for staffers to create and maintain a massive number of fake online social network personas, allowing them to control virtual armies of totally fake people, whose only mission is to spy on others and spew paid-for propaganda."
Sound crazy? No, the government has already put out bids for it! http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110218/02143213163/more-hbgary-federal-fallout-government-wants-to-buy-software-to-fake-online-grassroots-social-media-campaigns.shtml

How about trojans, rootkits and spyware for a DoD contractor? Look at the PDF's for Project C, Task Z, Task M and Task B listed!! http://www.h-online.com/security/news/item/Anonymous-exposes-US-security-company-1189973.html

Quite despite their nature, Anonymous seems to have performed a huge public service. Who'd've thought it?

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