OpenLeaks to Fill WikiLeaks Void

By Kevin Coleman – DefenseTech Cyber Warfare Correspondent

The WikiLeaks saga continues. The launch of ‘Operation Payback’ has not just opened the eyes of many bystanders but also the minds of cyber intelligence analysts, military cyber planners, data security practitioners and hacktivists and shown the complexities of this new domain of conflict. Many political and intelligence analysts have called WikiLeaks the 9/11 attack on U.S. international relations and the true impact will take years to really assess. However, it is clear that this massive breach of State Department electronic documents has had a chilling effect on sharing sensitive international communications.

The WikiLeaks supporters not only launched retaliatory cyber strikes against those taking action against WikiLeaks, but this past weekend announced they’re launching another web site, OpenLeaks,‎ to help ensure they can continue to disclose sensitive and classified materials that have been the focus of attention for about 7 months. It is important to realize that the Wikileaks page on Facebook quickly had more than 1.2 million “likes”. This shows that many see WikiLeaks staff and their supports as modern day heroes. One person I talked to called Julian Assange a ‘Digital Robin Hood.’ While others state that OpenLeaks will undermine journalism. Still others are calling for espionage or spying charges to be brought against those that disclose classified materials that could harm U.S. national security and possibly put people’s lives at risk. All this shows one thing. We are way behind in rethinking digital asset protection for military data systems and the sensitive communications that are so critical to international diplomacy.

  • Foozle

    I don’t know that it is completely accurate to call the OpenLeaks founders WikiLeaks supports. Instead, it might be more accurate to say they are supporters of WikiLeaks’ ideals - particularly the mission to support whistleblowers - but not necessarily its leadership or recent methods. I believe that OpenLeaks main departure from Wikileaks will be their commitment not editorialize or self-publish, but rather simply serve as a secure, anonymous repository for leaked information that is accessible to more mainstream news sources.

  • Maxtrue

    There are 6,887,554,096 people on the planet. I wouldn’t say 1.2 million represent the majority view, nor do we have the masses decide privacy and national security policies. If OpenLeaks wishes to handle stolen documents with better reasoning than Assange, bravo. They will have to prove their ideology and targeting isn’t the same as Wikileaks.
    http://cryptome.org/0003/wikileaks-dan.htm

    About Branding……

    And the backlash against the assault on privacy will likely surpass the interest in stolen cables.

    • blight

      And somewhat over 300 million of the world population are Americans, some of which are crying “treason” by a foreign national against the United States.

      Besides, how many of those people are beyond survival economics enough to care about Wikileaks?

    • Philo

      “And the backlash against the assault on privacy will likely surpass the interest in stolen cables.”

      Well if that’s going to happen, it better start soon. lol

      Face it, ASSange made a mistake in thinking the majority of American people dislike the military as much as the average euro-trash does. We don’t. Opening up with an edited, front-page video called “Collateral Murder” said all most of us needed to know about this idiot and his group….

  • Hamish

    “I certainly believe WikiLeaks has violated The Espionage Act. The New York Times has committed at least an act of bad citizenship,” Lieberman said.

    Hah! How can wikileaks violate an act when it’s no different from The New York times? Wikileaks just receives the documents, it doesn’t steal documents. And as far as i know, Wikileaks isn’t a US based or US company/website. So how it could violate a US law where they have no jurisdiction, i have no idea. Lieberman is a fool

    • Jacob

      Honestly, it’s much better that the Wikileaks stuff is posted on the New York Times first rather than somewhere like Al-Jazeera.

    • Jeff

      It would come down to intent, whether he intended to release those documents to interefere with our success or to promote the success of our enemies. The New York times didn’t do it for those reasons, they reported it to report on the documents public release. Assange seemingly has one this out of a sense of malice towards the US. A conviction would hinge on proving the degree of that malice and the intent to disrupt the US government.

  • Greg

    “All this shows one thing. We are way behind in rethinking digital asset protection for military data systems and the sensitive communications that are so critical to international diplomacy.”

    I couldn’t agree more, Kevin. You identified the core issue right there. Most enterprises are woefully unprepared to deal with targeted threats and the problem has been there for years. All this press recently around compromises and data leaks is good in the sense that it draws attention to the issue. But, that said, I know we have been dealing with directed and targeted attacks for just over five years now - all focused on theft of restricted, sensitive data and intellectual property.

    -Greg, HBGary, Inc.

    • Kevin

      Hi Greg

      It has been a while. We should catch up on the phone sometime soon! Some interesting goings-on to chat about!!!!!!

      Kevin

  • SJE

    Going after Wikileaks is a double edged sword, as more open societies have less to lose from disclosure than, say, Russia, Iran, China, or Pakistan. Twitter was instrumental in showing the weaknesses of the Iranian regime, and Wikileaks won Western praise for exposing corruption in the Balkans. It would be smarter to keep Wikileaks around so that it can be used to dump, eg. Chinese secrets, without accusations that this is a Western plot. Similarly, certain US information can be “leaked” onto Wikileaks to push US interests: if you notice, the US comes out looking pretty good from the recent document dumps.

  • Belesari

    Hamish,

    Doesnt matter if i hate what Dyna Corp did-though we still dont have ALL the information on it so.

    Of course i havent seen you spout against Most middleast, african, asian, and even eastern european countries were child slavery is practiced. Hell most of northern africa and the middleast is ripe with it. Of course there not american nor European so it doesnt matter does it?

    IF it happened the way it did then they need to find the people responsible and crucify them. Slowy with ropes not nails threw the wrist. However, that one incident is a fart in the wind compared to what goes on in that country or many others or has gone on for CENTURIES there.

    My problem is that Assange wasnt Fighting for the little people and working for a freer, better and more peacefule world. HE like most people that do that have a hatred for The American government who they stupidly blame for everything from weather to earthquakes to f**king AIDS for gods sakes. OH btw all this was done for some nefarious plot…at the behest of the JEWS dont ya know.

  • William C.

    Assange is an impotent weakling who takes out his anger on American power he loathes. Somebody ought to kick his ass and I don’t care who does it or how. One of our intelligence agencies needs to get a grasp on the situation, it’s our internet and there is no reason some Aussie loser should be able to hide behind it.

    The fact that just one American soldier may have been killed by the information he released should be enough to land him a spot in jail for a long time. The fact that he has released information on global infrastructure important to national security should be enough to buy him an all-expenses paid trip to the South American jungle. Courtesy of an unmarked C-130 and no parachute.

    He hides behind the shield of “freedom of speech” yet his true colors have been show as some anti-American, radical left, solder-hating coward who wants the United States to bow down before the world.

    Would Roosevelt have stood for this sort of thing back in WWII?

    • crackedlenses

      We refused to prosecute Jane Fonda; ever since then, it has been safe to do whatever treasonous act you want…….

    • Carlton

      Once again, Bill shows his penchant for illegality as long as it targets those he disagrees with politically. Since Assange is (I assume) a leftist, Bill wants him hung by his heels and appeals to his Gestapo to get on it, post haste. I wonder how loudly he clamored for those who blew Valerie Plame’s cover to be punished? Oh, right: those were republicans at the highest levels of the executive branch, under the infallible President Bush (PBUH) and it was targeted against the (leftist) opposition, so I guess that doesn’t count, eh Bill?

      Shine on you crazy diamond. It must be hard to understand the modern world when you grew up red baiting in the dinosaur age, but your instincts have never changed.

      • William C.

        Hey Oblat, how you doing? Changed your name out of shame I see. I’ll tell you what buddy, if your version of the modern world involves people like Assange being heroes, I would rather have the Soviets back.

        And then you can harp on about how progressive the Warsaw Pact is.

    • Oblat

      Poor Bill is developing a persecution complex. :-)

      We have to realize that there are people in our society like Bill who want to be lied to - indeed need to be lied to. Who see the level playing field of democracy as putting themselves at a disadvantage and thus worship any form of state power and constantly try to associate themselves with it.

      Fear makes them weak it makes them open to being subverted and in the end they know they would betray everything just for some confirmation. Bill hates Ausange because he sees all too clearly how he could become Bradly Manning.

      If only someone would trust him with a secret :-)

      • crackedlenses

        Behold, our dear Comrade Oblatski has turned psychologist! Let’s give him a big round of applause for coming to the totally wrong conclusion! For the Motherland Oblat!

  • Oblat

    Will it be the cyber 911 that Kevin is so desperate for -
    ‘are there any dead yet ? we wait with bated breath for the corpses to arrive ! Exciting times !’

    But what would the wikileaks say about the Cyberwar industry - that it’s populated by failed dot com entrepreneurs who are selling snake oil to what they see as the military honey pot ?

    One of the interesting things Assange has said is that people like Kevin are instrumental in bringing down the hypocritical anti-democratic systems he hates. Because their natural tendency to secrecy and spin is what will do the most damage in the end. Far outweighing the effect of the cables themselves.

    • Philo

      OOOOOOOOOOOOOOBlastski! Hey bud, you think you’re gonna get laid-off now that Pappa Putin is going to reform the commie spy network?

      • William C.

        Yeah, they probably won’t have positions for RUSSIA STRONG!!! types screaming on the internet anymore.

        • crackedlenses

          Alas, our dear Comrade is about to discover just how much he is valued by the Motherland….

    • Oblat

      Gee the patients seem agitated, is Rainman on the TV again ?

      • crackedlenses

        No, they’re beginning to overrun the doctors. Better find your pitchfork-proof suit, Comrade….

  • Nick

    Kill off all the leakers, make them pay with their lives for trying to alter our security here in the west. They have made themselves enemies of the state for many countries and its time to pay the price and be damned with thier petty human rights.

    • Oblat

      You sound like a man with few human rights yourself.

      • crackedlenses

        You, on the other hand, only have the rights most graciously granted to you by the Motherland. Pot calls the kettle black if I am not mistaken, Comrade Oblat……

        • Oblat

          There are plenty of Americans who don’t share your aspirations for a police state.

          They aren’t as ready to hand over their rights for vague assurances because the bottom line is they just aren’t as scared as you.

          • crackedlenses

            You, my friend, cannot comprehend a police state because it would be what you would consider “normal”; just because everyone around you seems crazy doesn’t mean you are the only sane one……

  • Nick

    “He hides behind the shield of “freedom of speech” yet his true colors have been show as some anti-American, radical left, solder-hating coward who wants the United States to bow down before the world.”

    This is the best summary of him i’ve read so far, kill him off.

  • Philo

    All throughout history, “free” societies understood the need to keep many things secret. The founders of the democratic process were electing autocrats during times of conflict 500 years before Jesus walked the Earth.
    Our government being PUBLICLY deceptive AND secretive played a pivotal role in defeating the Euro-fascists and the imperial Japanese. But hey, would have been better if we all had a big, hippy circle-jerk and told everyone our secrets right?

    In the end all this pasty-skinned buffoon and his brain-dead supporters will have accomplished is to drop a massive load of new laws and regulations down on the heads of all internet users. Any of you wikifools ever think of that?

    • blight

      I just thought of a world war two wikileaks:

      -British MKULTRA program decrypting German communications
      -Americans seize Japanese codes
      -America reeling after Coral Sea: short on carriers
      -8th Army Air Force severely understrength after Regensburg

      or…

      -RAF stretched to breaking point, if the Luftwaffe can continue attacking without refocusing on London England is done for

  • Oblat

    One of the new rules is that air-force personal who inadvertently read a New York times article on wikileaks have to report themselves for counseling. Perhaps they should extend it to having bad thoughts and have a confessional box at every base. I know a few here be rushing over to confess.

    Pretty hilarious but it just goes to show that Assange is right. When we have organizations that not sane enough to deal with basic issues like democracy and freedom then perhaps we need to let them implode and start again.

    • blight

      Oblat: Before long we’ll have political officers. Loyalty to the state must be ensured. Dissent will be monitored. Treason will be cauterized!

  • Philo

    “Don’t leak my address: Astonishing plea from WikiLeaks boss as he tries to get bail…But the move was dismissed by District Judge Howard Riddle, who ruled not to reveal the address would conflict with Assange’s commitment to open justice…”

    Nuff said right there…..

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