If you were wondering what WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has in common with a super-villain, wonder no more. It’s his desire for an eccentric base of operations. According to sources inside WikiLeaks, the site is looking for a new server location, and some bizarre options have been explored including a certain micro-nation sea platform you might remember.
Love it or hate it, you have to admit one thing about WikiLeaks: trying to read hundreds of thousands of leaked documents can sure put a strain on your peepers. Leak lovers won't have to battle eye strain for too much longer, however. WikiLeaks recently announced that Julian Assange, the controversial man behind the controversial site, will host a ten episode TV show about "The world tomorrow" starting in March.
Whether you love ‘em or hate ‘em, there’s no denying that WikiLeaks posts stuff that lots of folks would rather remain hidden in the shadows. Those people have (kind of) gotten their wish: WikiLeaks has said that it will temporarily halt its publishing operation to focus instead on raising cash. The reason for the dire financial straits? Many of the major global financial institutions in the world, including banks, credit card companies and even PayPal, have refused to process donations for the controversial site, causing a precipitous drop in funding.
Think you got a problem with telemarketers? Imagine being Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. While she might not get too many probing salesmen asking about the condition of her vinyl siding, Queen Beatrix may find her line clogged with inquirers wondering whether she has Prince Albert in a can before too long. That’s because the recent blast of unredacted diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks contains, gulp, Queen Beatrix’s residential phone number.
Whistleblower site WikiLeaks has gone ahead and published online its massive archive of unedited leaked U.S. diplomatic cables, exposing the names of thousands of informants and potentially putting them at risk of incarceration or deadly forms of retaliation. In the past, WikiLeaks made sure to edit out names of informants before publishing sensitive documents, and now that the cat is out of the bag, the finger pointing has begun.
Supporters of the WikiLeaks organization unwittingly released unedited versions of U.S. displomatic cables onto the Internet, potentially putting several lives at risk of retaliation. These are the same cables that were made public in November 2010, except the originals were edited to protect the names and identities of informants.
Remember Julian Assange? The WikiLeaks founder was, for a period of time in the tech world, public enemy number one. He both embarrassed and enraged the U.S. government by publishing thousands of classified U.S. documents and other sensitive information. He and his site dominated headlines long before LulzSec rode in and out of town, and he's back in them again, this time for trying to fight extradition to Sweden, according to an AP report.
Sorry Tupac Shakur fans, the former rapper is, to the best of everyone's knowledge, still dead. Tupac was gunned down nearly 15 years ago in the Las Vegas metropolitan area of Nevada and later died of respiratory failure and cardiac arrest. Conspiracy theorists believed that, like Elvis Presley, Tupac never actually died but took himself out of the public spotlight. A recent story on PBS's website appeared to substantiate these claims, except that it was all a hoax.
A federal judge today has granted the Department of Justice access to Twitter accounts related to the whistleblower site WikiLeaks. The DOJ will be able to learn what IP addresses and email addresses are attached to the accounts when they start digging in. The request was part of a grand jury investigate to determine whether WikiLeaks members violated US criminal law by releasing the diplomatic cables last year.
RIAA and MPAA are pulling out all the stops to suck the life out of file sharing sites like Megaupload and Rapidshare. Initially, they pinned their hopes on the contentious Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA), a bill that seeks to prevent credit card companies and payment processors from rendering their services to sites actively associated with infringing activities.
But with COICA effectively lying dead in the water ever since it was blocked by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), the powerful trade organizations have turned their focus to goading payment processors, ISPs and, ad networks into abandoning sites that aid piracy.
In a statement sent to ZeroPaid, Megaupload stressed that it’s actually “a legitimate business operating within the boundaries of the law” that has never been sued for copyright infringement. The company also downplayed the financial value of its relationship with MasterCard, even suggesting that should the credit card company cease payment processing for the popular file sharing site, “they will have a problem not us.”
Megaupload made it very clear that it isn’t too pleased with MasterCard’s activist zeal: “Are payment processors trying to become the legislature of the new decade? Will it be them, rather than elected governments, who decide what’s right and what’s wrong? Will ballots be replaced by wallets, will people cast their votes by choosing a conservative or a liberal credit card? First WikiLeaks, then cyberlockers – what’s next, and where will it end? Will you no longer be able to settle your ISP bill by MasterCard, as your carrier of choice may profit from copyright infringement?”