Monday, December 6, 2010

So Wikileaks is "aiding and abetting": It's getting silly out there; also, leaks on UFO's, Chinese hacking, Russian instability

CBS News has a story saying that the government fears that Wikileaks is making infrastructure node points marks for terrorism; some are not well protected and might give people “ideas”. I’ve personally always found this kind of thinking rather infantile. Vital infrastructures should be well protected, and not left with weaknesses that are “secrets in plain sight”. (Remember the “bump keys” fiasco a few years ago?)

The link for the CBS story, by David Martin, is here.

I remember similar concerns being expressed about many website shortly after 9/11. Over time, the panic died down.

CNET reports (and EFF disseminated on Twitter) that MasterCard has pulled the plug on contributions to Wikileaks, here.  For now, Wikileaks can be reached by changing the TLD to “.ch”. (No, I won’t give the direct link. Figure it out. It isn’t hard.)

CNET also reports that Assange has said that some of the leaked cables refer to UFO’s (see my TV blog Dec. 2 regarding Dick Cheney’s elliptical comments.)

But James Glanz and John Markoff of the New York Times have a disturbing story (Sunday Dec. 5) “Vast hacking by a China fearful of the Web”, discussing 2009 cables recently published by Wikileaks, link here.  The Chinese are worried that “the Web cannot be controlled.”

The NYTimes has also dicussed leaks dealing with serious instability in Russia.

It seems as though the fearmongering in Congress and among politicians over Assange is totally out of control.

Why is the government so careless that secrets get out so quickly?  Even as information is share among various departments and agencies, why isn't it secured?  How classified is this info, really, if everybody could see it?  Same question about other countries.  Don't information classfication systems in the workplace (TS, SCI, crypto, etc) work at all?

Update: Dec 7

George Washington University (where I got my BA in Math in 1966) has advised students not to cite Wikileaks in academic work, not because of any university objection on academic integrity grounds, but because a documented record of a student's having knowingly accessed classified information could jeopardize a security clearance at a job in the future, link here.

Dec. 9

See my main "BillBoushka" blog. Are people who comment on Wikileaks documents online risking getting security clearances? Also, today, MasterCard, Visa and PayPal had DOS outages, now resolved.

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