How Attorney General Eric Holder Colluded With Bank Of America To Destroy Wikileaks And Silence Unfriendly Journalists, Including Glenn Greenwald Note: This story was published by Wikileaks via Twitter to their 800,000 followers. In light of the Assange speech this weekend, we are reposting several Wikileaks stories. When we wrote a few weeks ago about Eric Holder, Wikileaks and Bank of America, we focused on the irony of the U.S. Attorney General threatening to prosecute an organization (Wikileaks) that possibly holds the very information on which he might draw up his very first indictment of a major bank or Wall Street executive. Why hasn't Eric Holder asked to see the evidence, which Wikileaks claims to have, that executives at one of our largest banks may have committed serious crimes? Let's be honest, Holder doesn't really give a rip about financial crimes, but the media should at least be asking him why he doesn't want to see the evidence.
Cerf: Governments shouldn?t have a monopoly on Internet governance The beauty of the Internet is that it’s not controlled by any one group. Its governance is bottoms-up—with academics, non-profits, companies and governments all working to improve this technological wonder of the modern world. This model has not only made the Internet very open—a testbed for innovation by anyone, anywhere—it's also prevented vested interests from taking control. But last week the UN Committee on Science and Technology announced that only governments would be able to sit on a working group set up to examine improvements to the IGF—one of the Internet’s most important discussion forums. This move has been condemned by the Internet Governance Caucus, the Internet Society (ISOC), the International Chamber of Commerce and numerous other organizations—who have published a joint letter (PDF) and launched an online petition to mobilize opposition.
WikiLeaks sites ordered by outages Note: Outage times display the minimum outage time which may understate each outage by up to 15 minutes, which is the sampling frequency. If you are researching prospective hosting locations, or performing competitor analysis and would like to buy bespoke performance monitoring of sites of your choice, or access to historical data, please mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org Interpreting the Tables Using the performance of a hosting provider's own site to determine the performance of the hosting companies network, is only indicative. By default the sites are ranked in order of failed requests and time to connect, shortest first, in order to give the clearest indication of network capacity and congestion, with the least impact from the performance of the companies' own web servers, though it is possible to sort by any column by clicking on the column heading.
Pro-WikiLeaks DDoS reprisals overrated, says expert News December 17, 2010 06:36 AM ET Computerworld - Headlines to the contrary, the WikiLeaks hacktivist attacks against Visa, MasterCard, PayPal and others last week were relatively small and disorganized, a security expert said. "Despite the press the attacks received, they were small potatoes," said Craig Labovitz, chief scientist at Arbor Networks in Chelmsford, Mass., and an authority on the security of the Internet's infrastructure. In a long post to Arbor's blog earlier in the week, Labovitz compared the scale and sophistication of the pro-WikiLeaks distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks to 5,000 confirmed DDoS attacks during 2010. Labovitz's conclusion: The WikiLeaks attacks were "unremarkable."
Is a UN Internet takeover looming? Not quite Perhaps you saw or heard the headlines last Friday or over the weekend: the United Nations could take over the Internet! (Or, as the Drudge Report put it, "UN PLANS INTERNET REGULATION.") This, you may not be surprised to learn, isn't quite accurate. A UN working group is currently talking about what, if anything, it could do to improve the operation of its Internet Governance Forum (IGF), a group devoted to dialogue but possessing no decision-making powers. The Creepy, Lovesick Emails of Julian Assange @truthtellah: Gotta disagree with you. Yes, there's a concerted effort to destroy his personal reputation, no question. But that doesn't mean he's NOT an ass. And being an ass doesn't mean you haven't done anything worthwhile. Lots of people who've come up with things like insulin and the telephone and such have been assholes.
Craig Aaron: The FCC's Guide to Losing Net Neutrality Without Really Trying Ever have to negotiate a contract or try to sell a used car? Would you start the give-and-take by naming the lowest price you're willing to accept and then try to get a better deal? Of course not. Yet somehow, that's the exact "strategy" the Obama administration seems intent on pursuing -- and not just on tax cuts for the richest Americans. The Washington Post's Greg Sargent described this pathology among Democrats in a post last week: The problem isn't that Dems aren't capable of winning an argument. Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten claims to have been leaked all 251,287 cables I'm a Norwegian with good intel on the media world, and can clear some things up for you guys. AFTENPOSTEN is a responsible quality newspaper with a staff of good journalists. It used to be moderat right wing, today it's in the political center, but it has for the last few decades held journalistic standards above any political leanings.
Assange Remains Behind Bars But Pro-WikiLeaks Hackers Continue Attacks WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will remain behind bars until he returns to a London courtroom Thursday to hear the appeal against his being released on bail. Lawyers acting for Swedish prosecutors have challenged a London judge's decision to free Assange on strict bail conditions, claiming the website founder is a flight risk. Assange is wanted in Sweden to answer to allegations of rape.
Timothy Karr: Obama FCC Caves on Net Neutrality Late Monday, a majority of the FCC's commissioners indicated that they're going to vote with Chairman Julius Genachowski for a toothless Net Neutrality rule. According to all reports, the rule, which will be voted on during tomorrow's FCC meeting, falls drastically short of earlier pledges by President Obama and the FCC Chairman to protect the free and open Internet. The rule is so riddled with loopholes that it's become clear that this FCC chairman crafted it with the sole purpose of winning the endorsement of AT&T and cable lobbyists, and not defending the interests of the tens of millions of Internet users. Welcome to AT&T's Internet For the first time in history of telecommunications law the FCC has given its stamp of approval to online discrimination. Instead of protecting openness on wireless Internet devices like the iPhone and Droid, the Commission has exempted the mobile Internet from Net Neutrality protections.
Slide Show: 18 Disturbing Things We Wouldn't Know Without WikiLeaks United States Embassy in London (1 of 19) “Nearly fifty days have passed since the WikiLeaks document release in late November, this one centering on US diplomatic cables and quickly dubbed ‘Cablegate,’” Greg Mitchell writes in his article in "Why WikiLeaks Matters." So far, WikiLeaks has released less than 3,000 cables from the 251,000-document cache, but already the media, politicians and the public are questioning the value of the leak. “It's important,” Mitchell writes, “to review a small sample of what we have learned thanks to WikiLeaks since April and the release of the 'Collateral Murder' US helicopter video, which showed the killing of two Reuters journalists, among others. It's necessary to do this because most in the US media, after brief coverage, provided little follow-up.” Here are a few of the things we have learned from WikiLeaks.
WikiLeaks a blueprint for things to come - Unleashed Find More Stories WikiLeaks a blueprint for things to come Mark Pesce WikiLeaks' Assange runner-up as Time Person of the Year WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has finished as a runner-up to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as Time's 2010 Person of the Year. The recognition, of course, is the least of the hacker-turned-whistleblower's concerns right now given that he's under house arrest in England following an arrest warrant issued by Swedish officials who want to question him regarding two rape allegations. Assange, an Australian, has been granted bail but remains in custody pending an appeal by Swedish authorities. Assange and his legal term assert that his arrest on Dec. 7 is related to WikiLeaks recent release of sensitive U.S. diplomatic cables. Also read: Best & Worst Celebrity Tech Moments of 2010 Assange and WikiLeaks have elicited widely varying reactions, being condemned by U.S. government officials but defended by the Internet Society (at least in terms of speaking out against online attacks on the WikiLeaks site ) and praised by Pentagon Papers exposer Daniel Ellsberg .