British hacker faces 10 years in prison for attacks
A British hacker has been found guilty for his part in a Distributed Denial of Service attack against payment services. Anonymous member Christopher Weatherhead, attacked MasterCard, Visa, and Paypal after they turned away from processing payments for Wikileaks, as well as music industry companies, in attacks costing those involved over $5.6 million.
Testimony: Wikileaks cables don't match Manning's
Special Agent David Shaver, an Army forensic investigator who found thousands of diplomatic documents on the Army computer of suspected WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning, revealed in court that secret cables found on Manning's computer didn't match any of the ones WikiLeaks released. According to Wired, Shaver on Sunday testified he had found 10,000 US diplomatic cables in HTML format on the Manning's work computer, along with 100,000 complete cables converted to base-64 encoding. Shaver only said he compared some of the documents on the notebook with the published WikiLeaks articles.
Spy Files from Wikileaks show surveillance gear
Wikileaks has a web page called the Spy Files that shows off a number of Internet surveillance products meant for government agencies. The confidential brochures and slide presentations are made for law enforcement and authoritarian regimes and can be used to spy on the public and track political dissidents. In all, Wikileaks has 287 files for products from 160 companies and promises to reveal even more in the future.
LulzSec hints IDs real but payload still waiting
A Sunday interview with an unnamed LulzSec member has reportedly validated talke of exposed identities but also given the group a bargaining chip. The source's conversation with the AP maintained that at least some of the personal info was real and a "distraction." He was considering getting out of hacking altogether, although he suggested that support of the AntiSec political movement would lead some to contribute to Anonymous.
Raises censorship concerns
An Apple spokesperson has provided a brief explanation of why an unofficial Wikileaks app was pulled from the App Store. "We removed WikiLeaks because it violated developer guidelines," the representative says. "An app must comply with all local laws. It may not put an individual or target group in harms way."
Could spark retaliation from supporters
Apple has pulled an unofficial Wikileaks app from the App store for the iPhone and iPad without explanation. The paid $2 app purported to offer users the ability to get “instant access to the world’s most documented leakage of top-secret memos and other confidential government documents.” Just as interesting as the app’s disappearance is that it made it through Apple’s notorious approval process in the first instance. Developer Igor Barinov supplied TechCrunch an image of the official Apple status update (included below).
US DoD bans removable storage in Wikileaks fight
The US Department of Defense has banned all forms of removable digital storage from being used on its computers in a bid to stop Wikileaks and similar exposures, an ironic leak from the military has revealed. A December 3 "Cyber Control Order" from Air Force Network Operations commander Major General Richard Webber has demanded that staff "immediately cease use" of writable CDs, DVDs, USB flash drives and other media for any system connected to SIPRNET, its secret system. Wired heard it was a direct response to an August review following the first wave of major leaks, which was made possible by PFC Brad Manning burning documents to a CD.