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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Secure Platform for Whistleblowers Launched

Secure Platform for Whistleblowers Launched

Secure Platform for Whistleblowers Launched

Added: Sunday, June 8th, 2014
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2013, www.extratorrent.cc

The Guardian, a UK-based newspaper known for publishing leaks from Edward Snowden, has launched a secure platform for whistleblowers that enables them to securely submit confidential data to the reporters. A year ago the Guardian posted the first of a series of NSA documents leaked by Snowden, which sparked a worldwide debate on surveillance and civil liberties.

A number of free speech and privacy groups and popular websites are also marking the day with a so-called Reset the Net campaign. They encourage Internet users to do something to secure their privacy on the Internet. In addition, some tech firms are also expected to announce new steps to protect users’ privacy.

The new SecureDrop open-source whistleblowing platform allows those who want to remain anonymous to submit files and data while avoiding online tracking. The platform combines the use of the well-known anonymizing technology (Tor network) and the Tails OS, which was used by the reporters to work on the NSA files leaked by Edward Snowden.

A number of outfits, including The New Yorker, the US non-commercial investigative newsroom ProPublica, and The Intercept startup, are already making use of the SecureDrop system, which was originally developed by a computer genius Aaron Swartz. The latter is known for committing suicide last year after facing pressure from the law enforcement for the mass downloading of academic articles. SecureDrop was finished after his death, and since then has been maintained and promoted by the non-commercial Freedom of the Press Foundation.

The Guardian announced that the page for requests on using the system is hosted on a separate server, includes no tracking cookies, and records no logs. In the meantime, regular Guardian webpages use tracking cookies to serve advertising. SecureDrop system is installed outside of the United Kingdom, as the UK government applied pressure to the Guardian, forcing the news organization to relocate its reporting on the files to the US.

The system was given an extensive security audit by a team of cryptographers a year ago and then updated to address the Heartbleed security vulnerability. However, SecureDrop specifically doesn’t promise 100% security, because its developers admit that there are always risks. Along with just sending classified content to the journalists, the system also allows for subsequent secure two-way communication between sources and reporters.

Posted by:  SuperAdmin
Date:  Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Comments (10) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2014-06-08 12:09:04)
anyb0dy avatardidn't do snowden any good tho lol

posted by Site FriendET loverTurtle (2014-06-09 10:11:52)
Carjacker avatar@anyb0dy
This is not the system that Snowden used to transfer files or communicate with the Guardian reporters. He used Lavabit email and did his interviews - which basically 'outted' him - to the Guardian while in Hong Kong waiting to take a plane to seek asylum somewhere because he knew doing the interviews would make him a target.

posted by (2014-06-09 11:51:51)
tobeannounced avatarthe gov illegally uses the patriot act to spy anyway, why dont they just get called on it to"reset the net". Food 4 thought

posted by menTurtle (2014-06-09 19:25:45)
ShadowTek avatar"Secure Platform for Whistleblowers Launched"

signed, your friends at the NSA, MI5/6.

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2014-06-09 23:54:47)
Embolism avatarWhilst we all now live in a Paranoid society propagated by fear,suspicion and mistrust from within as well as without by the very governments we have elected it must be noted that we are all playing according to their rules and its a one law for them and one law for us rule.
The NSA whinged like a spoilt child who had thrown its dummy out the window when Snowden outed them and they threatened to indict Bill Binney back in 2000 for the same prior to 2001 and the NSA`s Global Control of Cyberspace whitepaper,what seems to have gone unnoticed is the fact that GCHQ has collaborated with a foreign power to supply them with all our private data without our consent which is traitorous and which Snowden is accused of so where is the justice for us in all of this,as usual we the electorate have been hoodwinked with Bull puckey and threatened with Pedophiles ,Hackers,terrorists when the real threat to our security are the very countries we inhabit and the Governments we elect.

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2014-06-10 00:00:32)
Embolism avataras we all are aware man in the middle attacks have been done on Tor so I would look into sending via silent circle to whoever you are going to pass the data onto unless of course you are using a burner phone and mobile when sending it via Tor as well as using Orweb/Orbot.

posted by (2014-06-10 02:37:03)
No avatarscrew copyright laws..i will download what ever i want..and WHO IS GOING TO STOP ME...go fu#k yourself...

posted by (2014-06-10 12:41:14)
No avatarTorrent sites are voilating the rules of copyright there is not copyright on the internet

posted by (2014-06-12 09:52:26)
chadmurphy avatarI would not trust this nothing is secure.

posted by (2014-06-12 10:12:11)
silentvoodoo avatarI'd rather use SMS4Tor (Self destructing on read), interesting reddit post about it.

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