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Wikileaks Daily: Chaos Reigns As Assange Denied Bail

Another day, another flurry of media reports stemming from the ongoing leak of sensitive diplomatic cables by the Website Wikileaks. Reports have surfaced that the group is in disarray now that Wikileaks chief Julian Assange was denied bail by a UK court, even as hacktivists try to take down the Web sites of individuals and corporations that have been pulled into the scandal.

Sign of the Times: Shmoocon Tickets Scalped on eBay

How do you know when your alt.hacking conference has arrived? Maybe when scalpers are offering tickets for the event on eBay for almost three times the face value. That’s the situation the organizers of hacking conference Shmoocon have found themselves in, as illicit auctions for tickets to next year’s conference, to be held January 28-30, threatening to overshadow the event.


OK. It’s been just over a week since information leaking Web site Wikileaks released the first installment of leaked U.S. diplomatic cables, with each day bringing new documents from the purported hoard of some 250,000 pages, and new developments from a range of very pissed off Western governments.

Information leak Web site Wikileaks put out a call for volunteers willing to help the organization host its controversial documents. Claiming that the site was “under heavy attack,” Wikileaks posted an appeal on its Web site looking for individuals willing to help mirror the contents of Wikileaks now infamous Cablegate documents on a physical or virtual server. Within hours the site’s content was being mirrored at over 500 locations, according to a list provided by Wikileaks.

The Pentagon says the leak of diplomatic cables was an unforeseen
consequence of its policy to encourage information sharing. That’s
nonsense. When it comes to its failure to protect classified data, Uncle
Sam’s been warned before.  

Like the old adage that ‘he who rides a tiger is afraid to dismount,’ enterprises today are bounding along on the back of a particularly large and fearsome tiger. It’s called “consumer technology” and its shape is outlined by the myriad of devices and services that modern information workers are bringing to work and using – or want to use – to get their jobs done.

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