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Anonymous Attacks Tunisian Government, in Defense of WikiLeaks

The notorious band of hackers known as Anonymous has taken down the Tunisian government's website, in apparent retaliation for the country's decision to block WikiLeaks. The country's WikiLeaks embargo went into effect in early December, when the government blocked not only the whistle-blowing website, but any other news organization publishing diplomatic cables related to Tunisia. Officials also...

FBI Investigating Pro-WikiLeaks 'Operation Payback'

It's no secret that the U.S. government is going after WikiLeaks and its elusive founder Julian Assange. According to the Smoking Gun, however, federal authorities have been targeting its supporters, as well. Earlier this month, a group of pro-WikiLeaks hackers known as Anonymous began launching a series of coordinated cyber-attacks against companies that had severed ties with Julian Assange's...

Julian Assange Needs $1.5 Million Book Deal to Pay His Lawyers

Julian Assange isn't writing a memoir for himself. He's doing it for his lawyers. In an interview with the Sunday Times, the WikiLeaks founder said he expects to earn at least $1.5 million in book deals, and confirmed that he would use a lot of it to pay his mounting legal fees. "I don't want to write this book, but I have to," he explained. "I have already spent 200,000 pounds [$307,400]...

Bank of America Buys BrianMoynihanSucks.com Ahead of WikiLeaks Dump

WikiLeaks may be under intense scrutiny, and its founder Julian Assange may face criminal charges from a number of sources, but damning information waits for no man. There's strong reason to believe that WikiLeaks will be publishing information about Bank of America and its CEO, Brian Moynihan, in the very near future. Assange said in a recent interview that he would be releasing information about...

Julian Assange: FOX News Is Closer to Terrorism Than WikiLeaks

Say what you will about Julian Assange, but the guy's smart as a whip. In an interview with MSNBC yesterday, the WIkiLeaks captain eloquently and vehemently defended his First Amendment rights, while decrying the U.S. media's "digital McCarthyism," entailing a call for his assassination. As he sat in the English manor home where he is under house arrest, Assange looked cool under fire, dismissive...

Norwegian Newspaper Say it Has All of WikiLeaks' Diplomatic Cables

A Norwegian newspaper claims it has obtained roughly 250,000 of WikiLeak's classified diplomatic cables, although it's not exactly clear how it gained access to the documents. Ole Erik Almlid, managing editor of the Oslo-based daily Aftenposten, confirmed to CNN that his publication had indeed gotten hold of the entire file, but would not say how it had done so, or, more importantly, whether or...

Jaron Lanier on WikiLeaks: Information Doesn't Always Want to Be Free

"Would a world without secrets be fairer, or more compassionate? More efficient? Does it matter if some secrets are revealed before others?" Cyberpunk pundit, digital culture cognoscente and frequently professional contrarian Jaron Lanier wonders aloud about the value of WikiLeaks over at The Atlantic. Better and more authoritative analyses of the impact made by the leaked cables have been...

Julian Assange to Publish His Totally Transparent Memoirs

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange wants everyone to know everything about their governments. And apparently, he wants the world to know everything about Julian Assange, too. According to the Guardian, the 39-year-old Australian has sold his memoirs to a pair of publishing houses, and is expected to have a manuscript ready by March. In true WikiLeaks fashion, the news leaked via a recent tweet...

Fightin' Joe Biden Squares Off Against Julian Assange, Anonymous

If there is anybody in the U.S. government hardheaded and hotheaded enough to invoke the wrath of Anonymous, it's Joe Biden. Speaking to Meet the Press about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the vice president said, "[This] guy has done things that have damaged and put in jeopardy the lives and occupations of people in other parts of the world... For example, in my meetings -- you know I meet...

The Web Weighs In: Mark Zuckerberg as Time's 'Person of the Year'

Time magazine anointed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as its 'Person of the Year' yesterday, much to the surprise of many (but not all). The 26-year-old became the youngest person to take home the honor since the magazine chose Charles Lindbergh in 1927. Zuckerberg beat out runners-up Hamid Karzai, the Tea Party, the Chilean miners, and, most notably, Julian Assange. Time's editors wrote that...

London Judge Grants Bail to Julian Assange, Sweden Files Appeal

A court in London has granted bail to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, just a few days after the elusive Australian turned himself in to the authorities. The 39-year old is facing allegations of rape, molestation and illegal use of force, stemming from separate alleged incidents in Stockholm reported over the summer. Assange came to British police last week in response to a European arrest...

'WikiLeaks: The Game' Makes Data Espionage Seem Boring

Like most cultural phenomena, the WikiLeaks scandal has inspired its own Flash game. In this simple time-waster (embedded after the break), you play as Julian Assange, who must download documents from President Obama's laptop while he naps in the Oval Office. There isn't a lot of depth here, either intellectually or gameplay-wise, but it'll help you get one step closer to quitting time....

Attack on Gawker Spawns Twitter 'Açai Berry' Spam

Yesterday, Gawker announced that its servers had been hacked, and that more than a million of its user account passwords had been compromised. According to the site, all passwords were encrypted, but "simple ones may be vulnerable to a brute-force attack." Gawker recommended that all users change their passwords on its platform, and on any other site where they had used the same password. The...

Anonymous Explains Pro-Wikileaks Campaign, Unveils Softer Tactics

The group attacking Visa, PayPal and MasterCard want the world to know that it has absolutely no intention of wreaking widespread havoc -- it just wants to defend Wikileaks, that's all. The group, known as Anonymous, issued a press release today, and reassured average consumers that the so-called 'Operation: Payback' definitely won't put their personal data at risk. "We do not want to steal...

WikiLeaks Distances Itself From Anonymous Hackers, Military Bans Thumb Drives

Now that WikiLeaks has leaked thousands of sensitive documents into the world, the U.S. military is stepping up its efforts to make sure that it won't happen again. According to Wired, the military has decided to ban all personnel from using DVDs, CDs, thumb drives and any other form of removable media that can transfer data from computer to portable device. Anyone who violates the policy will...