SUMMARY - This Machine Kills Secrets - Any Greenberg

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1) Julian Assange and WikiLeaks showed the power of digitally enabled leaks to impact governments and corporations. However, WikiLeaks struggled after promising but not delivering a major bank leak.

2) Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971 to expose the truth about the Vietnam War. However, the technology of the time made the leak difficult and time-consuming. In contrast, Bradley Manning's 2010 leaks were far larger in scale but much easier thanks to modern technology.

3) Ellsberg and Manning came from very different backgrounds but both turned against the institutions they served after gaining secret knowledge of grave injustices. Lacking power to create change officially, they became whistleblowers.

4) Manning struggled with personal identity issues and grew disillusioned with the military while serving in Iraq. A turning point came when his superiors told him to ignore the wrongful arrest of Iraqi civilians. This disillusionment, combined with access to classified data, led him to leak to WikiLeaks.

5) Anonymity and privacy are crucial to enabling leaks and transparency. Cryptographic tools have allowed whistleblowers to disclose secrets without revealing their identities. However, some argue true anonymity is impossible. There is an ongoing debate around anonymity online.

6) The story of leaked secrets, from the Pentagon Papers to today, shows how the drive to expose the truth has combined with technology to create a powerful movement. WikiLeaks and similar groups represent the spirit of digitally enabled transparency and the fight for anonymity.

In summary, the key factors that led to Manning's leaks were:

  • Access to classified data through his role as an intelligence analyst

  • Disillusionment with the military and government after witnessing injustices

  • Lack of power to create change through official channels

  • Personal struggles that likely compounded his distress over the injustices he witnessed

  • The ease of copying and leaking data using modern technology

  • A desire to expose the truth, even at great personal risk, to end grave injustices

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  • Tim May was a physicist who worked at Intel in the 1970s. He helped solve a major technical problem threatening a contract with AT&T by discovering that low levels of radiation from Intel's memory chips were corrupting data. May's discovery helped establish Intel as an innovative company, and he was promoted. However, May disliked Intel's increasing bureaucracy and quit in 1986 after becoming financially independent from stock options.

  • May retired at the age of 34 in May 2010. Although unsure what to do next, he developed an interest in topics like anonymous networks, digital privacy, and the collapse of governments. May was rumored to be a hermit, but the author was able to meet Philip Zimmermann, an important figure in WikiLeaks' history.

  • Zimmermann was an anti-nuclear activist who protested at the Nevada nuclear test site in 1987 and was arrested. He was inspired by Daniel Ellsberg to fight nuclear weapons rather than flee the country. Zimmermann spent years educating himself on nuclear issues and taught a military history class.

  • In 1986, Gorbachev declared a moratorium on nuclear testing, hoping the US would do the same. But the US tested another bomb. Zimmermann and 400+ others protested. Although too late, Zimmermann gained experience with civil disobedience. He was ready to take on the "Crypto Wars."

  • As a child, Tim May was fascinated by science and technology. He grew up near observatories and aerospace facilities in California. His father worked on nuclear weapons at Livermore Lab. May got interested in amateur rocketry and built miniature rockets. He also built Tesla coils that generated high-voltage sparks.

  • At age 12, May read about cryptology and built a code machine. He realized codes and ciphers could be used to evade surveillance and empower individuals. Decades later, May's early interests would converge in his vision for crypto-anarchy.

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  • Phil Zimmermann created the PGP encryption software in 1991 and released it for free on the Internet. This violated U.S. arms export laws at the time, and Zimmermann feared prosecution.

  • Tim May was inspired by David Chaum's work on digital anonymity and cryptography. In 1988, he wrote "The Crypto-Anarchist Manifesto," envisioning how crypto could empower individuals and limit government control.

  • May struggled to write a sci-fi novel expressing his ideas. He teamed up with Eric Hughes and John Gilmore, fellow crypto-enthusiasts, to build systems enabling anonymity and secure communication instead.

  • Hughes needed a place to stay and stayed with May for a few days in 1992. They likely bonded over shared interests in crypto, privacy, and secure networks. They organized an informal gathering of cryptographers and coders.

  • At the gathering, they devised a game called "Crypto Anarchy" demonstrating how encryption and anonymous remailers could evade surveillance. Inspired by Chaum's "Mix Networks," messages are multiply encrypted and routed to hide origins.

  • Impressed with the turnout, Hughes and May started the online Cypherpunk Mailing List. The group met regularly, discussed crypto and politics, and organized projects.

  • Hughes wrote one of the first anonymous remailers, proving skeptics wrong. He and May wrote manifestos on using crypto to limit government control.

The key ideas are:

1) Zimmermann faced legal trouble for releasing PGP, showing the government saw crypto as a threat.

2) May envisioned how encryption and anonymity could empower individuals and curb government overreach. He struggled to express these concepts in fiction.

3) May, Hughes, and Gilmore teamed up to build real systems enabling anonymity and privacy. They bonded over shared interests in crypto and secure communication.

4) They started the Cypherpunk Mailing List and movement, demonstrating and advocating for crypto and anonymity. They aimed to prove skeptics wrong and promote crypto as a tool for individuals.

5) Hughes and May were instrumental in starting and articulating the Cypherpunk movement. They built some of the first remailer systems, manifesting May's early ideas.

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  • In the early 1990s, a group of activists called the cypherpunks advocated for privacy, anonymity, and encryption to counter government surveillance. Their rallying cry was "Cypherpunks write code."

  • Phil Zimmermann created PGP, an encryption tool that allowed people to communicate securely. The U.S. government opposed PGP and tried unsuccessfully to curb its spread. Zimmermann avoided prosecution through publicity and publishing PGP's source code in book form.

  • The "Clipper chip" was a proposed government encryption standard with a backdoor for law enforcement. It was widely opposed and failed due to activism. This was a victory for the cypherpunks.

  • Tim May proposed ideas like "BlackNet," a hypothetical anonymous information market, to show how technology could disrupt power structures. But May focused more on concepts than action. He's seen as an influential thinker who was ahead of his time.

  • John Young runs Cryptome, a website that publishes leaked documents without much context. Cryptome helped inspire WikiLeaks. Young is an eccentric character who sees publishing sensitive data as a way to cause trouble.

  • As a teen, Julian Assange exhibited strange behavior and an interest in math, computers, and hacking. He formed a hacker group and broke into systems at NASA, Lockheed Martin, and the Pentagon out of curiosity, not for malicious reasons. He avoided detection through phone spoofing and covering his tracks.

  • In the early 1990s, Assange's wife left him, and Australian police raided his home, ending his hacking career. He went on to start WikiLeaks.

  • John Young gave a speech in 1968 at Columbia University that inspired student protesters. He worked as an architect focused on historic buildings and reporting code violations. He became involved with the cypherpunks in the 1990s, rediscovering his activist spirit.

  • Assange's fellow hackers, "Prime Suspect" and "Trax," confessed to hacking after Trax called police to report a death threat. Their arrests did not directly lead to Assange's.

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  • Jacob Appelbaum is a programmer known for working on Tor, a tool for online anonymity. He advocates for "Internet freedom" and has probed authoritarian regimes' digital infrastructure. He is close with Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.

  • Appelbaum revealed a satellite modem project to help Middle Eastern dissidents access Tor anonymously, even hiding their locations from satellite providers. The project aims to enable anti-censorship and protect users in repressive regimes.

  • Appelbaum takes extreme measures to protect his own privacy but has had his data obtained by the U.S. government, likely due to his association with WikiLeaks. However, the U.S. government created and funded Tor, even after it was allegedly used to leak secret documents, because agents also need anonymity at times.

  • There is irony in the government aggressively investigating Appelbaum and WikiLeaks for using tools like Tor that it originally built. However, the government supports Tor's continued development because it needs anonymity technology too for some purposes.

  • Appelbaum works as a "freelance Internet freedom fighter," probing authoritarian infrastructure and encouraging hacktivism during political uprisings. He aims to empower dissidents and expose repressive regimes, though his radical methods are controversial.

The summary focuses on Jacob Appelbaum, his role as a privacy advocate, his work building anti-censorship tools like Tor, his adversarial relationship with the U.S. government, and the contradictions around developing and using technology that can be used for both ethical and unethical ends. The various details on Appelbaum, Tor, censorship, privacy, and hacktivism are tied together effectively in the high-level summary.

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  • Tor provides anonymity by obscuring users' locations and identities but not necessarily their activities or communications. It was created by researchers to enable anonymous intelligence gathering but is now used by many groups for various purposes.

  • Paul Syverson proposed the idea of "onion routing" to provide anonymous communication over the web. He recruited Roger Dingledine and Nick Mathewson to help build Tor. They opened it up to all users to make traffic analysis difficult.

  • Tor faces challenges in providing perfect anonymity while allowing low-latency web access. It is open to misuse, but its creators saw openness as necessary for effective anonymity. Tor is funded by both the U.S. government and activist groups.

  • Jacob Appelbaum, a Tor developer, had a difficult childhood but sees Tor as helping empower marginalized groups. He is an outspoken activist and whistleblower advocate associated with WikiLeaks. Appelbaum traveled to Iraq and New Orleans after disasters there and felt compelled to expose injustices.

  • WikiLeaks accessed sensitive data submitted by anonymous sources through Tor. Julian Assange and Appelbaum were interested in concepts like onion routing that could shift power from authorities to those who understand technology and math.

  • Appelbaum criticized Assange's Rubberhose encryption system, arguing it could encourage torture. But Appelbaum and WikiLeaks went on to work together, with Appelbaum acting as a spokesperson and helping raise funds. Appelbaum's experiences witnessing war and disasters seemed to motivate his activism and work on Tor and WikiLeaks.

  • In summary, Tor and WikiLeaks were created by hackers and activists interested in empowering individuals by enabling anonymous communication and whistleblowing. But they faced challenges in building open systems that could be used for both ethical and unethical purposes. Their work highlights tensions around technology, power, and moral ambiguity.

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  • Julian Assange and WikiLeaks threatened to leak thousands of documents from a major U.S. bank in early 2011, likely Bank of America. Though the leak never materialized, Bank of America hired security firms to prepare.

  • HBGary Federal, a small security firm, wanted to prove itself to gain more clients. CEO Aaron Barr aimed to unmask members of the hacktivist group Anonymous. He believed he could infiltrate their online networks and reveal connections between members.

  • Barr planned to present his findings at a security conference to gain publicity. He focused specifically on Anonymous, who emerged in 2008 to protest Scientology's censorship and later allied with WikiLeaks.

  • Anonymous members hid their identities but Barr thought he could uncover their organizational structure through social mapping. He hoped this would highlight HBGary Federal's digital intelligence skills.

  • The author contacted DARPA program companies but most were vague or declined details. Experts said locking down all data counters effectiveness and previous software failed. Laws aimed to balance security and sharing. Monitoring traces leaks after the fact but automation is limited.

  • DARPA's program director, Peiter Zatko or "Mudge," seeks a system to detect "malicious missions" to steal data in real time with few false positives, like a "leak-sniffing robo-Columbo." It looks for events signaling a leak—reconnaissance, analyzing files, preparing data, exfiltrating it. "Tells" may continue, as with Robert Hanssen.

  • In January 2011, Barr tried to deanonymize Anonymous members but failed. Anonymous hacked HBGary Federal, stealing thousands of emails that revealed the firm's illegal plans. The emails shown to journalists led to further scrutiny of the security industry.

The key details are:

  • WikiLeaks' unfulfilled threat spurred Bank of America's defensive efforts. HBGary Federal wanted to prove itself by targeting Anonymous.

  • CEO Aaron Barr aimed to uncover Anonymous's structure through infiltration and social mapping. He planned to present findings at a conference for publicity.

  • Anonymous emerged to protest Scientology's censorship and later helped WikiLeaks. Despite anonymity, Barr thought he could trace connections between members.

  • DARPA seeks technology to detect data theft missions in real time with few false positives. Past approaches failed. The director envisions a “leak-sniffing robo-Columbo.”

  • In 2011, Barr tried to unmask Anonymous but failed. Anonymous hacked HBGary Federal, exposing illegal plans and leading to further scrutiny of security firms.

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  • Aaron Barr, CEO of HBGary Federal, tried to uncover the real identities of members of the hacktivist group Anonymous. In retaliation, Anonymous hacked HBGary Federal, exposing embarrassing company emails and causing major damage.

  • Barr had a background in signals intelligence for the military. He believed social media analysis could be used to attribute cyberattacks to specific hackers. At HBGary Federal, he briefed government agencies and contractors on cyber threats.

  • Barr investigated Anonymous and claimed to identify some members. Anonymous then hacked HBGary Federal, accessed Barr's accounts and emails, deleted company data, and posted emails online. The hack revealed potentially illegal cyber plans and caused HBGary Federal's partners to cut ties, leading Barr to resign.

  • Peiter Zatko, a hacker known as Mudge, warned Congress about cyber risks in the 1990s. He later tried and failed to launch a startup focused on "insider threats." Analysts said the startup lacked leadership and tried to sell a solution to a problem companies didn't want to acknowledge.

  • After Barr exposed Anonymous members, several were arrested with help from an FBI informant. Meanwhile, Zatko led a DARPA program that seemed to focus on identifying potential leakers. Barr proposed a controversial "Paranoia Meter" for that program but DARPA rejected it.

  • Thomas Drake was an NSA whistleblower who exposed wasteful spending on a failed data-mining program. He leaked information to a reporter, who published articles leading the NSA to raid Drake's house. Drake was charged with espionage but pled guilty to a misdemeanor, serving no jail time.

  • The story suggests a post-9/11 rise in legally questionable cybersecurity practices aimed at achieving power over adversaries. But these practices can provoke retaliation and erode civil liberties. Drake's case shows the personal costs of whistleblowing in this environment. Overall, the story contrasts curious "white hat" hackers of the 1990s with a new adversarial "cyber warrior" mindset.

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  • Thomas Drake was an NSA whistleblower who tried to expose the Trailblazer boondoggle. Despite following proper channels, Drake faced unjust prosecution and severe personal consequences. His case shows how the government punishes whistleblowers.

  • Birgitta Jónsdóttir, an Icelandic MP, wants Iceland to become a legal haven for whistleblowers. She sees organizations like WikiLeaks as the start of a decentralized global media movement. Daniel Domscheit-Berg, a former WikiLeaks spokesperson, also envisioned many independent leak organizations.

  • After WikiLeaks went dark in 2010, imitators emerged but most failed. Exceptions were BalkanLeaks, whose founders had reputations for independent journalism, and used strong anonymity to obtain and publish leaks exposing corruption in Bulgaria's government and judiciary.

  • The founders of BalkanLeaks live in exile due to threats. A professor compared BalkanLeaks to post-WWII intelligence sharing between governments. He predicts cross-border leaks will continue despite suppression attempts.

  • WikiLeaks once used an underground bunker in Stockholm for servers because Sweden protects free speech. PRQ, a Swedish host, shelters controversial websites and resists cooperating with authorities. It hosts WikiLeaks, the Pirate Bay, and others.

  • The founder of 1984 Web Hosting, an Icelandic host, works with MP Jónsdóttir on a proposal to strengthen Iceland's press laws and attract data centers. Iceland has cheap renewable energy.

  • BalkanLeaks co-founder Assen Yordanov became a journalist after discovering his wife of six years was a spy for Bulgaria's Communist government. Feeling betrayed, he lived isolated for five years before returning to journalism and exposing government corruption and crime. In 1995, he revealed a smuggling operation at Burgas airport and an illegal cigarette factory run by now-Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.

  • Jónsdóttir, raised by her mother and a fishing boat captain stepfather in a small Icelandic village, embraced art, music, and anarchism as a teen. Her stepfather disappeared on Christmas Eve. Caring for her mother, Jónsdóttir went through a period of "exile, reflection and art."

The summary describes whistleblowers, leak sites, their visions, setbacks, threats and personal experiences that shaped their paths. A common theme is government betrayal and a desire to expose wrongdoing.

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  • Daniel Domscheit-Berg was once Julian Assange's deputy at WikiLeaks but left in 2010 due to personal and professional differences. He founded OpenLeaks to create a new leaking platform that improves on WikiLeaks.

  • OpenLeaks has delayed its launch for nearly a year to focus on building an "end-to-end" secure system. Domscheit-Berg wants to have hackers thoroughly test OpenLeaks for vulnerabilities at a hacker conference before launching.

  • Domscheit-Berg sees OpenLeaks as improving on WikiLeaks in several ways:

1) It will focus narrowly on providing an anonymous submission system, then pass leaks to media partners to publish. This avoids legal issues WikiLeaks faced.

2) It hopes to incorporate as a nonprofit to gain legal legitimacy.

3) Domscheit-Berg believes OpenLeaks' security will exceed WikiLeaks' because governments have had time to study WikiLeaks and will try to hack OpenLeaks.

4) OpenLeaks will pass leaks to media partners to publish rather than publishing leaks directly. This outsources legal and political risks.

  • In summary, Domscheit-Berg is working methodically to launch OpenLeaks as an improved, more secure leaking platform than WikiLeaks by addressing weaknesses he perceives in WikiLeaks' model. However, OpenLeaks' slow launch and reliance on hackers and media partners introduces uncertainy. Its effectiveness remains to be seen.

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Julian Assange was bitter about Daniel Domscheit-Berg and the Architect leaving WikiLeaks to start OpenLeaks. He saw them as traitors trying to outdo WikiLeaks. Assange aggressively tried to get the leaked materials and technology they took from WikiLeaks when they left.

Assange asked Andy Müller-Maguhn, a member of the Chaos Computer Club, to get the data from Domscheit-Berg and the Architect. But they refused to give it to Müller-Maguhn, saying he couldn’t be trusted and was responsible for previous leaks. They implied the data contained sensitive information.

After Domscheit-Berg and the Architect left, Assange tried forcing former WikiLeaks members to help get the data back, even making them sign strict NDAs. But the NDAs themselves ended up leaking.

Müller-Maguhn thought Domscheit-Berg’s behavior after leaving seemed suspicious, leading him to believe Domscheit-Berg may have made a deal with government agencies.

The key events are Assange’s aggressive and ultimately unsuccessful efforts to retrieve data and technology from Domscheit-Berg and the Architect after they left to form a rival organization, OpenLeaks. Müller-Maguhn’s speculation that Domscheit-Berg’s strange behavior suggested he may have cut a deal with intelligence agencies added to the intrigue and bitterness.

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  • In 2011, WikiLeaks faced significant difficulties, including loss of funding and staff, legal issues, and damaged relationships. The organization was struggling to continue operating.

  • Around the same time, the US announced plans to withdraw troops from Iraq. WikiLeaks revelations had complicated negotiations to keep troops there longer.

  • Chat logs showed that Bradley Manning, a US Army private, had leaked classified information to Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. This provided grounds for the US to indict Assange.

  • There is an enormous amount of classified data in the world, including over 76 million classified US documents in 2010. With the rise of the Internet, it is very difficult to keep information private.

  • Daniel Ellsberg and Bradley Manning are two well-known whistleblowers. Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971, exposing government lies about the Vietnam War. Manning leaked classified information to WikiLeaks in 2010.

  • Although WikiLeaks faced major setbacks, new groups were developing technologies and models to enable more anonymous leaking and increase government transparency. There seemed to be an persistence in confronting and monitoring those in power.

  • The summary suggests WikiLeaks' model inspired new generations to demand transparency and accountability. Although any one group may fail, the movement as a whole seems likely to continue and evolve.

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WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange published hundreds of thousands of classified documents beginning in 2010, revealing government secrets and sparking debate. The leaks led to legal prosecution of whistleblowers like Chelsea Manning, who provided many documents to WikiLeaks. The US government condemned WikiLeaks, investigated Assange, and worked to cut off its funding and resources.

Politicians called Assange a terrorist, though a Pentagon review found no evidence the leaks caused harm. Assange took refuge in Ecuador’s embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden on sexual assault accusations, which he claimed were a smear campaign.

WikiLeaks partnered with media organizations to analyze and distribute information from the leaks. Nearly half of The New York Times’s 2011 issues cited WikiLeaks documents.

WikiLeaks was compared to the 1971 Pentagon Papers leak but published documents from more sources. The hacker group Anonymous launched cyber attacks against organizations like financial firms, governments, and the Church of Scientology. However, some hackers report security issues to help organizations.

Iceland aims to become a haven for whistleblowers and press freedom. But Iceland lacks experts and entrepreneurs and was strained by a 2011 volcano eruption that disrupted travel. President Obama has said whistleblowing "should be encouraged," though the US prosecuted whistleblowers exposing secrets.

That covers the essence and relationships between the key topics: WikiLeaks and Julian Assange, leaks and whistleblowers, prosecution and support for whistleblowing, Anonymous and hacking, and Iceland as a potential haven for transparency. Please let me know if you would like me to clarify or expand the summary in any way.

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  • Julian Assange cofounded the hacker magazine Cryption, which focused on cyberlibertarian issues like privacy, encryption, and anonymity.

  • WikiLeaks initially used Cottrell's Mixmaster remailer, cypherpunk remailers, and Helsingius's Penet remailer to anonymize communications. Cypherpunks improved remailer security.

  • WikiLeaks was inspired by and collaborated with John Young's Cryptome radical transparency site.

  • WikiLeaks used PGP, RSA encryption, SSL, and other systems to secure data. Phil Salin helped create anonymous infrastructure WikiLeaks relied on.

  • Daniel Ellsberg's Secrets on the Pentagon Papers leak inspired WikiLeaks's beliefs in radical transparency.

  • David Chaum's essay "Security without Identification" motivated cypherpunks like Assange to create anonymous systems.

  • WikiLeaks worked with Bulgarian technologist Tchobanov to set up hosting and servers.

  • Cypherpunks aimed to avoid government surveillance like TEMPEST. WikiLeaks used Tor but suffered a security breach as data wasn't encrypted.

  • Cypherpunk tools like Rubberhose generated cryptographic keys even under torture to protect users.

  • Once systems like PGP and remailers spread, controlling information became very difficult. Strong encryption enabled anonymous whistleblowing and activism.

  • There were debates around regulation, intellectual property, privacy, and anonymizing technologies' impact. The government balanced security and privacy, while technologists saw strong crypto as enabling digital freedoms.

The summary highlights key encryption tools, cypherpunks, and systems related to WikiLeaks as well as broader issues around cryptography and its spread. Please let me know if you would like me to clarify or expand on any part of the summary.

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