Alleged Wikileaks Use of P2P to Siphon Documents

Eugen Leitl eugen at
Thu Jan 20 07:52:37 PST 2011

On Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 10:37:20AM -0500, John Young wrote:
> Is the report below both technologically and legally credible or just

Publishing via an anonymous Internet connection directly to P2P
makes sense, and scanning for such information does also make
sense, as you can't notify Wikileaks about a document published
without drawing even more scrutiny to you.

Whether this is happening, or the Tiversa is just being a blowhard
will be difficult to say without further evidence, either from WL
or from Tiversa.

> typical cybersecrurity farting for news coverage? What are the P2P 
> Hackers saying about it? 

P2P hackers (mostly) write code, so I don't think they're privy to this.
I can ask, of course.
> Recall Assange claimed to have a million files on hand at the start of 
> Wikileaks and says WL continued to received millions more until recently. 
> To be sure, WL always maximizes counts of whatever it claims to have, 
> the cables amounting to some 261M _words_ of which a 1% have been 
> made public although the statistically insignificant percentage is never 
> farted.
> -photo-networks-to-get-classified-data.html
> Snippet:
> WikiLeaks, condemned by the U.S. government for posting secret data leaked 
> by insiders, may have used music- and photo-sharing networks to obtain and 
> publish classified documents, according to a computer security firm.
> Tiversa Inc., a company based in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, has 
> evidence that WikiLeaks, which has said it doesn?t know who provides it with 
> information, may seek out secret data itself, using so-called
> "peer-to-peer" networks, 
> Chief Executive Officer Robert Boback claimed. He said the government is 
> examining evidence that Tiversa has turned over.
> The company, which has done investigative searches on behalf of U.S. agencies 
> including the FBI, said it discovered that computers in Sweden were
> trolling through 
> hard drives accessed from popular peer-to-peer networks such as LimeWire and 
> Kazaa. The same information obtained in those searches later appeared on 
> WikiLeaks, Boback said. WikiLeaks bases its most important servers in Sweden. 
> End snippet.
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