This Machine Kills Secrets: How Wikileakers, Cypherpunks, and Hacktivists Aim to Free the World's Information

This Machine Kills Secrets: How Wikileakers, Cypherpunks, and Hacktivists Aim to Free the World's Information

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by Andy Greenberg, Mike Chamberlain
     
 

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The machine that kills secrets is a powerful cryptographic code that hides the identities of leakers and hacktivists as they spill the private files of government agencies and corporations bringing us into a new age of whistle blowing. With unrivaled access to figures like Julian Assange, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, and Jacob Applebaum, investigative journalist Andy

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The machine that kills secrets is a powerful cryptographic code that hides the identities of leakers and hacktivists as they spill the private files of government agencies and corporations bringing us into a new age of whistle blowing. With unrivaled access to figures like Julian Assange, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, and Jacob Applebaum, investigative journalist Andy Greenberg unveils the group that brought the world WikiLeaks, OpenLeaks, and BalkanLeaks.This powerful technology has been evolving for decades in the hands of hackers and radical activists, from the libertarian enclaves of Northern California to Berlin to the Balkans. And the secret-killing machine continues to evolve beyond WikiLeaks, as a movement of hacktivists aims to obliterate the world's institutional secrecy. Never have the seemingly powerless had so much power to disembowel big corporations and big government.

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"With complete access to many of the key hackers and leakers, Greenberg delves eloquently into the magicians of the all-powerful technology that shatters the confidentiality of any and all state secrets while tapping into issues of personal privacy." —-Publishers Weekly
The New York Times Book Review
Greenberg…has produced an exhaustive prequel to the never-ending WikiLeaks saga. Unlike some recent books on the subject, this one adopts a decidedly historical perspective and situates the ideas behind WikiLeaks in the heady debates about computing, privacy and civil liberties that have dominated many an online conversation in the last three decades. And, as if this challenge were not grand enough, Greenberg also tries to explain the highly complex technologies that have made a project like WikiLeaks possible, introducing such hidden gems of geek cuisine as "salt hashing" and "onion routing." By and large, he succeeds, and the resulting dish is delicious and not at all too technical.
—Evgeny Morozov

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452639901
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
09/17/2012
Edition description:
Library - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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"With complete access to many of the key hackers and leakers, Greenberg delves eloquently into the magicians of the all-powerful technology that shatters the confidentiality of any and all state secrets while tapping into issues of personal privacy." —-Publishers Weekly

Meet the Author


Andy Greenberg is a staff writer for Forbes magazine, focusing on technology, information security and digital civil liberties. His Forbes story on WikiLeaks and the future of information leaks in late 2010 was the first magazine cover story to feature Julian Assange. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, filmmaker Malika Zouhali-Worrall. Mike Chamberlain is an actor and voice-over performer, as well as an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning audiobook narrator.Along with animation and video game characters, Mikeperforms narration and voices promos for television.Mike is originally from New Jersey, and he met his wife whileperforming theater in Boston. They now live in SouthernCalifornia with their daughter.

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This Machine Kills Secrets: How WikiLeakers, Cypherpunks, and Hacktivists Aim to Free the World's Information 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Control of information flow is subterranean like that of water, gas, oil, finance, politics. Andy Greenberg has ventured into the strange caverns where a struggle to manage information is underway, mostly in secret, some disclosed and most of that propaganda for public manipulation. The primary weapon is encryption used to conceal and to deceive wielded by a remarkably few worlwide technical wizards barely understood and unmanageable by those who pay them. Closer to magic and sorcery than science and engineering, these artists of black arts battle with cryptography and crytanalysis, to hide and to expose. Every economic, social and political is affected -- unknowingly. Greenberg's book is a glimpse into a hell of pretense, deception, vainglory, treachery, braggardy. A very unsettling cast of characters are arrayed to convey the silent combat beneath the ground, the sea, into space and beyond. This might be seen as fictional but that would an i/o error.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonder who succeeded the Reds to undermine America? Not Russia, not China, not Iran. USA enemies are still inside the coutnry. Read this expose of the undercover agents using the Internet to overthrow the USA and its allies worldwide. By spreading secret code technology to hide the prolonged assautl on freedom. By leaking official secrets and by fostering suspicion of respected instituions of church, family, school and homeland. By planning assassination of leaders with anonymuos betting pools. These sickos, stateless commie Julian Assange their most infamous, are up to the age old tricks of openly preaching one thing to believers then doing tje godawful underground to takeover power. "Underground" about Assange, "Anonymous" by Parmy Olson, are other subversive tracts to teach youngsters to violate law and order. Wake up FBI! Wake Up People! These book names the names to bury with a stake in thier hearts for buring in hell for all eternity.