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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
 

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ISBN-10: 0525953205

ISBN-13: 2900525953202

Pub. Date: 09/13/2012

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

At last, the first full account of the cypherpunks who aim to free the world’s institutional secrets, by Forbes journalist Andy Greenberg who has traced their shadowy history from the cryptography revolution of the 1970s to Wikileaks founding hacker Julian Assange, Anonymous, and beyond.

WikiLeaks brought to light a new form of whistleblowing

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At last, the first full account of the cypherpunks who aim to free the world’s institutional secrets, by Forbes journalist Andy Greenberg who has traced their shadowy history from the cryptography revolution of the 1970s to Wikileaks founding hacker Julian Assange, Anonymous, and beyond.

WikiLeaks brought to light a new form of whistleblowing, using powerful cryptographic code to hide leakers’ identities while they spill the private data of government agencies and corporations. But that 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.

This is the story of the code and the characters—idealists, anarchists, extremists—who are transforming the next generation’s notion of what activism can be.

With unrivaled access to such major players as Julian Assange, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, and WikiLeaks’ shadowy engineer known as the Architect, never before interviewed, reporter Andy Greenberg unveils the world of politically-motivated hackers—who they are and how they operate.

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ISBN-13:
2900525953202
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/13/2012
Pages:
384

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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.