Wikileaks is Evil. Chapter II

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  1. vrDrew macrumors 65816

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    If it weren't bad enough that Wikileaks has become little more than a pastebin for Russian spooks; now we have convincing proof that the site supposedly dedicated to uncovering corruption and Government malfeasance; has now become a distribution portal for malicious malware and viruses.

    Github announced yesterday that it had uncovered hundreds of malicious attachments lurking amongst stolen copies of e-mails.

    In addition to spreading Russian disinformation, it's also actively spreading the sort of malware that'll make it easier for another generation of Russian criminals to steal your credit card and banking information; or turn your PC into a zombie, shutting down legitimate businesses and organizations with denial-of-service attacks.

    It's high time for whatever respectable journalists and freedom advocates still working for Wikileaks to sever their connections with the organization.
     
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    If they (Wikileaks) were ripping on Trump, the OP would be praising Wikileaks...
     
  4. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    "The e-mail itself is safe to view (although the text is usually spam/scam/phish/whatever)."

    So basically, the email account in question received spam with malware/virus attachments. That's not unusual at all. If any company for had all their emails stolen and immediately uploaded to Wikileaks, there'd be loads of emails like that; in the Junk inbox, Deleted Items, or maybe in the Inbox itself if it hadn't been filtered by the spam/virus filter. But that wouldn't mean it was deliberate.

    You're making it sound like Wikileaks are deliberately uploading malicious items, under the guise of something else, with the intent of people downloading/running them. That's not the case at all.
     
  5. vrDrew thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Wikileaks is failing to curate items uploaded to its site by accounts linked to people controlled by the Russian security services.

    Curation is (or should be) one of the hallmarks of a responsible citizen journalist organization. You don't want to harm innocent people in the process of uncovering malfeasance.

    Note also: Wikileaks doesn't host just anything. It makes a decision on what to host, and what not to. It just made the decision to host e-mails stolen by Russian hackers, and was too lazy to check that those files didn't contain damaging personal information (as in the contact details for thousands of innocent Turkish women, or the credit card data for DNC contributors) or, in this case, hundreds of malware files.
     
  6. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    Well we can argue the morality of Wikileaks until we're blue in the face. But if you're stealing emails and uploading them for all to see, I'm not sure why it's so surprising that these kind of things will happen. You could well use the same argument about the maliciousness of hosted content when talking about torrent websites.

    Using this example as a platform to criticise the website itself is a bit of a false cause, in my opinion.
     
  7. pdqgp macrumors 68020

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    Malware and bugs are not shocking. They can be found lots of places. Just wait until the juicy info is out and picked up by other sources. No need for any of us to surf Thier site.

    I'm hopeful they release Hil liar y's emails soon. Kudos to them for hosting the crap that finally needs outted.
     
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    How did you feel about Wikileaks releasing thousands of secret State Dept. cables?
     
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    Source that the information published is false or misleading and of Russian origin.
     
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    transparency, some like it some don't
     
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    2012: The Cold War is over.
    2016: OMGWTFBBQ Wikileaks is FSB
     
  12. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    Please. Not when it's the Russians trying to interfere in your election.
     
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    yeah, the Russians made the DNC rig the election and they also put money in Trumps account :rolleyes:
     
  14. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    so you're fine with claiming the election is rigged......but only if the claim is against Clinton? :p
     
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    by all means show the GOP doing the same, if there is something on trump have at it, I would love to see BOTH Trump & Clinton out of the election :D
     
  16. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    are you really? :rolleyes:

     
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    yes I am, if you have anything to show from wiki nailing trump by all means show it.
     
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    Transparency, some promise it and don't deliver.

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  19. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    uh......isn't part of the point of this thread that you're not going to get anything from wiki nailing Trump? :rolleyes:
     
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    yeah, because the Russians are trying to rig our election by showing how the DNC rigged the election, BRILLIANT I say, they won't show anything on Trump so Trump must be working with the Russians.

    seriously people :rolleyes:
     
  21. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    you're just having a hard time admitting that anybody other than the DNC might have an interest in "rigging" the elections :p
     
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    ha, the GOP was pretty open about, they tried to stop trump with faux news, and sending the top guys to talk crap (or the truth ) about trump every chance they got, Trump won because the GOP itself opposed him, the more they pushed against him the more popular he got.
     
  23. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    so it's conspiracies EVERYWHERE.......except for the Russians of course, they'd NEVER do such a thing :p
     
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    This comes from the same people that insist that Hillary's deleted emails only had yoga routines on them. Nothing to see here, keep looking at Trump, don't look at Hillary.
     

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