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WikiLeaks Under Massive Cyber Attack

WikiLeaks.org says its website is targeted by a massive computer attack. The attack started just hours before the  expected release of classified US documents. In spite of the attack, the files have been released, revealing among other things that the US government ordered surveillance of UN. leaders.
“The US  military must electronically assault WikiLeaks and any telecommunications company offering its services to this organization.”
Former US State Department Adviser

CNN reports that a hacker named “the Jester,” who claims to have been involved with US Special Forces, is claiming responsibility for the attack on the Wikileaks site “for attempting to endanger the lives of our troops, ‘other assets’ and  foreign relations.”
At 7:30 PM the Cablegate.Wikileaks.org web site is up, though the group says “the embassy cables will be released in stages over the next few months.”
In another poke at the US government, WikiLeaks is using Seattle-based Tableau Software, a visualization company that grew out of a Defense Department project, to host some of the files.
The New York Times, which claims it did not get the files directly from WikiLeaks but honored the embargo, has posted an interesting exchange between Assange and the US embassy in London. The Obama administration never asked the NYT not to publish.
And here’s one intriguing document highlighted by British newspaper, The Guardian: At least as of mid-2009,Israel believed it had until December 2010 to attack Iran’s suspected nuclear facilities!
Details US surveillance

According to the documents, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last year ordered clandestine surveillance of United Nations leadership, including obtaining “security measures, passwords, personal encryption keys, and types of VPN versions used” and biometric information.

The July 2009 directive issued under Clinton’s name, which also asks for details about “information systems, networks, and technologies used by top officials and their support staffs,” sheds a  rare light on the shady world of government espionage.

That classified dispatch is part of a massive document dump, about 250,000 diplomatic cables, that began appearing on the Internet this morning.

WikiLeaks provided the files in advance to news organizations including Germany’s Der Spiegel and Spain’s El Pais and has said it would wait before releasing the cables on its own website.

Chinese Leaders Behind Google Attacks

Another disclosure from the files is that China’s Politburo ordered the electronic intrusions into Google’s computer network that became public in January, prompting the company to rethink its Chinese operations, according to what a Chinese contact told the US embassy.

China has denied the charges.

That intrusion was reportedly conducted by a combination of government hackers and private security experts, who reportedly also targeted US government computers, those of the Dalai Lama, and other American companies.

Some of the companies that previously been named as victims include Yahoo, Symantec, Northrop Grumman, and Dow Chemical, and Adobe Systems has confirmed a “sophisticated, coordinated attack” against its corporate network.

Leaked From The US

It seems like the economy is not the only thing leaking in the US.


The files appear to have originated from the US Defense Department‘s SIPRNET, which is used for exchanging information up to the secret level and is jointly administered by the NSA, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the Defense Information Systems Agency.

SPIRNET itself stands for Secret IP Router Network.

In July, Pfc. Bradley Manning was charged with obtaining “more than 150,000 diplomatic cables” in violation of the law and is suspected of being WikiLeaks’ source.

First Cyber Attack By US Government ?

The Washington Times and a former Bush administration official suggest that WikiLeaks.org is the first public target for an US government cyber attack.

In addition, a Republican senator have  proposed a law targeting WikiLeaks, and conservative commentators have called for WikiLeaks front man Julian Assange to be arrested.

Sweden has issued an international arrest warrant for Julian Assange – for the second time – after he was upheld by an appeals court on sexual assault charges.

Assange was later released due to lack of evidence, but now it seems like “the evidence” suddenly has turned up again…

The White House have issued the following statement:

“These cables could compromise private discussions with foreign governments and opposition leaders, and when the substance of private conversations is printed on the front pages of newspapers across the world, it can deeply impact not only US foreign policy interests, but those of our allies and friends around the world. To be clear–such disclosures put at risk our diplomats, intelligence professionals, and people around the world who come to the United States for assistance in promoting democracy and open government.”

Australia is investigating whether today’s release violated its laws. (Assange has an Australian passport.)

Labeled As Terrorists
Conservative commentators argues that Wikileaks.org should be shut down by any means necessary.

One Washington newspaper argued that WikiLeaks’ offshore Web site should be attacked and rendered “inoperable” by the US government.

An US State Department adviser, who served under President George W. Bush, writes in a column that the US  military must “electronically assault WikiLeaks and any telecommunications company offering its services to this organization.”

And some have already labeled WikiLeaks as a terrorist organisation.

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Will Microsoft Team Up With Adobe To Battle Apple?

Well, this is one of the hottest rumors in the info tech business at the moment. However, both Microsoft and Adobe denies that a plan of an alliance between the two is on the table. But analysts and business insiders see the move as a natural next step in the ongoing battle to dominate the mobile application market.

“With Dreamweaver on its hands, Microsoft would pretty much have everything covered.”


And indeed, Microsoft has the money to buy Adobe, whose current market value is about $15 billion, with its guided estimate of a record profit at $27,3 billion for the full fiscal year, ending in June 2011.

But Microsoft have also invested heavily in developing its own Flash rival – Silverlight.

However,after Apple dumped Adobe’s Flash on both iPhone and iPad, the game is about to change.

Adobe chief executive office Shantanu Narayen denies the rumors:

“We value our independence, and we continue to think that we just have tremendous opportunities ahead of us as a company,” he says.

(Here at The Swapper we’re tempted to see this statement as a signal to Microsoft that they have to pay a price per share that’s well above market value if they want Adobe to accept an offer.)

Morningstar analyst Toan Tran is among those who belive there’s something to the rumor:

“It may be a case of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend,” and both Microsoft and Adobe have a common enemy in Apple,” Tran says.

Editor of the magazine PC Pro, who reports on the story, is not too thrilled about the idea:

“What a shame if this not only turns out to be true, but actually come to pass,” Tim Danton writes in a comment in the latest edition of PC Pro, (January 2011).

“To battle against Apple’s perceived dominance on mobile platforms, Adobe and Microsoft need to concentrate on innovation, not consolidation. If the merger happened, all I can see is 18 months of bickering and fall-outs.”

“And what would be the benefit to the consumers? That rather than two player technology, in Silverlight and Flash, we get one? I can only see one winner from this deal, and that’s Apple,” Danton concludes.

Here are some comments from business insiders, bloggers and software reviewers:

“It might be a good idea for Microsoft to buy Adobe since they have complementary products. But it would be a very bad idea to buy the company simply because of a spat with Apple.”


“It might not just be about defending against Apple. It would also help Microsoft in the web development market, with Dreamweaver on its hands, Microsoft would pretty much have everything covered.”


“The whole theory falls down if Apple starts to allow Flash.”


Anyway – this has the potential to be the next big story in the tech industry, and you can be sure investors are keeping a close eye with these companies at the moment.

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Monday Markets Kick Off

Here’s some stuff to digest before diving into the last days of trading before the Easter holiday.

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Top Stories:

* Trading Outlook: March 28 – April 2, 2010

* Increasing Social Unrest:  Yesterday Athens — Today Moskow

* Stocks, Commodities Gain as Yen, Dollar Fall

* Dozens Are Killed in Moscow Metro Blasts

* Week Ahead: It’s All About Jobs and Rates

* Greek Aid Deal: Mixed Market Respons

* Experts Talk Consumer Confidence, Greek Rescue, Obama Foreclosure Plan

* Irish banks aren’t smiling

* Barroso: Estonia close to euro-entry approval

* Europe Economic Confidence Jumps More Than Forecast

Latest News:

* Treasury moves closer to selling Citi stake

* Greece Offers Five Times Spain Yield Spread in Bond Sale

* UBS Buys 3,000 Large S&P Contracts

* FDIC’s Bair Supports US, Euro Plan to Tax Large Banks

* Rio Tinto Employees Sentenced in Chinese Bribery Case

* European Stocks Close Little Changed

Latest Blog Posts:

Econotwist’s Blog: Markets To Test Greece

MoonTalk: Sovereign Debt – Just Take The Punch?

StraightStocks.com: With CPI numbers rising and falling, how do we know deflation is winning?

Seeking Alpha: Rumor: Google, Adobe to Get Chummier via Flash

Zero Hedge: Are Pig Farmers Doing All The Trading?

The Huffington Post: Paul Volcker, Elizabeth Warren, Ted Kaufman: We Need New Law

Dagens Ledelse: Biskoper på leit

Latest Analysis:

* Natural gas: Fuel of the future

* What To Expect This Earnings Season

* Reforms Are Needed More Than Bailouts

* Pessimism Is Priced In – Bet the Other Way

* Big U.K. Banks Likely to Remain Fragile

* Germany Cools to EU Unity, Turning Inward

Recommended Reading:

* Manure Raises a New Stink

* German Victory in Brussels Blows Away EU Illusions

* SEC Drops Derivatives Bomb on Active ETF Hopefuls

* The US-China-Australia love triangle

* Bank-Tax Concept Gains Momentum

* Stocks Soar, but Many Analysts Ask Why

* U.S. markets at a crossroads

* Welcome to Europe

Happy Trading !

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