Over the course of the last few days I’ve been picking up on a lot of “chatter” surrounding a so-called “Deadman’s Switch” affiliated to Julian Assanges website and social platform. Before moving forward, for those of you whom do not know what this means, a deadman’s switch is a protection that hackers use to protect valuable information in the event of their deaths, arrests or disappearances. It works by encrypting a given set of data on a time switch. It’s simple really, if a code is not entered in before the time allotted expires, the encrypted data is automatically unlocked, decrypted and/or published online for the world to see. It is a sort of insurance that hackers employ to secure themselves and their persons.
To be honest, I first heard of this Thursday night – but essentially brushed it off as nothing more than nonsense. However, it wasn’t until last night that I came to understand Assange’s deadman’s switch is actually a real thing. If you need proof of this fact as I did, then go back and revisit a Wikileaks posting from June 3rd 2016 entitled “Protection for upcoming publications. TORRENT Wikileaks Insurance (88GB Encrypted).”
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) June 17, 2016
Upon further investigation, it appears as though the torrent contains bits and pieces of information left out of previous leaks dating back to and including Chelsea Manning’s leaks from the US Army in 2010. Apparently, the now 88GB of data either contains information too sensitive to responsibly leak online, or compilations of random data that were never important enough to leak online in the first place – and theoretically everything in between. As no one but Assange knows for sure though, it’s anyones guess at this point – really. However, considering that Assange has stated that he has seen information too dangerous for him to leak online in the past, including information implicating the Kremlin, I would be willing to bet the information contained within the torrent file is much more dangerous to the world than not. Consequentially, this would also explain why Assange has been holding the file over everyone’s head as insurance for so long.
With that established, no one knows for sure when the deadman’s switch will finally flip – but some are speculating that the decryption key could be posted online any day/minute now. For the time being, if you would like to own the encrypted data so that it may be unlocked whenever the time is necessary, you are invited to download the file below. Enjoy!
Download Wikileaks Encrypted Torrent File: https://file.wikileaks.org/torrent/2016-06-03_insurance.aes256.torrent
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