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[–] Le_Squish 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Wiki leaks technically doesn't need to do anything.

Any legit non-corrupted company would immediately patch these vulnerabilities. Many did a few days after the leak. A business that deliberately remains compromised is highly suspect. Wiki leaks can just be "patch, or we tell everyone you refused to patch". This a win-win tactic for them. Patching vulnerabilities hurts the CIA; knowing what companies refuse to patch and avoiding them hurts the CIA.

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[–] rhy 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I totally went to high school with the spokesperson defending Google in that article. She was in my biology class. Crazy.

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[–] bdmthrfkr [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

The internet constantly makes the world a smaller place.

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[–] Codewow 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Could it not be considered blackmail? Especially if they are making private demands to the companies involved.

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[–] bdmthrfkr [S] 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Nope, this is straight up extortion and I'm all for it.

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[–] Codewow 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

It's part of the problem is what I'm saying. We blame companies for all our problems yet still use our wallets to give them money.

Extorting them is no way to go about it.

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[–] PotatoFarm 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Good point, I never thought of that.

While I seriously hope they release this information (since it's important for the public), I hope they won't end in another problem.

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[–] thelastcoldwarrior 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Good. Shine some sunlight on those crooked SOB's, Julian.

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[–] Ghetto_Shitlord 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Why? Life will go on with the current public attitude. If I were one of the companeis involved I would certainly fix stuff, but wouldn't be quick about it depending because people simply don't fucking care.

The only way to make a capitalist listen to you is to cut off their money, until people do that, carry on.

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[–] carlinco 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

So now the new and improved Wikileaks - with Max Headroom replacing the long lost Julian Assange - tries to force their 'help' on the big tech giants (who have actual specialists trained in this area for that).

It probably involves some access to their servers, or information how they protect them, or maybe just some money for information how the agencies hack them - which might then turn out to be completely outdated...

I'm more than suspicious, even though I wouldn't mind them giving a little support for further leaks. Though maybe not openly, but through unrelated unimportant companies who are persuaded to help out a little...

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[–] mixedCase 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

If you had read the article and knew anything about information security, you'd know that they're not doing anything outside of the well-established standard of responsible disclosure. And they're using the same deadline Google's Project Zero has (90 days).

In other terms, this article is clickbait.

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[–] carlinco 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

"WikiLeaks requested these companies sign off on a series of conditions, which one unnamed sources suggested might include a disclosure deadline compelling the companies to commit to issuing a patch for their software in 90 days"

That's just one of the conditions. And it doesn't even say what the 'otherwise' is - publishing the vulnerabilities or more. Or what other kind of 'cooperation' they want. And they are already threatening to try to drive their business to more cooperative companies...

"prefer organizations such as Mozilla or Europeans companies that prioritize their users over government contracts" - so everyone who doesn't cooperate with Wikileaks is helping the spying against their customers. Everyone who does is in the clear. Sounds a lot like the sale of indulgences to me...

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[–] Cryptophile 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

What exactly were the 'demands' he made to the companies anyway?

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[–] thelastcoldwarrior 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

He wants them to patch their software, can you believe it? Someone get this hothead out of here.

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[–] OKythen 2 points -2 points (+0|-2) ago 

Doesn't shitileaks have another 99% to release on the "CIA"? Before YOU start calling other people out!

And why would tech. companies want help from CIA/Shitileaks?