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I don’t know about you, but I was a bit disappointed with the whole WikiLeaks thingy. I mean, come on. The build up was brilliant: you would have thought we’ll finally have irrefutable evidence that a UFO landed in Roswell, that JFK assassination was indeed a CIA ploy, and that the 1969 moon landing was a NASA concocted hoax.

Instead we got a bunch of diplomatic gossip.

It reminds me of the 1986 live TV special “the mystery of Al Capone’s Vaults” in which Geraldo Rivera opens in live broadcast a secret vault once owned by the famous gangster; turns out it was just full of useless debris. Which in turn reminds me of the 1989 parody UHF where Weird Al Yankovic (whatever happened to him?) pays a tribute by playing a TV reporter about to expose the contents of Al Capone’s glove compartment.

“Ah Ha! Road Maps!”

So, since obviously the WikiLeaks grand exposure was far from satisfying, I decided to launch something far better: ZeusiLeaks.

Who needs a quarter of a million diplomatic cables, when we have the Zeus Trojan, most popular crimeware in the universe, sitting on millions of personal, corporate and government PCs stealing data 24 by 7?

Believe me; the information stolen by Zeus, SpyEye and other Trojans is far more interesting. If you’re a consumer, it’s shocking to see what sort of data piles up in the Trojan mothership.

If you’re a Security professional, it’s nerve wrecking to see what sort of corporate data siphons off to drop sites half across the globe. As a reminder, RSA Cybercrime Lab released a research showing 88% of Fortune 500 corporations have employees whose PC was infected with Zeus, and now feed Cybercriminals with terabytes of sensitive enterprise data and credentials.

So stay tuned, and wait for the gradual release of ZeusiLeaks!


Comments: (2)

Matt White
Matt White - Finextra - Toronto 30 November, 2010, 17:12Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

It's not all gossip: China wants Korean unification, Arab states are surprisingly bullish on Iran, the UN is being spied on and there's much more to come.

Of course, the parts of the media that didn't get privileged access to the cables are concentrating on the gossip because that's easy. They're also foaming at the mouth, calling for the traitor Assange's head while at the same time insisting that the whole thing is a damp squib, that we all knew this stuff anyway. We didn't, we may have suspected but that shouldn't be good enough.

I love WikiLeaks, it provides hard evidence, not wishy-washy assumptions. Can't wait for the banks to get their moment in the spotlight.

Uri Rivner
Uri Rivner - Refine Intelligence - Tel Aviv 01 December, 2010, 09:16Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Matt – fair enough. I related more to the discrepancy between the build up and what was actually delivered. And, in a way, to the discrepancy between the magnitude of the leak to the actual media nuggets coming out of it. I’m just saying my expectations were several orders of magnitude higher: I expected a 10 on the Richter scale, and instead got a dozen or so of 5ers or 6ers.

But that’s just my impression, and I welcome folks to say what they think about the recent leaks. As well as on this ZeusiLeaks series idea. I know you have to go through the hassle of logging in to comment, but your opinion counts!


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