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The Sun Newspaper Launches Anonymous Tor-Based WikiLeaks-Style SecureDrop 64

Mark Wilson writes: The likes of Julian Assange's WikiLeaks have set the standard for blowing the lid on huge stories based on tips from anonymous sources. Whistle-blowers such as Edward Snowden have brought to public attention stories which would otherwise have been kept hidden from the public, and it has been with the help of newspapers such as the Guardian that this information has been disseminated around the world.

Other newspapers are keen to ride on the coattails of those blazing a trail in the world of investigative journalism, and the latest to join the party is The Sun. Today, Murdoch-owned News Corp's newspaper and website launches SecureDrop — a way for whistle-blowers to anonymously leave tip-offs that can be further investigated.

The cloud service provides a means of getting in touch with journalists at The Sun without giving up anonymity — something which is particularly important when making revelations about companies and governments. The site provides a basic guide to getting started with the SecureDrop service, starting off with pointing would-be users in the direction of the Tor Browser Bundle.
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The Sun Newspaper Launches Anonymous Tor-Based WikiLeaks-Style SecureDrop

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Slashdot having a similar service for leaks, would it work?

    • Re:What about (Score:5, Insightful)

      by garyisabusyguy ( 732330 ) on Monday April 27, 2015 @12:49PM (#49562195)

      Considering that the Sun is related to fox news via Murdoch, I would suspect that they would use it primarily as a means to generate their own stories and give some credibility to their chosen path of propaganda

      Slashdot on the other hand... would probably find a way to tie it to add revenue

      • Be reasonable. They can also submit anything that doesn't fit their scope of propaganda directly to the government and remove any hint of anonymity to thus gain more favor with the government, as well.

      • by dywolf ( 2673597 )

        Nah.
        They already just make s*** up half the time, and then append "I'm just wondering/asking."

        Ever looked at Foxnation.com ?
        That's where they literally invite anyone to submit any story.
        And it's just chock full of BS.

  • by plover ( 150551 ) on Monday April 27, 2015 @12:17PM (#49561835) Homepage Journal

    Neither Manning nor Snowden remained anonymous. At some point the leak is so big that anonymity is not possible, and someone will pay the price for the leak.

    • There have been multiple leakers from the various US national security industrial complexes since Snowden. It's hard to spot unless you're really paying attention, but it's clear that it's happened several times now - I think we're up to at least three other leakers, all of whom are anonymous. You can tell because the info comes from non-NSA agencies, or the material is dated after Snowden left, or (most subtly of all) the articles don't attribute the source of the leak to Snowden.

      So it's not obviously usel

      • The only result of Snowdens actions will be the NSA adding more compartmentalization to the data stored. User security access will be put under the microscope and every action will be logged and monitored, especially any thing related to copying files and downloads. Snowden accomplished two main things. He gave the US enemies around the world something to use for their propaganda against anything associated with the US. Even though those countries run their own intelligence services and do the same thing th

    • Except Snowden outed himself to give the leaks credibility. otherwise it would have collected dust along with other leaked volumes and no one would have taken it seriously. He knew this, we know this. Thats how this country works. We don't like facts, we like celebrities.
  • Anf then... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by davstok ( 211948 ) on Monday April 27, 2015 @12:18PM (#49561853)

    the Sun informs GCHQ and so on so they can quickly stem the leak, I assume

  • by tshawkins ( 1239974 ) on Monday April 27, 2015 @12:24PM (#49561935)

    I think the Sun is more interested in who has been leaking body fluids on who, than any matters of global import. Its like the national inquirer setting up a securedrop site.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 27, 2015 @12:32PM (#49562019)

    If you trust any of Rupert's organizations to keep your information private, you are out of your mind! They don't have a very good track record doing that...

    • by Runaway1956 ( 1322357 ) on Monday April 27, 2015 @12:49PM (#49562189) Homepage Journal

      I like it when someone is able to cut to the chase so quickly. Murdoch publications keeps no secrets, unless it serves their purposes. Even then - they fail. I mean, they hacked a dead girl's telephone, but couldn't keep THAT secret, could they? How in hell they gonna keep MY hacking secret?

      Best thing is, don't share your secrets with Murdoch.

      • The Sun is a real dirt paper.

        The utility is for people leaking really every day stuff like "He's not her child" or some such rubbish. They probably don't expect to get anything important out of it. But if they do then they probably have the ability to compromise the anonimity in exchange for a kickback from other powerful interests, or just for their own sake.

        There's a wide range of types of leaks. I'll probably be used first for NHS stuff in the UK (overworked nurse killed my grandfather, this kind of thin

  • Wonder which US government TLAs are working with NewsCorp on this project? And no I don't think TOR is 100% going to solve that particular problem.

    • They probably trust Murdoch as much as they trusted Maxwell - which is to say not at all.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    nodd5fyasyj4jqgp.onion

    Ugh. The link is hidden in an image in the middle of the article, and the article doesn't even show up without Javascript.

    Great first impression.

  • I wonder who trusts this particular 'news' organization enough to test their freedom with exposing that which this particular station has gone out of their way to keep from informing the public about in the first instance? Enjoy.
  • The Sun? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Crypto Cavedweller ( 2611959 ) on Monday April 27, 2015 @12:45PM (#49562153)
    On the list of 'last organizations on Earth' I'd trust with any personal data, they fall somewhere between the People's Security Bureau of China and Westboro Baptist.
  • And you KNOW.... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by kaizendojo ( 956951 ) on Monday April 27, 2015 @12:53PM (#49562227)
    ...you can trust Murdoch with your privacy because he's demonstrated it so well in the past. TOR isn't the issue here, NewsCorp's ethics is.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Don't buy the S*n

  • That's the question. If an agency has tabs on all traffic, then it is a pretty simple exercise to match up send and receive patterns at both ends to find out who sent it to whom, if not what.

  • by Minwee ( 522556 ) <dcr@neverwhen.org> on Monday April 27, 2015 @01:29PM (#49562569) Homepage
    There's nothing new about this. If you wanted to securely tip off Rupert Murdoch to anything all you ever needed to do was leave voice mail for Milly Dowler.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Ed Snowden, Russian TV star, hands Putin a propaganda coup
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/04/18/ed-snowden-russian-tv-star-hands-putin-propaganda-coup/

    Snowden leaks help ISIS evade US intel, report says
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/09/05/snowden-leaks-help-isis-evade-us-intel-report-says/

    Obama signals leniency for traitor Edward Snowden
    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/01/28/obama-signals-leniency-for-traitor-edward-snowden/

    So why would any whistleblower trust Rupert Murdoch with information??

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