In 2010 WikiLeaks released a file named insurance.aes256 and on Wednesday released another “insurance” file with an “aes” name. AES-256, a currently unbreakable encryption scheme, appears to keep the files scrambled until a password is published. Assange has said little about them, but he did say “insurance files” would be released in a certain scenario: “if something happens to me or to WikiLeaks.”
February 27 2012, Wikileaks announced it had begun publishing “The Global Intelligence Files, over five million e-mails from the Texas headquartered “global intelligence” company Stratfor.”
Richard Torrenzano and Mark Davis share more information about insurance.aes256 and the direction in which hacking and cyber crime are moving.
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It’s called “insurance.aes256.”
It is a 1.4-gigabyte file large enough to hold hundreds of thousands of pages worth of information. It is protected by a 256-bit key encryption code. . . .
At this writing, what it contains is anybody’s guess. The claim is that it is something so damaging to the United States that its leaders will back down before pursuing charges against Assange.
Insurance.aes256 may be a hoax. But the suggestion that it might be a credible threat represents a monumental change in our civilization—the ability of loosely, self-organized hackers to intimidate governments and large corporations. And yet the WikiLeaks phenomenon is only the public manifestation of the extreme vulnerability of personal, business, and governmental systems to the seventh sword of clandestine combat...