Wikileaks encryption use offers ‘legal challenge’

A novel use of encryption by whistle-blowing website Wikileaks could “challenge the legal system for years to come,” according to an influential observer of the hacking community.  Emmanuel Goldstein, editor of 2600 The Hacker Quarterly magazine, made his comments in reference to an encrypted file recently posted on the site.

Some suspect the file – as yet unopened – contains further sensitive material. It has been reposted around the web and is available for anyone to download. So far, it has beeen downloaded 100,000 times.  “If you release it in encrypted form, nobody really knows if you’ve released it or not – or even what the material is,” Mr Goldstein told BBC News.

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