20 May '13, 10pm

'Strongbox' for Leakers Offers Imperfect Anonymity

'Strongbox' for Leakers Offers Imperfect Anonymity

Digital drop boxes have faced uncertainty since the height of Wikileaks' success in 2010, The Guardian points out. The Wall Street Journal 's SafeHouse drop box that launched in 2011 faced criticism for glitches that could compromise the anonymity of sources. The New York Times considered a similar online tool in 2011 but did not proceed with the plan. And Al Jazeera's drop box has yet to lead to any huge leaks. Maybe that's because, at the end of the day, no system is foolproof. That's probably the rationale behind the final line in the New Yorker 's privacy promise regarding Strongbox: "The system is provided on an 'as is' basis, with no warranties or representations, and any use of it is at the user's own risk."

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/computing/networks/str...

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