This Machine Kills Secrets: How Wikileakers, Cypherpunks, and Hacktivists Aim to Free the World’s Information

Andy Greenberg, Staff Writer, Forbes

November 13, 2012

Andy GreenbergThe machine that kills secrets is a powerful cryptographic code that hides the identities of leakers and hacktivists as they spill the private files of government agencies and corporations, bringing us into a new age of whistle blowing. With unrivaled access to figures like Julian Assange, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, and Jacob Applebaum, Greenberg unveils the group that brought the world WikiLeaks, OpenLeaks, and BalkanLeaks.
This powerful technology has been evolving for decades in the hands of hackers and radical activists, from the libertarian enclaves of Northern California to Berlin to the Balkans. And the secret-killing machine continues to evolve beyond WikiLeaks, as a movement of hacktivists aims to obliterate the world’s institutional secrecy. Never have the seemingly powerless had so much power to disembowel big corporations and big government.

Andy Greenberg is a staff writer for Forbes magazine, focusing on technology, information security and digital civil liberties. With unrivaled access to key players and entrée to the murky underworld of hackers and whistleblowers, Greenberg’s book This Machine Kills Secrets gives names and personalities to the once anonymous. His 2010 Forbes cover article on Assange—the first of its kind—earned Greenberg further credibility within the hacker community, and the following year, he was entrusted with an invite to the Chaos Communications Camp conference in Berlin to witness the inside politics of the very secretive movement. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, filmmaker Malika Zouhali-Worrall.

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