Protection for whistleblowers: New system would allow for secret data transfer

Protection for whistleblowers: New system would allow for secret data transfer

Scientists are developing a system that would make it possible for an individual to submit data over the Internet while remaining unobserved.

via ScienceDaily: Living Well News:

June 19, 2013 — Volker Roth, a professor of computer science at Freie Universität Berlin, is working in a project called AdLeaks to create a system that would make it possible for an individual to submit data over the Internet while remaining unobserved. The AdLeaks system is currently being checked and tested as part of the EU CONFINE project. A first version of the source code is available as download for interested persons. Unobserved data transfer is relevant, for example, for so-called whistleblowers, persons with inside information who inform the public about corporate or official corruption.Examples of whistleblowers are Mark Klein, and more recently Edward Snowden, who revealed the extent to which the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) monitors the Internet.The current discussion focuses heavily on the PRISM program that, as recently became publicly known, allows the NSA to access user data stored by Google, Apple, Microsoft, and other companies. What is often forgotten is that the NSA also accesses data directly from the glass fiber connections over which a great deal of the communication in the Internet takes place. This includes the contents of the affected communication, as well as the call data showing who communicated with whom and when.”You have to admire the civil courage of Edward Snowden, who sacrifices his future for his democratic convictions, when he reports abuse,” says Professor Volker Roth. Not all whistleblowers dare to step out in public, which is often associated with stigma, loss of employment, or criminal prosecution.. “Even whistleblowers who wish to remain anonymous, take risks when they pass information through the Internet because the information collected by the NSA allows the organization to trace connection data calls made once or Internet connections far into the past.” Encryption would not change anything in that regard. It is better to use anonymizing services such as Tor that route the connections through several computers and disguise their origin.. …

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