Microsoft takes Cryptome down!

John Young’s Cryptome is perhaps the world’s most informative repository of (now, not so) secret documents and whistleblower’s information. Around since 1996, and with its multiple mirror-sites and determined owner, governments have tried and failed to close it down. However now the evil monopolist and maker of appalling bloatware, Microsoft, has succeeded where states have failed by issuing copyright infringement threats against its ISP, Network Solutions. This apparently worried the company more than any government, and as seems to be the usual craven attitude in these cases, the ISP backed down. According to Wired, they have even put a block on the transfer of the domain name so John Young can’t move ISPs…

The problem was that Cryptome published a short Microsoft document, the Microsoft Online Services Global Criminal Compliance Handbook, about the storage and handling of user data held on online servers,which also offers advice on subpoena tactics, info about state backdoors and more. The odd thing is that this document is old news and openly available elsewhere on the web, including via the link above. Given Microsoft’s well-documented links to US intelligence, could this just be an excuse to take out Cryptome, which has revealed so much about the National Security Agency over the years? Or is this just Microsoft’s usual clumsy, blinkered legal blundering?

Author: David

I'm David Murakami Wood. I live on Wolfe Island, in Ontario, and am Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Surveillance Studies and an Associate Professor at Queen's University, Kingston.

One thought on “Microsoft takes Cryptome down!”

  1. Update: Microsoft has now realised the foolishness and PR backlash of its position and backed down…

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