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Anonymous to Launch Decentralized version of Wikileaks on Nov. 5

Anonymous has blown the whistle about the release date of their newest project, a “massively distributed and decentralized Wikipedia-style P2P cipher-space structure” expected to enter the beta-testing stage on the 5th of November 2012.

According to the announcement on the AnonNews website, the new service, called TYLER, will become available on Nov. 5 and will serve as a publishing platform where users from around the world will be able to dump “evidence of illegality [,] corruption and fraud they have gathered.”

Although little data has been disclosed, it is sure that this webspace will substitute for Wikileaks, a notorious wiki-style portal where key persons have disclosed confidential government information, but which suffered numerous outages and attacks against its server infrastructure.

Rather than going for the conventional webhosting, Anonymous collaboratively developed a platform that blends technologies such as “FreeNet, TOR, GNUnet, e-Mule, BitTorrent I2P, Tribler” to distribute a copy of the material to other participants, who will then distribute it further, in a classical peer-to-peer style.

“From the 12th of December 2012, to the 21st of December 2012, people all over the world upload the evidence of illegality [,] corruption and fraud they have gathered to TYLER. Imagine we leak it all,” reads the press release.

The new platform will likely become a nightmare for anyone trying to take information off the web, since the content will be distributed worldwide and served by users with high levels of anonymity. A peer-to-peer infrastructure also has next to zero operational costs, which means that no payments are necessary, so law enforcement can’t follow the money trail.

The decentralized, peer-to-peer distribution model is not new in the cyber-underground. In June 2011, the TDL-4 botnet was switched to a decentralized command and control model, which prevented law enforcement from shutting it down or tracing its mastermind.

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Bogdan BOTEZATU

Bogdan Botezatu is living his second childhood at Bitdefender as senior e-threat analyst. When he is not documenting sophisticated strains of malware or writing removal tools, he teaches extreme sports such as surfing the web without protection or rodeo with wild Trojan horses. He believes that most things in life can be beat with strong heuristics and that antimalware research is like working for a secret agency: you need to stay focused at all times, but you get all the glory when you catch the bad guys.