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[liberationtech] AdLeaks - a whistleblowing platform

Jens Christian Hillerup jens at
Sun Jun 23 05:53:18 PDT 2013

Quickly noting that I'm not affiliated with AdLeaks, just passing on the

On Sun, Jun 23, 2013 at 1:56 PM, Andrea St <andst7 at> wrote:

> it sounds different from globaleaks project. Am i right?

Yes. GlobaLeaks seeks to establish an open-source version of the submission
system of Wikileaks such that any and everyone can make their own leaks
site. The core development team of GlobaLeaks is also on this list, so I'll
let them describe it further.

This project, on the other hand, cleverly uses how every internet user is
exposed to ads on a daily basis. The people designing some web page with
ads (say a news site) can then choose to make it sort-of AdLeaks-boosted.
For a regular visitor to the news site, their browser will encrypt a block
of "red herring" data (no content of interest), but if a whistleblower
comes by they have the chance to encrypt not red herring but the content
that they want to leak. The thing is that an adversary that is able to
monitor the traffic to the news site will not be able to distinguish
between leaks and noise, since it won't have the decryption key. In short:
having *all* visitors to the site encrypt and submit *something* is the
novelty in this approach.

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