Results tagged “PayPal” from WikiLeak

We wonder what effect, if any, the suspension of the PayPal button will have on their funding, whilst they are still offline, pleading for money.

The current web page (Saturday 23rd January 2010) :


Support us financially

Pay by credit card or PayPal worldwide

Note the PayPal graphic, but not one actually locally hosted on the web servers ! See below.

Paypal has as of 23rd of January 2010 frozen WikiLeaks assets. This is the second time that this happens. The last time we struggled for more than half a year to resolve this issue. By working with the respected and recognized German foundation Wau Holland Stiftung we tried to avoid this from happening again -- apparently without avail.

We are working on resolving this issue as fast as possible. Please use our bank accounts for direct transfer in the meantime, or contact for any further questions.

WikiLeaks is not the only non-profit organization with this problem. This is a regular occurrence, that from our perspective should not be tolerated by the global community using this payment system.

PayPal usually suspends non-profit organisations, because PayPal have to comply with local taxation laws involving the tax exempt status of such organisations, and with the world wide anti-money laundering red tape and bureaucracy.

You end up having to send them details of your charitable status, or, failing that, proof that you have a bank account in the name of your group etc. have "web bugged" most of their home page visitors proudly boasts that none of the identities of any of their whistleblower sources have been compromised. We have always been critical of their much more lackadaisical approach to the anonymity of the web site visitors, who may be just curious or who may be informed analysts who have the knowledge and experience to comment intelligently on the whistleblower leak documents - some of these people need to preserve their anonymity from snoopers, just as much as whistleblowers do.

Such visitors to the website home page will almost certainly also include the actual whistleblowers themselves, at some point before, during or after, they upload their potentially sensitive documents.

What then, were the web team thinking of, by using a PayPal image which is hosted on a Canadian angling supplies website called ?

"Fishing" for PayPal donations is going to make quite a few people wonder if this is a "phishing" scam.

Looking at some of the current home page HTML source code, they appear to have commented out their PayPal link to the Wau Holland charitable foundation in Germany, but they are deep linking (for no good reason) to a PayPal web graphic, hosted on a third party website, a Canadian sports angling website which sells brightly coloured fishing bobs

<p> <b>Pay by credit card or PayPal worldwide</b><br>
<img src="">

<!--- <form action="">
<input type="hidden" name="business" value="">
<input type="hidden" name="cmd" value="_donations">
<input type="hidden" name="hosted_button_id" value="9801043">
<input type="hidden" name="currency_code" value="USD">
<input type="hidden" name="item_name" value="WikiLeaks donation">
<input type="hidden" name="lc" value="en">
<p>Message with your donation:</p>
<p> <input type="text" name="item_number" value="">
<p>Enter amount:<br />
<select name="currency_code">
<option value="USD">USD
<option value="EUR">EUR
<option value="GBP">GBP
<option value="CAD">CAD
<option value="AUD">AUD
<option value="NZD">NZD
<option value="SEK">SEK
<option value="DDK">DDK
<option value="NOK">NOK
<option value="CHF">CHF
<option value="HKD">HKD
<option value="HUF">HUF
<option value="ILS">ILS

<input type="text" name="amount" style="width: 4em; text-align: right;" value="25.0"><br />
<p> <input name="submit" type="submit" style="margin-top: 1em;" value="Choose payment type"><br />
<span style="font-size: smaller;">(PayPal, VISA, Mastercard and more accepted)</span>

This effectively means that the web server log files of, are now tracking most of the visitors to the web page - in effect have web bugged their own supposedly anonymity protected website.

This potentially compromises the anonymity of the vast majority the home page visitors, regardless of whether they are interested in PayPal or not, and anyone foolish enough to try to submit a whistleblower leak at the moment, without any timescale of when or if it will ever be published by the (suspended) project.

This "web bug" effect also applies to the embedded YouTube Video of the Berlin 26C3 conference speech. (see presentation at 26C3 - will Iceland become a Publishing Data Haven ?).

A link to YouTube or, if they ever get it working again, to PayPal, should be illustrated with a local copyof the graphic, hosted on the web servers , which supposedly do not keep log files.

Such links should also carry an "anonymity health warning", that clicking on them will make a connection with an external website, over which have no control, and which will leave detectable electronic footprints.

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Now that the project is defunct, so far as new whistleblower are concerned, what are the alternatives ?

The wiki page lists links and anonymity analyses of some of the many post-wikileaks projects.

There are also links to better funded "official" whistlblowing crime or national security reporting tip off websites or mainstream media websites. These should, in theory, be even better at protecting the anonymity and security of their informants, than wikileaks, but that is not always so.

New whistleblower website operators or new potential whistleblowers should carefully evaluate the best techniques (or common mistakes) from around the world and make their personal risk assessments accordingly.

Hints and Tips for Whistleblowers and Political Dissidents

The Submissions web page provides some methods for sending them leaked documents, with varying degrees of anonymity and security. Anybody planning to do this for real, should also read some of the other guides and advice to political activists and dissidents:

Please take the appropriate precautions if you are planning to blow the whistle on shadowy and powerful people in Government or commerce, and their dubious policies. The mainstream media and bloggers also need to take simple precautions to help preserve the anonymity of their sources e.g. see Spy Blog's Hints and Tips for Whistleblowers - or use this easier to remember link:

BlogSafer - wiki with multilingual guides to anonymous blogging

Digital Security & Privacy for Human Rights Defenders manual, by Irish NGO Frontline Defenders.

Everyone’s Guide to By-Passing Internet Censorship for Citizens Worldwide (.pdf - 31 pages), by the Citizenlab at the University of Toronto.

Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents - March 2008 version - (2.2 Mb - 80 pages .pdf) by Reporters Without Borders

Reporters Guide to Covering the Beijing Olympics by Human Rights Watch.

A Practical Security Handbook for Activists and Campaigns (v 2.6) (.doc - 62 pages), by experienced UK direct action political activists

Anonymous Blogging with Wordpress & Tor - useful step by step guide with software configuration screenshots by Ethan Zuckerman at Global Voices Advocacy. (updated March 10th 2009 with the latest Tor / Vidalia bundle details)

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Recently, they have been using their new Twitter feeds, to selectively publicise leaked documents to the media, and also to report on the status of routing or traffic congestion problems affecting the main website in Stockholm, Sweden.

N.B.the words "security" or "anonymity" and "Twitter" are mutually exclusive: Twitter feed via SSL encrypted session: unencrypted Twitter feed

Internet Censorship

OpenNet Initiative - researches and measures the extent of actual state level censorship of the internet. Features a blocked web URL checker and censorship map.

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Petition to the European Commission and European Parliament against their vague Data Retention plans
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Anonymous Blogging with Wordpress and Tor - useful Guide published by Global Voices Advocacy with step by step software configuration screenshots (updated March 10th 2009).

Amnesty International's campaign

BlogSafer - wiki with multilingual guides to anonymous blogging

NGO in a box - Security Edition privacy and security software tools

Home Office Watch blog, "a single repository of all the shambolic errors and mistakes made by the British Home Office compiled from Parliamentary Questions, news reports, and tip-offs by the Liberal Democrat Home Affairs team."

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