Feeds

WikiLeaks' Cablegate server touted on eBay for $3k-plus by Swedes

Assange™ memorabilia 'erased to NSA specs'

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Whistleblowing website WikiLeaks has attacked a former ally after one of the servers used to host the infamous Cablegate material was put up for auction on eBay.

The document-leaking operation – headed by Julian Assange – slammed Bahnhof, a Swedish internet service provider, for flogging the once-rented Dell Poweredge R410 server.

Proceeds from the auction will be handed to Reporters Without Frontiers, a charity dedicated to press freedom, and the 5th of July Foundation, which campaigns for free speech online. The auction began last night and with more than nine days to go, bidding has already reached $3,000.

A spokesman for WikiLeaks referred The Reg to Twitter, where the whistleblowers claimed Bahnhof was only interested in the publicity generated from the sale:

Jon Karlung, CEO of Bahnhof, announced the sale last night, tweeting:

Karlung said he spoke to Julian Assange several times during the release of the Cablegate material – the hundreds of thousands of secret US diplomatic memos and classified intelligence files it leaked online, sourced from American army private Chelsea Manning.

He said Assange's signature can be found on a hosting contract, which will be provided to the buyer of the server.

In a statement, the CEO continued: "This is indeed the physical web server from which the leaked Cablegate material was released, complete with hard drives, motherboard and everything. It can be plugged in and used immediately. We ourselves put it on a pedestal and displayed it as a museum item in our underground Thule Brunkow Ridge data center in central Stockholm, as a symbol for our values as a hoster [sic] and ISP. It constitutes a unique collector's item. A couple of years ago foreign authorities would have bid a fortune to lay hands on this specific server."

Karlung claimed he decided to offer the funds to Reporters Without Frontiers and the 5th of July Foundation because he "burns for those causes".

WikiLeaks had rented the server, Bahnhof said, and it was never used by another client.

The firm insisted the data has been deleted by overwriting it. It added: "All hardware is original, including the hard disks. Those have however been erased according to the U.S. specification DoD 5220.22-M (PDF, relevant part on page 57) where every byte of the hard disk is overwritten several times. The original information cannot be recreated, not even by NSA."

We were unable to reach Jon Karlung, CEO of Bahnhof. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Sysadmin Day 2014: Quick, there's still time to get the beers in
He walked over the broken glass, killed the thugs... and er... reconnected the cables*
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
SHOCK and AWS: The fall of Amazon's deflationary cloud
Just as Jeff Bezos did to books and CDs, Amazon's rivals are now doing to it
VVOL update: Are any vendors NOT leaping into bed with VMware?
It's not yet been released but everyone thinks it's the dog's danglies
BlackBerry: Toss the server, mate... BES is in the CLOUD now
BlackBerry Enterprise Services takes aim at SMEs - but there's a catch
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.