VirtualThreat Contributing Writer
A member of the Anonym0us hacking collective announced the group is planning to set up an enhanced Wikileaks clone service by the end of 2012.
According to The Hacker News, the Wikileaks competitor is scheduled to be launched on December 21st of this year. A representative for the hacktivist group, claiming to speak on behalf of the entire group, wrote of the project in an email interview with a staff member from the Voice of Russia.
The Anonymous representative said the platform is called TYLER, and will not be hosted on fixed servers. Instead the project will be based on a decentralized peer-to-peer design requiring user participation to keep information flowing in a redundant manner. The hactivists claim that this type of topology would be near impossible for officials to censor or shut down.
The project will build upon the core Wikileaks principles, continuing to act as a safe venue for whistleblowers and those wanting to publish sensitive information to a public forum.
According to ZDNet, the Anonymous “representative” said the following when asked about the future of Wikileaks and the role of Anonymous:
“Julian has threatened on at least one previous occasion to pull the plug on the project because the fundraising was not meeting his expectations. It was at that time that Anonymous began planning to field our own alternative disclosure platforms.”
A statement was recently released by members of the Anonymous group, claiming that Wikileaks “betrayed” them and as a result Anonymous was withdrawing support not only for the site, but for Julian Assange.
Assange is currently taking refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.