I am surprised this has not happened yet (or maybe I am foretelling the future?) but what kind of damage could a copycat Wikileaks web site do to the IT industry such as an ITWikileaks? People with a grudge, people who lost their jobs or were fired, people trying to report corruption could do expose sensitive information on any IT company. Many of us in the IT industry know of e-mails that are sent around about other companies, people, executives and customers. What would happen if those e-mail got out? We all know of people who keep those kinds of e-mails in a safe place for that rainy day.
Damaging documents could be an email from an executive talking trash about a big customer or a reports on production problems for a new product. It could be e-mails that talk about corruption within a company. In this day in age it could be recordings from meetings with executives within a company or perhaps video from a phone. The potential damage someone within a company could cause by posting this on a copycat Wikileaks site would throw the sector in peril. Forget about holding a company hostage with passwords, employees can cause so much more damage by using emails, video, recordings to undermined the credibility of companies. Lose of market share and customers is something that is hard to get back.
Whistleblowers have always existed, but the ability to publish directly to a web site is what's new. In years past, the whistleblower would have to convince a newspaper to run the story - and that story would be investigated by reporters. Anyone could publish stuff to a Web, but a third party with massive readership is different.
The question I keep asking to myself is not if this will happen, but when. Who will be the executive or executives to be taken down and what will it do to the company and their customers? Being that Wikileaks is being somewhat accepted by the world for what they did, people might have no reservations on creating a ITWikileaks.
The wise man would say, more than ever before, watch what you say or write.
Larry Chaffin Ph.D is the Chief Executive Officer/Chairman and founder of Pluto Networks, a Consulting and VAR partner specializing in WAN acceleration, VoIP, WLAN, telepresence and security.
Pluto Networks is a Riverbed reseller. Pluto was previously a Cisco reseller but in June, 2010, ended its reseller relationship with the company and is no longer a Cisco channel partner.
Pluto Networks specializes in the needs of small, large and enterprise companies by always giving them a great ROI on the products they sell. Pluto Networks has a presence in 23 countries around the world enabling all of its consultants to be virtual. Larry was a Judge at Interop for the Best of Interop Awards for 2009.
Larry has also co-authored all of the books listed below:
Managing Cisco Secure Networks, Skype Me, Practical VOIP Security, Configuring Check Point NGX VPN-1/Firewall-1,Configuring Juniper Networks NetScreen & SSG Firewalls,Essential Computer Security: Everyone's Guide to Email, Internet, and Wireless Security, How to Cheat at Microsoft Vista Administration, Microsoft Vista for IT Security Professionals, Asterisk Hacking, 2008 VoIP and Video Conferencing, Infosecurity 2008 Threat Analysis and author of Building a VOIP Network with Nortel's MS5100, along with co-authoring/ghost writing eleven other technology books for VIOP, WLAN, security and optical technologies. Larry is currently working on a follow up to Building a VoIP network with Nortel's MCS 5100 Book as well as new books on Cisco Telepresence Networks, Practical VoIP case studies and WAN Acceleration with Riverbed.
Larry also has more than 29 vendor certifications and has been working on many others. Larry has been a principal architect around the world in 22 countries for many Fortune 100 companies designing VoIP, security, wireless and optical networks. He has expanded over time also to include application acceleration. Larry is working with worldwide company now out of Asia as a Special Assistant to the CEO and CIO as they go through organizational and network changes, helping them with strategic advice from his years of experience.
Pluto Networks is a channel partner of, LifeSize, Riverbed, Call Copy, Fastsoft and Symantec.