technology podcast #310

Tech Podcast: SIPRnet and the WikiLeaks cables

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Our big story on The World’s Technology Podcast this week is WikiLeaks. The whistle-blowing website started releasing more than 250,000 US State Department cables, and the back-and-forth over their meaning and import will no doubt continue for weeks to come. Our show this week takes a look at where all those cables came from; namely, a US government Intra-net system called SIPRnet, which began life in the mid-1990s as a secure way for the US military to achieve command and control. After 9/11, and the subsequent investigations into failures in US intelligence, SIPRnet was opened up to more users, including US State Department personnel. In this week’s podcast, you’ll hear computer security expert Mikko Hypponen and former US intelligence officer Michael Tanji detail the good and bad of increased access to a system like SIPRnet, and the challenges in securing it. You’ll also hear about Private Bradley Manning, the person suspected of gaining access to the cables, along with thousands of other documents, and then sending them on to WikiLeaks. Manning is already a suspect in previous leaks. You can also read the online exchange Manning supposedly had with hacker Adrian Lamo. Lamo eventually turned Manning in to authorities. In other developments, Amazon booted WikiLeaks off their servers, and the organization’s domain name provider also cut them off. Wikileaks is using its Twitter feed to update folks on how to continue to access the site.

Also in this episode, we’ll take a look at the European Commission’s decision to launch a formal anti-trust investigation into Google, and we’ll try to figure out what’s going wrong with those engines on the Airbus 380 jumbo jets.

And we’ll have an appreciation of the life of Sir Maurice Wilkes, the “father” of British computing. Wilkes has died at the age of 97.

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Oh, and surely we should mention the passing of a comedic giant…Leslie Nielsen.

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