New platform lets people fee leaking confidential files




A team of cryptographers and developers want to create a website where anyone can sell datasets to the highest bidder. “You’ll hate it,” is the slogan of the service, which is accessible via Tor. Payments are made via Bitcoin.

Who wants to leak a file to the highest bidder, must be able to upload it later to Slur , a marketplace for data. Thereby are no restrictions on the type of data that is offered or the motives of the seller, says spokesman Thom Lauret of U99, the group cryptographers and developers behind the website. The design of the site is to “subvert the established order and to destabilize.

The website expects stolen databases, source code for proprietary software, zero-day exploits and other confidential documents will be on the website, as well as “unflattering” pictures and videos of celebrities. Only the highest bidder will get the data, and then may choose to release the data, or just to keep hidden. Large companies are so able to deposit money to keep leaks from publicity. In order to stem this allows users to crowd bidding deposit money together for datasets. would inter alia, to ensure that whistleblowers who are to remain completely anonymous, compensated. “Slur introduces a balanced system with the material interests of whistleblowers are protected in exchange for the risks they take,” said spokesman Lauret. Datasets can only be offered once.

To prevent false claims are made about the content of the data, the buyer can see the data before the seller gets the money. He is not happy with the content, you can start an arbitration involving other members to vote from the community about the content. They agree with the buyer, the buyer gets his money back.

Payments are made via Bitcoin and the site will only be accessible via Tor to keep out of the hands of the government. The developers do not expect to be targeted by the government because source code would fall under free speech and they do not claim to benefit from data that are sold on the site. The question is whether the US government agrees; the site is based in San Francisco.

The developers of the website hope they get public money to pay for the development of the platform. In April, a beta version of the site was to be opened, and should follow a full release in July.


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