Microsoft Takes Down Whistleblower Site, Read the Secret Doc Here

Microsoft Takes Down Whistleblower Site, Read the Secret Doc Here
Microsoft Takes Down Whistleblower Site, Read the Secret Doc Here

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By Ryan Singel
Threat Level
February 24, 2010

Microsoft has managed to do what a roomful of secretive, three-letter 
government agencies have wanted to do for years: get the whistleblowing, 
government-document sharing site Cryptome shut down.

Microsoft dropped a DMCA notice alleging copyright infringement on 
Cryptome=E2=80=99s proprietor John Young on Tuesday after he posted a Microsoft 
surveillance compliance document that the company gives to law 
enforcement agents seeking information on Microsoft users. Young filed a 
counterclaim on Wednesday - arguing he had a fair use to publishing the 
document, a full day before the Thursday deadline set by his hosting 
provider, Network Solutions.

Regardless, Cryptome [1] was shut down by Network Solutions and its 
domain name locked on Wednesday - shuttering a site that thumbed its 
nose at the government since 1996 - posting thousands of documents that 
the feds would prefer never saw the light of day.

Microsoft did not return a call for comment by press time.

The 22-page document [2] (.pdf) contains no trade secrets, but will tell 
Microsoft users things they didn=E2=80=99t know. (You can read it directly on 
your own computer from the above link, or read it inline below.)



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