Aaron Swartz's Final Project: Secure Whistleblower Submission Platform Gets New Support
from the and-a-detailed-security-audit dept
Back in May, we wrote about Aaron Swartz’s final project, done in collaboration with Wired’s Kevin Poulsen, to create a very secure platform to allow whistleblowers to anonymously submit documents to the press. At the time it was called DeadDrop, and the initial media partner was The New Yorker, which set up its version as Strongbox. It’s unclear if anyone’s actually used Strongbox, but obviously since that launch there’s been renewed attention concerning leakers and whistleblowers, and ways to leak information safely.
Today it was announced that the Freedom of the Press Foundation, an offshoot of the EFF which we’ve covered before, has taken over the project, now dubbed SecureDrop. Besides having the support of the Foundation to help with development and deployment of the platform, they’ve also announced that the system has gone through a significant security audit by some of the most respected names in the business, leading to a few additional improvements:
SecureDrop’s code has gone through a detailed security audit by a team of University of Washington researchers, led by Alexei Czeckis. Other authors of the audit include renowned security expert Bruce Schneier and Tor developer Jacob Appelbaum. Freedom of the Press Foundation has made a number of updates to SecureDrop based on these findings and will be making a significant investment in continually improving the system.
On top of that the Foundation has hired computer security expert James Dolan to maintain the code and to help install the system for media organizations. He helped do the original installation of StrongBox for the New Yorker. Hopefully a bunch of media organizations look into using this system, as it will help provide better ways to protect whistleblowers, especially in an age where they’re under such constant attack from the government.