Despite countless WikiLeaks copycats popping up since the secret-spilling site first dumped its cache of State Department cables last year, the new generation of leaking sites has produced few WikiLeaks-sized scoops. So instead of waiting for insider whistleblowers, the hacker movement Anonymous hopes that a few outside intruders might start the leaks flowing.
Earlier this week members of the hacker collective, and specifically a sub-group known as the Peopleâ€™s Liberation Front, (PLF) launched two new leaking sites, LocalLeaks.tk (not to be confused with the similarly named Localeaks.com) and HackerLeaks.tk. Both hope to receive documents through an anonymous submissions channel, analyze them, and then distribute them to the press to get â€śmaximum exposure and political impact.â€ť
But while LocalLeaks aims to use WikiLeaksâ€™ model of insider sources to expose corruption on the local scale, HackerLeaks openly invites data thieves to upload documents through its submission system, so that they can be analyzed and publicized. â€śYou download it, weâ€™ll disclose it for you,â€ť the siteâ€™s homepage reads, listing potential booty such as â€śdatabases, exploits, security flaws, documents, and email spools.â€ť