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WikiLeaks server up for grabs on eBay

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 14:10

Washington: The server, which hosted WikiLeaks during its release of classified US State Department documents, is now on sale on eBay for a price of 25,200 dollars, as of Monday.

The server belongs to the Swedish Internet service provider Bahnhof, which was rented out to WikiLeaks in 2010.

Wikileaks used that hardware to serve the so-called ‘Collateral Murder’ video, 2007 footage of US helicopter crew gunning down a group of men in Baghdad, including two Reuters journalists, apart from the Guantanamo Files, CNN reports.

Bahnhof CEO Jon Karlung said that all funds raised from the sale of the server will be donated to organizations in support of widening transparency, including Reporters Without Borders and the 5th of July Foundation.

Karlung said that the server is a historical machine, a symbol for the freedom of internet and will be remembered forever.

However, the buyers would have the 35 pounds of hardware wiped clean of any of the previous data through the ‘Gutmann data sanitation method’, which prevents data recovery by overwriting the hard drive 35 times.

Karlung hopes to raise at least 50,000 dollars by the time the bidding ends this week.

The server, still in pristine condition, has survived numerous attempts by outside hackers trying to disrupt or cripple the server via denial-of-service attacks.

Karlung further said that in light of the NSA scandal, the server should not go in the hands of the security agencies but to someone who protects the values of freedom of speech and the right for having one’s own opinion, the report added.


First Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 14:10
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