Rumors are flying that something sinister happened to Wikleaks’ Julian Assange. According to Fox News, “WikiLeaks said Monday that its founder Julian Assange’s internet link was ‘severed by a state party’ and that ‘appropriate contingency plans’ were activated.”
The website’s announcement came hours the official Wikleaks Twitter account published 3 cryptic Tweets. The messages referenced “Ecuador, Secretary of State John Kerry and the United Kingdom’s Foreign Commonwealth Office. Each tweet was matched with a string of numbers.”
Gizmodo noted that the 64-character codes sparked a whirlwind of rumors that Assange had died.
Rumors on Reddit and Twitter said that the numbers triggered a so-called “dead man’s switch,” which could be enacted in case Assange did die. Gizmodo reported that such switches do exist
WikiLeaks hasn’t tweeted anything else about Assange’s internet and how it may have been “severed.”
Three years ago, Wikileaks put 3 files on their website, as an insurance policy for Assange, should something bad happen to him. The keys provide a way for the information to be made to the public, should something happen to Assange. Well Sunday evening, those 3 keys were released, encryption for those files.
Not long after this happened, an anonymous source confirmed that the information provided in the tweet is a sort of confirmation code called an SHA256 hash. With this code one is able to confirm that the integrity of the document is sound. In essence, it’s a digital chain of custody. Wikileaks has listed three names associated with these files: John Kerry, Ecuador, and the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
In addition to these tweets, Wikileaks also released a series of encrypted files onto the web as a safeguard. If anything should happen to Julian Assange, the password to those files will be released to the general public. One can only assume that the contents of the files are pertaining to the above-mentioned “targets.”
Following the mysterious Tweet from Wikileaks, hackers immediately began to panic, not taking the event lightly at all:
How completely chilling! We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.