WikiLeaks Founder’s Threats Are Not Bluffs

A computer security expert has told CNN that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is probably serious when he talks about unleashing a monster file of secret information if he is harmed, imprisoned, or his company is shut down.

Hemu Nigam, who has worked in government and private sector computer security for more than two decades, says that Assange specifically announced that there is a 256-bit key encryption code that only a few trusted associates know, which will unleash the contents of the 1.4 gigabyte-size file. "Most of the time, you see a 56-[bit]key encryption. That's considered secure. When you are using 256, you are sending a message: 'I'm smart enough to know that you will try to get in'," Nigam told CNN.

It could take an incalculable number of years to figure out the combination of letters, numbers and symbols comprising the 256-bit key code, says this article in ExecDigital magazine.

“It's anyone's guess what's in the 1.4 gigabyte file, labeled `insurance.aes256,’ but there's no doubt that it's inspiring intrigue among the public, much like a modern-day spy novel in which the main character's deadliest weapon is a computer,” the article quotes Nigam.

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