A new dark web service called ‘Dead Man Zero’ claims to offer potential whistleblowers a bit more peace of mind by providing a system that will automatically publish and distribute their secrets should they die, get jailed, or get injured.
It is the ultimate revenge site against a government which arrests or kills you.
“So what if something happens to you?…Especially if you’re trying to do something good like blow the whistle on something evil or wrong in society or government. There should be consequences if you are hurt, jailed, or even killed for trying to render a genuine and risky service to our free society.”
“Now you have some protection. If ‘something happens’ to you, then your disclosures can be made public regardless,” the site promises.
What you do is upload your files, encrypted with a password, to a cloud storage service. Then you include the link, along with the password and an optional description of your material. The site will then add its own layer of encryption, too. You are then given your own unique URL to log in from, accessible only using the Tor browser.
If you don’t log back into it once a day, week or month (those are the options), your documents and respective password will be published on the site, and sent to a list of email addresses that you provide in advance.
Ideally these would be hacks you trust to do the story justice, rather than your tin foil hat mate who runs a site which claims that the world is run by lizards.
The site can also be accessed via a smart phone, assuming you can browse hidden services on it.
For a user to upload their archive, they are required to pay 0.30 Bitcoin (around £70 or $120 at today’s rate). More than 399 sets of documents have been uploaded, and 17 will be released if their owner doesn’t log in within the next 24 hours.
Of course, there is a certain amount of trust required here. It could be a site set up by the men in black to get your documents and lull you into a false sense of security.
It will also protect any blackmailers of the rich and famous, or ex-boyfriends looking for post-mortem revenge.