U.S. subpoenas Twitter for Wikileaks info
The Justice Dept. wants info dating back to Nov. 1, 2009
IDG News Service - The U.S. Department of Justice served Twitter with a subpoena seeking information about the accounts of the Wikileaks organization, its founder Julian Assange and other members and supporters, according to Twitter posts from people involved and documents published by Salon.com.
Copies of the documents were posted by Salon.com late Friday night.
The DOJ wants information dating back to Nov. 1, 2009, about Twitter user names, messages, physical and e-mail addresses, Twitter session times, IP addresses and credit card and bank account information.
Wikileaks is a nonprofit organization that publishes classified, confidential documents, often from government agencies. The DOJ probe likely focuses on Wikileaks' release in November of hundreds of thousands of secret diplomatic cables from the U.S. State Department. The situation has alarmed and embarrassed the U.S. government, which has condemned Wikileaks, saying the release of the documents endangers the country's national security and the safety of soldiers and U.S. government workers.
It wasn't clear Saturday if Twitter had turned over the information.
In addition to Assange, the DOJ is also seeking information from the accounts of Iceland parliamentarian Birgitta Jonsdottir and U.S. soldier Bradley Manning, who is suspected of having assisted Wikileaks with obtaining classified documents and is now in jail awaiting a court martial proceeding.
Separately on Saturday, Assange and Jonsdottir criticized the DOJ, saying the agency shouldn't be forcing Twitter to turn over information.
Speaking to Agence France Presse (AFP), Jonsdottir said Iceland's justice minister is looking into the issue at her request. "I am speaking to U.S. lawyers ... because I want to try to stop that Twitter needs to hand over this information," she told AFP.
Neither the DOJ nor Twitter responded to requests for comment.
- Target CIO resigns following breach
- Evan Schuman: Mobile IT Roach Motel: Data checks in, but it won't check out
- Sears finds no evidence of data breach -- yet
- Gameover malware is tougher to kill with new rootkit component
- Mobile app for RSA Conference exposes personal data
- UK man charged with hacking Federal Reserve
- Bloomberg clamps down with data-access policies after scandal
- Amazon.com security slip allowed unlimited password guesses on mobile apps
- Huge turnout at RSA shows hackers are winning
- 360 million account credentials found in the wild, says security firm
- 15 Non-Certified IT Skills Growing in Demand
- How 19 Tech Titans Target Healthcare
- Twitter Suffering From Growing Pains (and Facebook Comparisons)
- Agile Comes to Data Integration
- Slideshow: 7 security mistakes people make with their mobile device
- iOS vs. Android: Which is more secure?
- 11 sure signs you've been hacked
- Mobile Policy Checklist Here's what to consider when putting together a mobile policy designed to support a highly productive workforce.
- Mobile Applications Case Study: 8 Billion Transactions a Day The story documents how the online brokerage company tradeMONSTER created a custom mobile app and the success gleaned from this initiative. Also covered...
- Who's afraid of the big (data) bad wolf? Survive the big data storm by getting ahead of integration and governance functional requirements This paper provides a detailed review of the best practices clients should consider before embarking on their big data integration projects.
- Understanding big data so you can act with confidence Automating information integration and governance and employing it at the point of data creation helps organizations boost confidence in their big data.
- Mobile Apps and Devices Slash Customer Cycle Time Consolidated Engineering Laboratories' field employees used to collect data on triplicate forms that were sometimes hard to read and difficult to manage. After...
- Cloud Knowledge Vault Learn how your organization can benefit from the scalability, flexibility, and performance that the cloud offers through the short videos and other resources... All Legal White Papers | Webcasts