Wikileaks Can't Be Shut Down

Larry Greenemeier interviews Hemanshu Nigam, "a former U.S. Department of Justice prosecutor of child and computer crimes who has also held high-level cybersecurity positions at Microsoft and News Corp":

You can shut down a Web site, but there's no question an individual intent on distributing that information will already have thought about keeping a copy of it in multiple other locations, either online or offline. When you run a Web site, if you're worried about an attack on that Web site, whether it's a distributed denial-of-service attack or some sort of virus attack, the best solution to those worries is to create backup plans. There could be a copy of that information sitting on a thumb drive that everyone buys at Costco for really cheap nowadays. It could be backed up on a CD. It could be stored with a cloud network storage company that can be accessed from anywhere. That's why this is a pretty significant challenge for the government to try to shut down a sitethe task is, frankly, impossible.

Like the Dish, Bruce Schneier thinks that "the government is learning what the music and movie industries were forced to learn years ago: it's easy to copy and distribute digital files." What surprised him :

I'm not surprised that these cables were available to so many people. We know that access control is hard, and that it's impossible to know beforehand what information someone will need to do their job. What is surprising is that there wasn't any audit logs kept about who accessed all these cables. That seems like a no-brainer.