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Cryptome Celebrates 10th Anniversary

"Our goal is to be the most disreputable publisher on the Net, just after the world's governments and other highly reputable bullshitters." -John Young

In the wake of the return of Pirate Bay, another notorious website is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Cryptome, run by an architect named John Young, has a long tradition of providing controversial security-related intelligence.

Cryptome's work has not gone unnoticed. In the past Cryptome has been hacked, visited by the FBI, and faced numerous threats (legal and otherwise). On one occasion the MPAA threatened Cryptome's internet service provider Verio who, to their credit, didn't buckle under. Even Reader's Digest, otherwise a bastion of enlightenment, has referred to Cryptome an an "invitation to terrorists" and called for it to be shut down.

Over the years Cryptome has published sensitive satellite photos (locating the residences of Bush-era politicians and other juicy targets), the identities of British MI5 agents, the text of Assassination Politics (an essay that likely contributed to its author, Jim Bell's, incarnceration), the code of DeCSS (DVD decryption), and much more.

Shedding light, from the beginning, on North American surveillance efforts such as Carnivore, Echelon, and TIA, Cryptome has amply warned us of the danger from within.

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