An independent data researcher had originally discovered a massive data dump released byWikiLeaks to contain malware in torrent files made available by the whistleblowing website. Since then, the researcher has also confirmed that some of the files taken from the dump and now hosted on WikiLeaks.org are also malware infected.
Josh Wieder, a system administrator by trade, garnered attention from multiple newspapers and outlets around the world in April 2015. With a keen eye and the chops for data research, he revealed the presence of malware in WikiLeaks’ “Global Intelligence Files”. These files are a significant collection of emails and attachments taken from Strategic Forecasting (aka Stratfor), a private intelligence firm. He made the revelation in a blog post at the time.
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