WARNING: Long Post ahead. (But trust me-read it all. It’s worth your time-you may lean some things you didn’t know….)
Yes, folks, who would have thought how prophetic Roger Waters would be in 1987 when he wrote “The Tide is Turning”…….
Dear Wikileaks and John Paul Hawkins (your birth name, not your Julian Assange name that makes you sound exotic-trust me, I know your type:)
Greetings. My name is The Major. I am an Information Technology specialist, specifically in Financial Services, with a sub-specialty in networking and cyber security. As part of our routine training each year, we are all taught how to practice safe coding techniques, know OWASP 10+2 backwards and forwards, know how to spot phishing emails-y’know, the kind that cause mischief and mayhem to IT organizations. I was also heavily involved in the network integration between a major Too-Big-to-Fail Bank and a major US retailer. So, needless to say, Mr. Hawkins, I know my shit.
I know a whole lot of people look up to Wikileaks and to you, Mr. Hawkins, as some kind of hero. Sadly, I don’t. For the record, Mr. Hawkins, I met a True American Cyber Hero-RADM Grace Hopper. I met her during my college days when the ACM held their annual convention in the town where I went to college. Very few people can say they met one of (at that time) a living legend.
I have read your bio on Wikipedia. After reading it, I came to the quick realization that I know what your problem is, Mr. Hawkins-you are nothing more than an adolescent stuck inside a man’s body, desperately wanting the world to pay attention to you, and, while doing so, have used Wikileaks as your vehicle, causing massive upheaval and damage along the way.
In many ways you are very much like Howard Beale from the movie Network, who was “Mad as hell, and wasn’t going to take it any more”. Well, Mr. Hawkins, there was also another character in that movie, played by Ned Beatty, called Arthur Sloan, whose quote is also infamous: “You have meddled with the primal forces of nature, Mr Beale, and I will not have it-is that clear?”
Mr. Hawkins, consider me your Arthur Sloan.
At this point, Mr. Hawkins, you are probably asking yourself: “Just who the hell is this fool who just only recently established a Twitter account and website? What does he want from me?”
Well, first off, Mr. Hawkins, I do not suffer fools gladly. As for what I want, well, pretend your Mr. Morden, and I’m Vir Cotto from Babylon 5:
That, of course is an exaggeration-my request is much more modest that that.
I see from your bio that you started hacking back in 1987. By that time, I had already started on my successful FinTech career in 1981. At the time I was a member of the Southeastern Michigan Computer Organization (SEMCO). In 1983, an event took place that wold forever change my view of computers, hacking and crime. It got nationwide press coverage, including the New York Times. The Detroit Free Press com computer writer at the time, Colin Covert (who now works for the Minneapolis Star Tribune as a film critic) wrote a very detailed article on the going-on of the infamous 414’s.
And I had a front-row seat to to those events, Mr. Hawkins.
Now let’s fast forward to today, where Wikileak’s stunt of publishing the Democratic National Committee emails pretty much sealed Hillary’s Clinton’s fate. I also note that, according to Wikipedia, Wikileaks (and by association, you, Mr. Hawkins) oddly silent on spilling the beans on any juicy stuff from Russian sources-and, for that matter, the GOP here in the US. Rather odd behavior, that…..
Here’s the very troubling thing about your publication of those emails. First off, everyone knows that making a PDF to look like a legitimate email is easy-peasy. That, naturally, led me to someone who could validate my suspicions…..
When I read that article, things stared coming into place for me-and it’s not a particularly nice picture, Mr. Hawkins.
Just as I was writing this, I see that Wikileaks is posting a furious series of tweets attempting to discredit the recently appointed Special Prosecutor to head the Trump-Russia Investigation:
You seem bound and determined to stick your nose in our affairs. I’m not having any of it.
The Major loves his country-and I’ll be GOD DAMNED if i’m gonna let some immature asshole holed up an Ecuadoran Embassy fuck with my country.
Using Bitcoin to hide donations is a double-edge sword right there-we all know the blockchain contains every transaction ever done-which is nice. Which means we know the amount, source and destination. Which means, it will be a very simple process to work our way backwards through the blockchain to hunt down all of your the funding sources via Bitcoin. Should be fun exercise, no doubt.
Now that I hopefully have your attention, let’s back to the DNC documents, shall we?
You have 72 hours to:
- Produce the DNC database illegally provided to you for forensic analysis by an independent Cybersecurity team
- Produce a complete dump of your public searchable archives of your 44,053 emails and 17,761 attachments published on wikileaks.org so we can compare them against your purloined goods and against the DNC’s original copy.
If you fail to do so, we can only assume, as per the Politifact article, that a significant portion of your publishing are altered, and therefore, fraudulent-at which point, your credibility and reputation is now seriously called into question-if not outright ridiculed and mocked. And to the citizens of the United States, you now see what happens when you fail to hold your media and government accountable and make them do their job, and I have to step in and clean up this mess from your laziness.
(OK, I’m being a tad harsh here, but I have reason to be so. Let me ask you a question: In 2010 Fox News all but flat out stated that Wikileaks was an Enemy of The State. Now fast forward to 2016-this time, Fox News’s Sean Hannity and David Duke are praising Wikileaks.
Yes. You heard me. And now you have the evidence. Getting back to the movie “Network” and that most excellent scene with Howard Beale and Arthur Sloan, Once again I play Arthur Sloan: “Am I getting through to you, Mr. & Mrs. America and all ships at sea?” Now that I’m done with my PSA, back to the schooling…)
That last tweetstorm, though, was the final straw that broke the camels back, Mr. Hawkins. Yet again, I’m of another scene from Babylon 5, when once again, you’re Mr. Morden….but instead of being the diplomatic attache Vir Cotto, I’m pretty sure that, after this latest outburst of yours, that the people of the United States clearly sees what kind of meddling menace your are and are more than willing to gleefully play the role of Londo Mollari:
As Londo said: “Today is a very special day indeed.” And as the fullness of time marches on, Mr. Hawkins, consider this just a “shot” to use the phrase from mixology. The Major has a very special Chaser he’s brewing up just for you, Mr. Hawkins.