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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

WikiLeaks founder confirms Bank of America is next target — maybe

Posted By on Wed, Dec 22, 2010 at 11:38 AM

He may or may not be a sexual offender and he may or may not be indicted on espionage charges by the United States, but what we definitely know about WikiLeaks' Julian Assange is that he loves exposing big organizations. And yesterday, after several weeks of speculation that has Charlotte's suits shivering in their Uptown towers, an article confirmed — maybe (see below) — that Bank of America is the next target.

Either way, expect leaks about one of America's big banks early next year, and expect heads to roll ... uh, maybe.

From Yahoo! News and the Agence France-Presse:

Assange also confirmed that WikiLeaks was holding a vast amount of material about Bank of America which it intends to release early next year.

"We don't want the bank to suffer unless it's called for," Assange told The Times. "But if its management is operating in a responsive way there will be resignations," he said, without giving details about the material.

Shares in Bank of America have fallen amid speculation that it was a WikiLeaks target.

Read the entire article here.

But, wait! Forbes magazine is reporting the opposite, though they still can't decide if BofA execs should relax now.

In the furious storm of speculation over which institution will be the subject of WikiLeaks’ next document dump, the media’s definition of “confirmed” just got a little blurrier. But calm yourselves, Bank of America executives: your secrets are no more or less certain to be exposed than they were yesterday.

Read the rest of this post, by Andy Greenberg, here.

According to The Charlotte Observer and other sources, a Bank of America executive's hard drive may or may not have made it into the hands of WikiLeaks. While the bank shrugged off the rumors in the past, the new rumor is BofA's Internet security is now as tight as a homophobe's sphincter.

No the fuck wonder WikiLeaks exists, the media can't even get its own story straight. In the meantime, Charlotte's banking darling is beginning to secure domain names that could be used to rail against their new leader, Brian Moynahan.

From Domain Name Wire:

The company has been aggressively registering domain names including its Board of Directors’ and senior executives’ names followed by “sucks” and “blows”.

For example, the company registered a number of domains for CEO Brian Moynihan: BrianMoynihanBlows.com, BrianMoynihanSucks.com, BrianTMoynihanBlows.com, and BrianTMoynihanSucks.com. Just to be sure, it also picked up the .net version of these names and some .orgs as well.

Read the rest of this post here.

P.S. A special thanks to Jeremy Markovich (@deftlyinane) for his Tweets and links on this topic today.

Meanwhile, several parodies and documentaries are starting to roll out in support of the rouge organization. Here's one of them:

Rhiannon "Rhi" Bowman is an independent journalist who contributes snarky commentary on Creative Loafing's CLog blog four days a week in addition to writing for several other local media organizations. To learn more, click the links or follow Rhi on Twitter.

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