An anonymous group of brave – some might say suicidal – Italians has set up MafiaLeaks, an information-gathering website modeled on its wiki namesake that invites tipsters to report members of the Cosa Nostra.
“There are fewer than 10 of us – with families. Everything we do to do with MafiaLeaks, we do after work, using money from our own pockets,” one told the BBC, under the understandable cloak of anonymity.
The website seeks intelligence from victims and informers who know of mafia activity. To report information, they’ll need to download and install online privacy tool Tor and, once the information has been sent in, it will only remain on the system for 20 days before being automatically purged.
Any data that comes it will be circulated among “trusted persons,” consisting of cops investigating organized crime, teams from existing anti-Mafia groups, and journalists to publicize any confirmed information.
The site is being run using Globaleak’s latest build of its distributed information-sharing system, so there’s no central server to hack, just lots of individual nodes. The open-source software, developed by European researchers independently from WikiLeaks, is used by whistleblowing wikis around the world.