In December 2010, the mysterious Brusselsleaks website appeared. The idea was simple: Think of wikileaks in a EU/Brussels context.
Now BrusselsLeaks is back with a new website and a new logo! Well, the logo is rather basic and it looks like the Ukrainian flag turned upside down.
A couple of weeks ago we wrote a lenghty post about brusselsleaks in which we critisised some of its features. As far as I can see it the most crucial problems have not (yet) been addressed. (https is nice, but not using tor remains a security flaw!)
The new website is based on the wikileaks theme (not sure whether that is such a good idea as it looks like a copy cat now) and the first item is a mirrored cable – originally published by wikileaks (not sure why it is there). Let’s hope this is just a test and the real stuff is coming soon…
More problematic for a website dedicated to leaking documents is the usage of google analytics. Google analytics can be used to trace back visitors and it generates very detailed (some might say too detailed!) user reports. The problem with Google Analytics can be practical (if someone hacks into your GA account or gets hold of the google account password) or indeed legal (you might be required to hand over the logs, or google might help some investigators without telling you …you never know!) – both scenarios are certainly no good news for any potential whistle-blower.