Convicted monopolist Microsoft has managed to get Cryptome.org taken down by its provider, Network Solutions. Cryptome.org, a site which is entirely devoted to posting secret documents and dealings of secret institutions not meant to be seen by the general public, hosted a secret booklet Microsoft handed out to cops and secret agents.
Microsoft wasn’t happy Cryptome.org had publicised the booklet and told the website to take down the “Global Criminal Compliance Handbook”. Corporate lawyers put pressure on Cryptome.org and Network Solutions under the DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) and ordered the document be removed by February 24. John Young, the man behind Cryptome.org didn’t budge an inch. Network Solutions however did, which is why Cryptome.org has been taken down.
Microsoft’s move has already backfired and exploded right in its face. Wikileaks.com has already put the handbook up for all to see, and the general public can send an email to cryptome at earthlink.net if they wish to have an internal Microsoft document in their inbox.