The Death of Secrets

“Over the long run, nothing is secret.”

This quote comes from Jack Legare, the hero of my thriller in progress. He was talking about Wall Street. He could have been discussing “DarkLeaks.”

Huh?

I first learned about DarkLeaks through Hacker News. Think of it as a 24/7 auction for secrets that could belong to anyone or anything.

Facebook’s quarterly earning are secret before they’re announced. The formula for Coke is kept under lock and key. So is bad behavior if and when it exists inside corporations. (That’s why the government pays whistleblowers a bounty for outing the rot.)

Anybody know where Jimmy Hoffa is?

What if all this information could be purchased on the Internet? What if buyers and sellers could be unknown to each other…and, for the most part, unknown to the rest of the world?

What if…this capability exists now?

You know something. You offer for it sale. You disappear and never look back. Nobody knows it’s you.Snowden

DarkLeaks is file-sharing software that lives on the computer of anybody who downloads the program. I’d like to call it the eBay of secrets but that would imply there’s a website with somebody in control.

No. It doesn’t work that way.

DarkLeaks is built on the back of Bitcoin’s blockchain—a massive network of computers all talking to each other over the web. There is no web operator, which can be shut down. If you leak, DarkLeak that is, you get paid in bitcoin.

I’m not a coder. Don’t understand all the nuances. But as a modest user of blockchain technology, I know it works flawlessly. I own a tiny, tiny position in bitcoin and can transfer money anywhere in the world in about ten minutes.

No fee to me. No fee to the recipient. It’s disruptive.

As a consequence, I have every confidence that DarkLeaks works in a similarly flawless fashion. The DarkLeaks developer was also part of the original Bitcoin development team. And because the software is open source, legions of coders around the world can fix any problems that might arise.

Bottom line: DarkLeaks is the real deal.

Yes, it might out bad behavior. Whistleblowers sometimes lead miserable lives after doing the right thing. But there’s no need to worry if nobody knows your name.

Yes, it might promote bad behavior. I suspect it will be nearly impossible to prosecute insider-trading cases when DarkLeaks is the exchange. Again, there’s no need to worry if nobody knows your name.

So is DarkLeaks a force for good or evil?