Cryptome welcomes documents for publication that are prohibited by governments worldwide, in particular material on freedom of expression, privacy, cryptology, dual-use technologies, national security, intelligence, and secret governance -- open, secret and classified documents -- but not limited to those.As you might imagine, this has annoyed not just the US government, but governments around the world. I'm near-fanatical when it comes to the idea that transparency is essential to good government, and I think James Young (who runs Cryptome) has done important work in advancing that idea. So getting this notice of shut down from Verio - with no explanation beyond a claim that Cryptome is violating its Acceptable Use Policy - is troubling. Verio, which has otherwise been an excellent host for Cryptome, appears to be unwilling to explain the reasons behind terminating this relationship. Mr. Young speculates:
It may be wondered if Verio was threatened by an undisclosable means, say by an National Security Letter or by a confidential legal document or by a novel attack not yet aired.I should hope not. But that appears to be the most likely explanation. I'd quite like to see more on what happened. *I'm not absolutely certain, but I think Cryptome may be the first online effort I've ever donated to.