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Through the creation of WikiLeaks and the current revelations and news reports that as a result of it was the concept of a whistle-blowers website of great interest. This can be an ideal way for whistleblowers to anonymously and easily documents to journalists. The open source program SecureDrop makes the creation of such a site easier.

SecureDrop is a free program that allows you to a incorrect website can create, deploy, and manage. This whistleblowers site was originally developed by Kevin Poulsen and Aaron Swartz (co-founder of

SecureDrop can be used by news media as a digital place where whistleblowers anonymous tips can pass. SecureDrop has highly advanced features added to ensure that the whistleblower remains anonymous. To do this, use is made of individual USB-sticks and different laptops, preferably running on the anonymous operating system Tails.

This is a schematic explanation of SecureDrop:

It is important that additional measures are taken, such as not storing IP addresses on the server that is running SecureDrop runs. The installation and the maintenance of the whistleblowers site must be by professional developers to be done to ensure proper operation.

The open source organization behind this project trains also news organizations in the installation and use of the system because here is a good basic technical knowledge required for this.

Several major news organizations have already whistleblowers site on the basis of SecureDrop set up, including The Guardian and The Wall Street Journal. The system is written in Python.

SecureDrop has the following characteristics:

  • private whistleblowers website,
  • facilitates the communication between whistleblowers, journalists, and news organizations,
  • secure send messages through integrated messaging,
  • designed by the famous developer Aaron Swartz (co-founder of Reddit),
  • platform is available under an open source license,
  • site is only to be visited with the help of the anonymous communication network Tor,
  • journalists to obtain information using 2 computers and 2 USB sticks,
  • installation on an own server room.

SecureDrop screenshots


You can free download SecureDrop and safe install the latest trial or new full version for Windows 10 (x32, 64 bit, 86) from the official site.

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