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2.6 TB of documents showing "how the rich and powerful use tax havens to hide their wealth" leaked

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Mossack Fonseca, a law firm which offers to administer your offshore company for a fee and has over 200,000 clients, had their servers breached and 2.6TB of documents stolen which show

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how a global industry led by major banks, legal firms, and asset management companies secretly manages the estates of the world’s rich and famous: from politicians, Fifa officials, fraudsters and drug smugglers, to celebrities and professional athletes.

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They show how Mossack Fonseca has helped clients launder money, dodge sanctions and evade tax.

The company says it has operated beyond reproach for 40 years and has never been charged with criminal wrong-doing.

The documents show links to 72 current or former heads of state in the data, including dictators accused of looting their own countries.

Gerard Ryle, director of the ICIJ, said the documents covered the day-to-day business at Mossack Fonseca over the past 40 years.

"I think the leak will prove to be probably the biggest blow the offshore world has ever taken because of the extent of the documents," he said.

This seems to be the largest data breach in history and it seems to be some pretty scary stuff. A lot of the data in the breech involved many high level government officials including:

  • Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak
  • Libya's former leader Muammar Gaddafi
  • Syria's president Bashar al-Assad.
  • Russian banks and close associates of President Putin
  • Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson

And there's even more!

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Why should you care?

Good question. Personally, I think it just demonstrates the level of corruption that exists around the world. Potentially one of your government officials or their close family members will be on this list, potentially not. 

This also demonstrates yet again how important good security practices are, 2.6TB is an ENORMOUS amount of data and it is beyond me how they could steal that much data before anyone found out. I hope more information on how this was done is released in the future. 

 

I guarantee someone, if not, a lot of people, are getting fired over this.

 

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This is insanity, I cannot wait till this all unravels and we get some more hard numbers on for instance the amounts of money involved. I never believed in the "shadow business men" but damn this is making it very hard to become very paranoid

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Where can I wget this?

Comb it with a brick

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Where can I wget this?

I think the official site for the analysis of data is http://panamapapers.sueddeutsche.de/en/ but I'm a little doubtful that you'll ever be able to wget the data.

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man, with that volume, it could take years for anything meaningful to filter through the courts of different countries around the world

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How would you even know where to start?

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Very good video explaining some of the data here: 

I've added it to the OP.

 

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Well look at the rich. They own a lot of things. How do you get rich, by not spending money. There you go you need different, shady ways.

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I bet the Prime Minister of my country (Malaysia) has something to do with that Mossack Fonseca law firm one way or another..

 

Edit: Well what do you know, his son is in the list. The one who funded the movie 'The Wolf of Wallstreet'

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It'll be interesting to see the full extent of this but sadly nothing "good" (an entirely subjective term) will come from it.

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If I recall correctly, no American politicians have been named. On reddit people were crying foul and bullshit, but lets get something straight.

 

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If the IRS cared about your bullshit, it would try to collect tax on it.

 

It's harder for Americans than, most nationalities to get away with stuff for any length of time. Not to mention tax evasion has extremely hefty penalties and the public will string you up from a pole if you get caught. Historically Americans absolutely hate tax evasion and have used it *many* times to take down crime bosses, corrupt people, etc.. It's just not worth risking for most business people in the U.S. when there are tricks and tax breaks you can leverage.

Cooperation are a different thing on the other hand.

It would not surprise me that no Americans are caught up in this thing. We got our own stuff going on. We shall see however...

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Agent Patrick Denham: You know, Jordan, I’ll tell you something. Most of the Wall Street jackasses that I bust…
Jordan Belfort: Yeah.
Agent Patrick Denham: They’re, uh…they’re to the manner born.
Jordan Belfort: Is that right?
Agent Patrick Denham: Yeah. Their fathers are douchebags, just like their fathers before them. But you, you, Jordan, you got this way all on your own.
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I thought this was common knowledge although of course you need proof to make a case - looks like we finally got it. Now we'll see if governments take fair action or chicken out.

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I would be quite interested to know more about how they actually processed all of this data. According to Wikipedia they OCR'd quite a bit of it and used some other fancy stuff to work through it.

 

In any case, if this has kept 376 journalists busy for about a year there should be some juicy info in there I hope. I must say I find it pretty impressive that so many people have been working on this for so long and until now there was nothing about it on the wires. That's some special-ops military-grade discipline.

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who cares we cant escape the upper 1% and capitalism, leaks or not 

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You know if this stuff was gotten through a "hack" or "leak" or anything like that, it may all be inadmissible in court and become worthless and nothing will come of it :(

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1 minute ago, deviant88 said:

who cares we cant escape the upper 1% and capitalism, leaks or not 

So we should just let them continue doing exactly what they're doing whilst poking at them with a stick and say "stop that"?

 

These fuckers need to burn, and a significant amount of them will.

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1 hour ago, deviant88 said:

who cares we cant escape the upper 1% and capitalism, leaks or not 

 

I doubt it will fundamentally change how the world works. BUT: I would bet that heads will roll. Not all of them, but some.

 

If we think long-term, things like this might actually cause a slow shift. If people can't rely on their secret machinations being kept secret anymore, it might affect their behavior for the better eventually. Not all of them, and not from "totally corrupt" to "holy savior", but if it has the effect of some people not going quite as far as they would have otherwise, that's change for the positive.

 

It won't save the world, but it might improve it slightly. And in the end, through the millennia of history, improvements usually only happen in small increments over long periods of time. But still, the long-term trend is upwards. If you compare the life of an average human today with that of an average human 3000 years ago, we're probably better off today, all things considered. Not all of us, but on average, things are better.

 

1 hour ago, Ryan_Vickers said:

You know if this stuff was gotten through a "hack" or "leak" or anything like that, it may all be inadmissible in court and become worthless and nothing will come of it :(

 

It was from an anonymous source who handed it to the Sueddeutsche Zeitung. How admissible it is in court might depend on court, country, document... probably not going to be decided for everything at once.

 

But even if it's not, it could still end more than one career, or at least severely damage it.

 

 

In any case, I think this should make for an interesting combination of disillusion and schadenfreude in the coming weeks.

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God DAMN that's a huge leak! And with the people involved in this shady business, I think they all should be prosecuted in the court of law in their respective countries.

 

And I will go off-topic here. This also applies to us Americans where we live in a fucked-up system that works for the corporate overlords that owns just about everything. It's so disgraceful to the point that, in my honest opinion, all the politicians are nothing more than an illusion to what the fuck's going on in America. Here's George Carlin on the American Dream.

 

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EK-Supremacy EVO - Kit Edition | EK-FC RTX 2080 + Ti Classic RGB Waterblock and Backplate | EK-XRES 140 D5 PWM Pump/Res Combo | Hardware Labs Black Ice SR2 480 MP | Corsair ML120 PWM fans | A mixture of EK-KIT fittings and EK-Torque STC fittings, and Bitspower adapters | Primochill PrimoFlex LRT 3/8 x 1/2 soft tubing | EK-CryoFuel coolant | Bitspower G1/4 Temperature Probe Fitting

DESK TOIS

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Glorious Modular Mechanical Keyboard | Glorious Model D Featherweight Mouse | 2x BenQ PD3200Q 32" 1440p IPS displays + BenQ BL3200PT 32" 1440p VA display | Mackie ProFX10v3 USB Mixer + Marantz MPM-1000 Mic | Sennheiser HD 598 SE Headphones | 2x ADAM Audio T5V 5" Powered Studio Monitors + ADAM Audio T10S Powered Studio Subwoofer | Logitech G920 Driving Force Steering Wheel and Pedal Kit + Driving Force Shifter | Logitech C922x 720p 60FPS Webcam | Xbox One Wireless Controller

QUOTES

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"So because they didn't give you the results you want, they're biased? You realize that makes you biased, right?" - @App4that

"Brand loyalty/fanboyism is stupid." - Unknown person on these forums

"Assuming kills" - @Moondrelor

"That's not to say that Nvidia is always better, or that AMD isn't worth owning. But the fact remains that this forum is AMD biased." - @App4that

"I'd imagine there's exceptions to this trend - but just going on mine and my acquaintances' purchase history, we've found that budget cards often require you to turn off certain features to get slick performance, even though those technologies are previous gen and should be having a negligible impact" - ace42

"2K" is not 2560 x 1440 

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1 minute ago, prolemur said:

If they had slower internet connections, they wouldn't have been able to steal that much data so quickly without it being noticed :P

that's true... oh no, now we're going to see even more data caps and restrictions as ISPs jump on the bandwagon of marketing poorer connections as a security feature! xD:( 

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