Boffins at Wikileaks, the worldwide free press, are working to build a new safe ‘drop box’ for stories.
The international newsbreaker’s technicians say the internets regular SSL security certificates have become worthless.
A spokesman revealed: “Online security has become severely and irreversibly compromised over the past months.
“For more than a year SSL certificates have been penetrated by
various organised crime groups and intelligence agencies.
“The entire SSL system, which is the mechanism that guarantees security and anonymity online, has been compromised.
“SSL is beyond repair.
They say the new Wikileaks drop box for stories will be “very complex”.
Wikileaks is currently down because of a corporate banking blockade.
The massively successful site is funded purely by voluntary donations, 95 per-cent of which have been wiped out.
PayPal, Visa and Bank of America are behind the siege.
But the multi-award winning free-speech website hopes to be back online by next month, with improved security.
Wikileaks played a central role in the Arab Spring uprisings.
A website document proving Tunisian president Zine el-Abidine Ben Al was corrupt is credited with sowing the seeds of revolt.
Wikileaks has also exposed the use of hit squads in the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, and toxic waste dumping on the Ivory Coast.
Founder Julian Assange is currently facing what his defence team call “illegal and corrupt” rape charges in Sweden.
The complainants have been named everywhere on the web as Anna Ardin, a left-wing activist, and photographer Sofia Wilen.
The case that Assange raped the women centres on his not using a condom despite their wishes.
Ardin had sex with Assange again after the ‘rape’ and threw a party for him; Wilen made him breakfast.
It was when the women learned of his two-timing that they went to the police.
The case has once again turned the spotlight on extreme feminist sex-crime laws which campaigners say are unfair and undemocratic.
The 40 year old publisher says he fears extradition from Britain to Sweden will also lead to US extradition and incarceration for his journalism.
Our Government has placed him under arrest and a British Court has turned down his appeal. Extradition is due soon.