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NEWS - October 31, 2013

by Carol~ Moderator - 10/31/13 1:28 PM

Lavabit, Silent Circle Form New Anti-Surveillance Dark Mail Alliance

As the stunning revelations about the NSA's collection methods and capabilities continue to mount, two secure email providers that have shut down their services in recent months have formed a new alliance to develop and deploy a new secure email platform that will be resistant to surveillance and back doors. The Dark Mail Alliance, formed Wednesday by Silent Circle and Lavabit, aims to put together an open protocol and architecture for private email.

Both Lavabit and Silent Circle made the decision this summer to pull the plug on their respective secure email services, for different, but related, reasons. Lavabit, a provider of encrypted private email services, in August said that it would pull the plug on its service. At first the company didn't provide many details on why the decision had been made, but it gradually became clear that Lavabit founder Ladar Levison had decided to shut the service down rather than comply with a government request for access to the master encryption key for the service. Edward Snowden, the NSA whistle blower, was a Lavabit user, and the FBI wanted access to his email, but was also asking for access to other users' accounts. Levison instead shut the service down.

Continued : http://threatpost.com/lavabit-silent-circle-form-new-anti-surveillance-dark-mail-alliance/102757

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