Lavabit founder comments on closure of encrypted email service

By David Tom
Aug 12, 2013
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  1. We previously reported that Lavabit, the encrypted email service that recently gained recognition for its use by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, had been shut down. Thursday's decision to shutter the service was supposedly caused by pressure from the US government...

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  3. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,727   +1,092

    cliffordcooley - you were right about this, and it's BS. It's one thing to make an email provider conform to the laws passed by congress, even if we don't like them. It's another to make them keep their mouth shut about it. Obama will probably just consider this another 'phony scandal'

    Usually when people talk about the US being a 'nanny state' they mean it's because of how much the govt will take care of you. It's quickly also starting to mean how closely we are watched.
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  4. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,597   +369

    "His dislike for the government instead stems from how the methods used to conduct investigations are kept secret."

    This not only shows the level of US Govt lack of transparency (bordering on corruption and win at all costs) but doesn't solve anything. These services will just go overseas. The US can continue to abuse their power. Once they push too far, what will stop other countries from creating their own master DNS? Who says they haven't indeed done or looked into this already? The rest of the world doesn't have to pander to US self-interests unchecked. They don't own the internet.
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  5. I would like to suggest the 'Gagging' order was enforced to prevent him from revealing details, not
    about their Demands, but about, say, their 'requirements'.
    That they really required, was the ability to process emails prior to their Server placement; That they required Snooping equipment to be installed, and thus, would not desire these details to be made public.
    It would seem obvious that they find it difficult to easily acquire the details that they demand, so
    require some sort of 'Back door' facility; This has been suggested elsewhere, that processors
    such as Intel have this in there microcode OS; May I even suggest that Finger Print entry (Apple), could be logged, for some future surveillance?

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