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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Secure Email Service Went Back Online for 3 Days

Secure Email Service Went Back Online for 3 Days

Secure Email Service Went Back Online for 3 Days

Added: Thursday, October 31st, 2013
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2013, www.extratorrent.cc
Lavabit, the encrypted email service, which became popular thanks to Edward Snowden, opened for business once again, to let customers retrieve information. The company’s founder has closed down the service after the FBI demanded he hand over encryption keys for all his customers’ data.


Ladar Levison said in a statement that he was temporarily reinstating the email service for 3 days to allow customers to access their data. He could do that after having obtained a new secure SSL key for the website to authenticate his server and encrypt data.

People who used Lavabit’s email service were left without a possibility to access data after the site went down – just like MegaUpload’s users after Dotcom’s service closure. When asked about how the customers felt about the loss of personal information, the site founder admitted he was in the same boat as them, because he had also used his Lavabit email account for a decade and had no other one.

Ladar Levison is currently tied up in a legal battle with the American authorities over the shutdown of his website. Lavabit lawyers filed court documents where they claimed the American authorities’ demands for the encryption keys to his website had breached the 4th amendment of the US Constitution. The latter protects US citizens from unfair searches.

The email service was closed in August, leaving a note saying he had been forced to make a difficult decision. Ladar Levison had a choice between becoming complicit in crimes against the US people and walking away from nearly a decade of hard work by shutting down his business. The website founder chose the latter.

Lavabit had more than 400,000 users at the time of its death. According to court records, the email service had become the target of FBI scrutiny before it was connected to Edward Snowden. The whistleblower sent an email from his Lavabit account to invite media to a press conference in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport which had become his home for long weeks.

The legal fight of the email service has won support from such figures as Ron Paul, an ex congressman and presidential candidate. The service has also managed to raise funds to meet the legal costs of its case.

October 31st,2013

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Date:  Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Comments (5) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2013-10-31 18:33:23)
harkanwar8 avatarKeep on fighting ladar

posted by (2013-10-31 19:36:04)
Rockman avatarAre their any secure e mail services that we can use that the goverment can t hack ?

posted by Turtle (2013-11-01 05:04:10)
No avatarNot really. A service would mean you give your data to a third party. They can just ask Google or whatever third party so that will NEVER be secure.

The only plausible secure email, is your own private email server withh open source encryption. Prism-break dot org has a link to instructions on how to do that but unless you're a server administrator it's probably not small task.

Why open source encryption? Because it's harder for the NSSA to build back doors into it.(as the Guardian reported it has done with they basically call "the most widely used" encryption protocols (most common encryption = SSL - aka https:// )

With open source it's harder for them to do this because anyone can look at the code, and close the back door. With something like SSL, they just infiltrate, coerce, bribe, etc. the team/company developing it. Then they don't need a super computer as they have a back door.

"obtained a new secure SSL key"
^There's no such thing! This guy either doesn't read the news, or has no idea what he's doing. SSL is not secure from the National Security Subversion Agency and may never have been.

From Wikipedia on SSL:
"As a consequence... certificate authorities and a public key infrastructure are necessary...the 2013 mass surveillance disclosures made it more widely known that certificate authorities are a weak point from a security standpoint, allowing man-in-the-middle attacks."

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-11-01 14:35:54)
Embolism avatarA company and man of scruples and morality we applaud him for his Backbone and ethics,especially when given that 99% of all others are at this time bending over for the NSA to probe in to.

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-11-01 14:53:25)
Embolism avatarIn time those users that think they are egregious in their choice of operating system and their privacy will turn to Linux and Open source and be surprised at how user friendly it has become in the last 10 years.So much so that Microsoft has tried to emulate it and even worked with novell on Suse (even though it`s not my fav distro) Open source is and comes in a varieties from plain x-desktops to minimize space to Full 2GB fully loaded systems currently using fedora 19,but will load 20 on nov 5th.Even click and point Microsoft users have gone over to Linux since it to has a very capable GUI and updating system,1000,000`s of available applications/games/players etc,etc,etc through the repositories and Sourceforge.net and was simple enough for my 4 year old to learn on.

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