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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Encrypted Services Developed by US Universities to Protect against NSA

Encrypted Services Developed by US Universities to Protect against NSA

Encrypted Services Developed by US Universities to Protect against NSA

Added: Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
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
After the American spooks effectively closed Lavabit email service back in 2013, a really secure email system, unhackable by the surveillance agencies, has remained a holy grail for many. Now fresh experts from Harvard and MIT have created a new system dubbed ProtonMail. They claim that their new email service will be even more secure than Lavabit and 100% unhackable by the National Security Agency or other spy agencies.

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Lavabit became popular after being promoted by Edward Snowden, who used to leak all the secrets in the world via Lavabit mailbox. However, soon the US authorities put an undue burden on the company and were forcing its founder, Ladar Levison, to hand over the SSL encryption keys. Unlike all other companies who did pass their users’ identities under the government’s request, Levison preferred to refuse and shut down his service. Litigation is still ongoing, where lavabit founder complains that the authorities violate a Fourth Amendment right which prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures.

New service, ProtonMail, is based around using special codes or keys. In fact, such system is known as PGP and has been around for almost twenty years. The problem was that it was too complicated to gain widespread adoption. As for ProtonMail, not only does it offer end-to-end encryption, but is also based in Switzerland. The latter means that the service will not have to comply with US courts’ request to hand over user information. Even if a Swiss court ordered information to be revealed, the email service could only hand over piles of encrypted information because it doesn’t have an encryption key and never sees the user’s password.

ProtonMail launched as a public beta a week ago. Before, it was online for two weeks as an invitation-only private beta. Now anyone is offered to use ProtonMail to a limited extent for free. Harvard and MIT students also add that “power users” will be charged $5 per month to use the service.

According to Jason Stockman, a co-developer of ProtonMail, the service aims to be as user-friendly as the major commercial services, but will differ by its extra security. He explained that multiple users from China, Iran, Russia, and other countries worldwide have already shown in the past months that ProtonMail became an important tool for their freedom of speech. The team of developers is therefore happy to finally be able to provide their services to the whole world.

Posted by:  SuperAdmin
Date:  Thursday, May 22nd, 2014



Comments (17) (please add your comment »)

1
posted by ET junkieET loverSupermanTurtle (2014-05-22 14:12:49)
Waz avatarNow i can i email my mate's funny pics i come across online in super secret

2
posted by (2014-05-22 15:27:40)
No avatarProtonMail secure? I don't think so, By the way where are the funds come from? No doubt Harvard and MIT are under watchful eyes of NSA.

3
posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverTurtle (2014-05-22 15:30:56)
Carjacker avatarNow, for some more entertaining disinformation from the NSA flunkies - so, where do you think the NSA/FBI/CIA perform their most hardcore recruiting for talent? The same places that just so happen to 'develop' an 'unhackable by the NSA' email service. These colleges get research grants and funding for all kinds of Top Secret stuff from the Government.
Yeah,right, Ill believe just because it's in Switzerland that Im safe - Everyone said the same thing about Swiss bank accounts. Now, the US government is forcing Swiss banks to identify account holders through the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act. If they want access to these email servers, they will find a way to just it as national security concerns and get the EU to capitulate.
...and I got a bridge to sell you right in Brooklyn, just sign here.....
If it's not Open Source and vetted by the Community, I aint buying it.

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posted by Turtle (2014-05-22 19:47:23)
No avatar#3 is right- that is total propaganda. The NSA's tech is developed by these same people in universities that get DARPA grants to make things like drones designed to fly in *swarms* with 150,000 watt lasers on each of them.

They recruit their useful idiots from these institutions after brainwashing them that they aren't responisble for what other people do with technology they develop- even when the people paying them are openly stating they will use it to kill civilians they deem "enemy combatants".

And that Swiss business is bull also- I think recently there was a article somewhere(maybe here) saying how the US courts ruled that such a company must still turn over the data regardless of what country it's in.

Did everyone forget Kim Dotcom and how even *without jurisdiction* the US got his site off the web among other things?

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posted by Turtle (2014-05-22 19:51:22)
No avatarYou want secure email? Prosecute everyone participating in, advocating, or approving of this with treason for levying a cold war targeting the public. When those responsible are convicted and face a firing squad, your email will be much more secure right there.

Without their interference, legitimate developers can fix the sabotage and subversion to security.

6
posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2014-05-22 20:42:50)
Embolism avatarIf you wanted smart tech would you not go to the smartest technically savvy people for an answer to your problem,agreed MIT does have government funding for technical development and Harvard is no slouch where business is concerned so a merging of the two should produce good things we will observe how things develop for them,FYI peeps TimBL is on the panel for MIT Center for Collective Intelligence and I think everyone is aware of his views on the freedom of the W.W.W since he created it and created it for us to use freely.

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posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2014-05-22 20:52:00)
Embolism avatarSorry TimBL is Tim Berners Lee for those who did`nt know,it must be said Blackphones use PGP and secure encryption without any keys being held by Inner circle and the inventor of PGP is one of the directors @Blackphone,if such encryption service can be offered free to low use clients I for one would consider it,obviously high use clients then pay for the privilege and undercut their competitors in inner circle and others,s`all depending on how favourably it works.

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posted by (2014-05-22 22:41:02)
No avatarif any of the ones doubting the security of this why dont u go read the other articles yourself about how good it is and that they can offer UNHACKABLE email as there are 2 keys for it your password which partially opens it and then the decryption key which you have not them.. so they can say they are safe and secure as since they do not have YOUR decryption key they cant even open and look at ur emails... i have looked into it and signed up for it

9
posted by (2014-05-23 06:01:58)
frenzeed avatar"100% unhackable by the National Security Agency or other spy agencies"...would it be possible that because it may be an open source to such agencies, leaving no need to hack in?

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posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanKitty (2014-05-23 10:34:31)
SirSeedsAlot avatarNSA has backdoors to PGP otherwise Phil Zimmerman would still be in jail. USA would never allow an unbreakable encryption routine to be available to citizens. It is considered a weapon. only suitable for the Feds to use. "Made in the USA" encryption automatically means "Made for the NSA".

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posted by Turtle (2014-05-23 16:10:27)
No avatarWhat 10 said. No need for your keys when you can exploit the protocol.

Even with open source encryption it's possible for them to have a agent set up in a 'front corporation' or some phoney non-profit organization as a sysadmin that contributes code for example. Then all they have to do is 'accidentally' put a security hole in.

It can even be spread out with one command here and there and none of the open source community looks at all of it at once and sees that 'big picture' and catches the flaw. You'll have one guy go over a driver 'agent x' made etc., but nothing else- and never see the backdoor spread through multiple contributions to the code.

12
posted by (2014-05-23 17:10:58)
Turbowater avatarThe rumor is the NSA has the master key, for PPG, if that is true it's not secure just mildly time consuming...

13
posted by (2014-05-23 23:08:54)
No avatarThey should just change the name to honeypot mail.

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posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2014-05-24 02:14:12)
Embolism avatarI like the comments some have made, but look at this simply @10 on-wards if only the user has the password and encryption code and the company does not, it the company cannot give anything to the NSA if requested this is the part of the Blackphone security as well as legally allowing under their transparency any requests made by the NSA for data to be made public on their site.
Neither the NSA nor any agency will pursue a pointless endeavour in chasing a company for keys if it is known not to possess them in the first place. https://www.blackphone.ch/ no doubt there will be many who cannot afford 600 dollar phones who would welcome a secure encrypted email service outside of silent circle and this is what protonmails objectives claim to be I for one applaud their efforts if it confounds in even the smallest way the spy masters who have stolen our privacy and freedom.

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posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2014-05-24 02:30:52)
Embolism avatarIt is all really pointless anyway since any decent spy/terrorist will use a cipher or keyword signals in a standard greeting message and no flagging in the world will pick up the meaning of said communication,such could be the third letter of a message as in Hope you Go,Hope you Stay and such could signal an attack on buildings or people in a predetermined series of objectives.No amount of spying on the worlds populace will stop these people since they were mostly trained in guerrilla warfare by the USA and England in the 80`s and since have trained the next generation who have in turn brought their own skill sets to add to this knowledge,what confounds me is when they have all the USA and UK`s metadata and computers and personnel spending literally billions with almost no results from such that they continue this pointless game in a financially stormy climate to the detriment of all, especially the taxpayers.

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posted by (2014-05-24 04:17:02)
cggc avatarGreeting apology for one of the big companies like Sony for having hackable console which not been on any news report after all the reports Xbox was discarded by a single child so if Xbox can decode for a child that is what can happen to the best encryption if there is not enough criminals to focus on a single encryption just say not everyone has enemies and just by chance we offer more...

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posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2014-05-24 07:09:28)
fusseltier avatari thought it was against the law to use encryption not approved by the government...
i remember when netscape 128bit was not allowed for use outside the US because they didn't want outsiders to have that strong of encryption...



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