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The Threat of Silence (New innovation in online privacy)
Slate.com ^ | Feb. 4, 2013 | Ryan Gallagher

Posted on 02/12/2013 9:54:51 PM PST by Windflier

Meet the groundbreaking new encryption app set to revolutionize privacy and freak out the feds.

For the past few months, some of the world’s leading cryptographers have been keeping a closely guarded secret about a pioneering new invention. Today, they’ve decided it’s time to tell all.

Back in October, the startup tech firm Silent Circle ruffled governments’ feathers with a “surveillance-proof” smartphone app to allow people to make secure phone calls and send texts easily. Now, the company is pushing things even further—with a groundbreaking encrypted data transfer app that will enable people to send files securely from a smartphone or tablet at the touch of a button. (For now, it’s just being released for iPhones and iPads, though Android versions should come soon.) That means photographs, videos, spreadsheets, you name it—sent scrambled from one person to another in a matter of seconds.

“This has never been done before,” boasts Mike Janke, Silent Circle’s CEO. “It’s going to revolutionize the ease of privacy and security.”

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The technology uses a sophisticated peer-to-peer encryption technique that allows users to send encrypted files of up to 60 megabytes through a “Silent Text” app. The sender of the file can set it on a timer so that it will automatically “burn”—deleting it from both devices after a set period of, say, seven minutes. Until now, sending encrypted documents has been frustratingly difficult for anyone who isn’t a sophisticated technology user, requiring knowledge of how to use and install various kinds of specialist software. What Silent Circle has done is to remove these hurdles, essentially democratizing encryption. It’s a game-changer that will almost certainly make life easier and safer for journalists, dissidents, diplomats, and companies trying to evade state surveillance or corporate espionage. Governments pushing for more snooping powers, however, will not be pleased.

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TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: bigbrother; computers; encryption; privacy
Some heavy hitters in the fields of encryption and online privacy have developed something we Freepers may be interested in.
1 posted on 02/12/2013 9:55:01 PM PST by Windflier
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To: Windflier

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2 posted on 02/12/2013 10:06:06 PM PST by doc1019 (The rabbit hole that Obama is leading us down just gets deeper and deeper.)
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To: Windflier
TorProject.org for private Internet browsing on home computers is a good start. Slower than regular browsers but 'anonymous'.
3 posted on 02/12/2013 10:07:44 PM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (PRISON AT BENGHAZI?????)
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To: Windflier

And... other than the auto-delete function, which should not be all that difficult to add for any file with a simple scriptfile I would think, this is better than PGP/GPG exactly how?


4 posted on 02/12/2013 10:13:16 PM PST by Utilizer (What does not kill you... -can sometimes damage you QUITE severely.)
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To: Utilizer
...this is better than PGP/GPG exactly how?

Dunno, but the guy who created PGP is one of the crew who developed this privacy tool. That alone tells me that it's worth looking into.

5 posted on 02/12/2013 10:24:18 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: EdReform

bookmark


6 posted on 02/12/2013 10:25:44 PM PST by EdReform (Oath Keepers - Guardians of the Republic - Honor your oath - Join us: www.oathkeepers.org)
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To: EdReform

Ping for security


7 posted on 02/12/2013 10:27:19 PM PST by Bshaw (A nefarious deceit is upon us all!)
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To: Windflier

Yar, I see good ol’ Phil is there so that is indeed a definite plus. No name for the app, however, and no info if they will release the sourcecode as well. Can’t wait for us ‘Nix sorts to get hold of something to play with, and I hope someone over at SourceForge will have some helpful links soon.


8 posted on 02/12/2013 10:55:05 PM PST by Utilizer (What does not kill you... -can sometimes damage you QUITE severely.)
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To: Utilizer
I see good ol’ Phil is there so that is indeed a definite plus.

That's part of the reason I posted the article. There are some serious heavy hitters in that development crew.

No doubt, they want to make a buck, but more importantly, they're pissing off big brother, which gives them ultimate cred in my book.

9 posted on 02/12/2013 11:11:02 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier
...but more importantly, they're pissing off big brother, which gives them ultimate cred in my book.

Yep.
"Big Brother" with the Ubama regime in charge scares me as much as the Clinton mob did. I lurked here for nearly three years before signing up because I was waiting for the Gore to finally concede and the rats to be officially done at the White House. I was certain Free Republic members were on their "enemies list" just as surely as the Clintons had hundreds (thousands?) of FBI files stashed away.

10 posted on 02/12/2013 11:35:13 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

newsflash - every single person here likely has a file on them


11 posted on 02/13/2013 3:23:00 AM PST by Revelation 911 (hump scratching n'er do well.....all strung out on chicken wings and venison jerky)
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To: Lancey Howard

Sometimes paranoia is just common sense when people (or your government) are after you.


12 posted on 02/13/2013 4:42:48 AM PST by Chainmail (A simple rule of life: if you can be blamed, you're responsible.)
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13 posted on 02/13/2013 5:13:02 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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14 posted on 02/13/2013 5:13:25 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

Well it’s sort of anonymous. I remember reading where the hubs can still get your data. So all the gov’t needs to do is run the main hubs and it can get your data.


15 posted on 02/13/2013 6:19:45 AM PST by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: for-q-clinton

Your encrypted data, I believe.


16 posted on 02/13/2013 6:33:01 AM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Windflier

Great find! Thank you!


17 posted on 02/13/2013 6:36:22 AM PST by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Commune Obama"care" violates Anti-Trust Law s, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

Your hotlink to Tor looks impressive! Have you used it? If so, what is your humble, but always correct, opinion?


18 posted on 02/13/2013 6:46:00 AM PST by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Commune Obama"care" violates Anti-Trust Law s, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: for-q-clinton
Well it’s sort of anonymous. I remember reading where the hubs can still get your data. So all the gov’t needs to do is run the main hubs and it can get your data.

I'll have to look at the implementation, but if true, then it's a lot like mixmaster.

19 posted on 02/13/2013 6:58:49 AM PST by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: Windflier

Two points:

1. Even if the govt. could crack this wouldn’t they make noise and make it seem like they couldn’t?
2. There’s a very high bar for normal people using encryption - I think it’s because of the old “I’ve got nothing to hide”. Yet no one would think twice about using a letter and an envelope as opposed to a postcard. Ideally people would use encryption in the same way as they would put a letter in an envelope. That would have the advantage of encrypted messages not looking like they stood out.


20 posted on 02/13/2013 7:19:41 AM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Lancey Howard
"Big Brother" with the Ubama regime in charge scares me as much as the Clinton mob did.

I think there's even more to fear from Baraqi al-Ubama. Where Clinton was a corrupt liberal, Ubambo is a whole different breed of cat. He's a committed Marxist, and radical as the day is long.

21 posted on 02/13/2013 7:53:27 AM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Graewoulf
Great find! Thank you!

You bet.

22 posted on 02/13/2013 8:10:32 AM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier

Great post - looks like the good guys are starting to fight back...


23 posted on 02/13/2013 8:55:14 AM PST by GOPJ ( Illegal immigrants: violent boorish party crashers. Send them home, call police - make them leave.)
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To: Windflier
Governments pushing for more snooping powers, however, will not be pleased.

There are exceptions, but usually anything that displeases the goobermint is more than likely a good thing. Their choice. They could choose to be in favor of good things and against bad things, if they don't want people thinking things like that about them.

24 posted on 02/13/2013 9:06:02 AM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: GOPJ
Great post - looks like the good guys are starting to fight back...

We surely need to. Big Brother's tentacles are ever-reaching into every nook and cranny of our lives.

25 posted on 02/13/2013 9:33:05 AM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

Tor is NOT anonymous and the entire network has been fully encapsulated permanently.


26 posted on 02/13/2013 6:56:52 PM PST by JerseyHighlander
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