Breaking News

New Encryption Software Available to the Public, So Private it Might Upset the FBI
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

A revolutionary new encryption software is due to hit the market on February 8th. Silent Circle is releasing a new Silent Text app that its makers claim will “revolutionize privacy and security.” They claim that it will give great benefits for human rights activists worldwide, but the FBI might try to shoot it down.

In the interests of freedom, Silent Circle will have no backdoors for the FBI to snoop on any sending encrypted files. A minimum of information about the subscribed users is kept: no metadata such as the times and dates of calls is recorded, and IP logs are flushed every seven days.

Once a file is sent, it is broken into thousands of pieces and stored for a time in the “Secure Cloud Broker,” and then sent to the recipient. Silent Circle themselves can’t access the file, as the encryption key is on the users’ device and then is deleted after it has been used to open the file. Files can also be “burned,” meaning deleted, off either device after a certain number of minutes.

  
What
Where


The service will cost $20 a month and will soon be available in apps stores, first for iPads and iPhones and later for Android devices. It will be able to encrypt files up to 60 megabytes — videos, recordings, documents, pictures.

The designers include a crack team of heavy hitters, including Phil Zimmermann, who created PGP encryption, a standard for email security; Jon Callas, who made Apple’s whole-disk encryption, which secures hard drives on Macs; and Vincent Moscaritolo, a cryptographic engineer for apple.

Since the FBI won’t have a backdoor, this will allow not only freedom fighters around the world to expose the abuses of their government, and so forth, but also encourage some criminal activity. CEO Mike Janke thinks the abuse is far outweighed by the benefit, who says “We feel that every citizen has a right to communicate, the right to send data without the fear of being grabbed out of the air and used by criminals, stored by governments, and aggregated by companies that sell it.”

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!




“The advantages are far outweighing the small ‘one percent’ bad-intent user cases,” he says, as reported by Slate magazine. “When you try to introduce backdoor technology, you create a major weakness that can be exploited by foreign governments, hackers, and criminal elements.”‘

If the FBI does give them trouble, they are prepared to move to a jurisdiction that gives them more leeway.





 

Interesting Legal Sites You May Like


BCG FEATURED JOB

Locations:

Keyword:



Search Now

Junior Litigation Attorney

USA-TX-Dallas

Dallas office of our client, a Chambers ranked law firm, is actively seeking associates to join our ...

Apply Now

Investment Funds Attorney

USA-NY-New York City

New York City office of our client is seeking a mid-level attorney with hedge fund, private equity, ...

Apply Now

Intellectual property litigation attorney

USA-CA-San Francisco

San Francisco AmLaw office is seeking an intellectual property litigation attorney with 2-5 years of...

Apply Now

RELEVANT JOBS

Litigation Attorney

USA-CA-San Diego

Growing, preeminent civil litigation firm with a focus on real estate, construction defect and busin...

Apply now

Attorney

USA-MD-North Bethesda

Bethesda, Maryland consumer collections practices law firm has immediate opening for an entry level ...

Apply now

Litigation Paralegal

USA-NY-Brooklyn

Ween & Kozek, PLLC is hiring. We are a boutique law firm focused on housing and tenants’ right...

Apply now

Associate Attorney (2+ years)

USA-WA-Seattle

Overview:  Tyson Mendes is seeking an experienced litigation associate to join our team of a...

Apply now

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

To Top