That guy has brass balls. It may very well be that this will be interpreted as obstruction of justice, there is a specific element in there about destroying evidence.
A lot of lawyers advise that the only and best time to destroy evidence is before it becomes evidence.
Then again I'm a bit more paranoid than most.
Edit - yes that looks to be the case. From their blog: We see the writing the wall, and we have decided that it is best for us to shut down Silent Mail now. We have not received subpoenas, warrants, security letters, or anything else by any government, and this is why we are acting now.
This is now the world we live in.
This guy didn't risk his life. His livelihood perhaps, but not his life.
This isn't a James Bond film. It's 1984.
US seems to have state religion now, that is State Security. Sin and get destroyed. Reminds me of USSR in that regard.
He also tried to crowdfund a very privacy-oriented ISP a while ago, but he could only do it on IndieGoGo, and it was very new at the time, and I don't think he completed the goal.
First the file sharers, then the secure emails. I wonder who's going to be next? The reddits? The HNs?
I don't see how SC's action belongs in the same sentence as what Lavabit was forced to do.
Here is a great guide for anyone interested: https://www.exratione.com/2012/05/a-mailserver-on-ubuntu-120...
I set mine up on CentOS 5 using this guide. I would recommend you also look at DKIM signing and SPF records to improve deliverability! :)
If they just send their subpoena without any of that, it will just end up in /dev/null and that's the end of the story.
Yeah, ideally we would all have our own encrypted, self hosted setup, but that's just not realistic.
Here are two free and secure email providers who keep themselves up only by donations:
This service doesn't care whether a browser-maker thinks its cert is real; they also provide a means to validate that their downloadable cert is as claimed - the cert is valid encryption between you and them, from anyone not you and them, despite whatever errors a browser throws up.
This is in no way Schadenfreude, but it does provide an opportunity for countries with more transparency, or less appetite for strong-arming their people.
Focus on security on the ends, not on the middle.
How about a law that classifies tracking or stalking on the internet is the same as in person, therefore illegal?
Can someone explain to me how this is possible? Or is this inaccurate?
You can encrypt your email all you want but it's not encrypted in the space between your load balancer and your app server.
Lavabit was alot bigger than Silent Circle and this announcement seems a bit suspicious to me. I might me totally wrong, but going ahead and shutting down the service on the same day a popular competitor does without any clear reason while at the same time embracing their other still running services seems a bit strange to me.
it shouldn't, but it makes me more confident in my choice of lavabit.
good thing I didnt use webmail.