Wednesday, February 6, 2013

New "Surveillance-Proof" App To Secure Communications Has Governments Nervous

Finally a mobile device app that makes your phone, texts, and emails secure from snooping.

If it does what it claims, this will be a game changer for OpSec communication.
Named Silent Circle, it is in essence a series of applications that can be used on a mobile device to encrypt communications—text messages, plus voice and video calls. Currently, apps for the iPhone and iPad are available, with versions for Windows, Galaxy, Nexus, and Android in the works. An email service is also soon scheduled to launch.

The encryption is peer to peer, which means that Silent Circle doesn’t centrally hold a key that can be used to decrypt people’s messages or phone calls. Each phone generates a unique key every time a call is made, then deletes it straight after the call finishes. When sending text messages or images, there is even a “burn” function, which allows you to set a time limit on anything you send to another Silent Circle user—a bit like how “this tape will self destruct” goes down in Mission: Impossible, but without the smoke or fire.
 What about LEO's requesting payment records to try and nail someone?
Almost every base seems to have been covered. Biannually, the company will publish requests it gets from law enforcement in transparency reports, detailing the country of origin and the number of people the request encompassed. And any payment a person makes to Silent Circle will be processed through third-party provider Stripe, so even if authorities could get access to payment records, Janke says, “that in no way gives them access to the data, voice, and video the customer is sending-receiving ... nor does it tie the two together.
Read about Silent Circle here.

They've really done their homework and are serious about privacy rights.

This is something to really consider.



  1. I have no doubt LAPD is corrupt as hell. it seems a lot of cops are these days, but this guy is nucking futs!

    1. You posted in the wrong story, but yes, he's nuts, a lefty, progressive one at that.

    2. Ooops, just noticed that.