Email Encryption Service Provider ‘ProtonMail’ Now on Tor

ProtonMail-Tor-ServiceIf you look in the VooDoo Tech section, you’ll see we endorse both ProtonMail and Tor.  Both are excellent services if you value your online privacy and now they work together!  ProtonMail, launched in 2014 by a group of MIT and CERN experts, is the largest email encryption service provider in the world having more than two million users. It is the preferred emailing platform of activists and journalists who need to keep information confidential.  In its latest announcement, ProtonMail’s co-founder Dr. Andy Yen stated that they would allow the users to directly access their email accounts via Tor network so that they could counter steps taken by authoritative governments across the globe to minimize user privacy.

Dr. Yen said that it is inevitable to avoid censorship in some countries and they have been “proactively working to prevent this.” Dr. Yen further acknowledged that the reason why they have chosen Tor is that “Tor provides a way to circumvent certain Internet blocks so improving our compatibility with Tor is a natural first step.”

This perhaps looks like a step taken after the recent actions from the governments to curb the public’s access to encrypted platforms and secure internet usage. Such as Egyptian government blocked encrypted chat application Signal and the UK government’s approval of the Investigatory Powers Bill aimed at tracking the activities of web browsers.  Friends, do yourself a favor… Use Tor and get yourself a ProtonMail account.

SOURCE – Hackread.com

LavaBit Relaunches

LavabitFriends, back in 2013, we told you about how Ladar Levison, founder of the encrypted email service Lavabit, took the defiant step of shutting down the company’s service rather than comply with a federal law enforcement request that could compromise its customers’ communications.  The FBI had sought access to the email account of one of Lavabit’s most prominent users — Edward Snowden. Levison had custody of his service’s SSL encryption key that could help the government obtain Snowden’s password. And though the feds insisted they were only after Snowden’s account, the key would have helped them obtain the credentials for other users as well.  Rather than undermine the trust and privacy of his users, Levison ended the company’s email service entirely, preventing the feds from getting access to emails stored on his servers. But the company’s users lost access to their accounts as well.  Levison, who became a hero of the privacy community for his tough stance, has spent the last three years trying to ensure he’ll never have to help the feds break into customer accounts again.

Lavabit is relaunching with a new architecture that fixes the SSL problem and includes other privacy-enhancing features as well, such as one that obscures the metadata on emails to prevent government agencies like the NSA and FBI from being able to find out with whom Lavabit users communicate. He’s also announcing plans to roll out end-to-end encryption later this year, which would give users an even more secure way to send email.  The new service addresses what has become a major fault line between tech companies and the government: the ability to demand backdoor access to customer data. Last year when the FBI sought access to an iPhone used by the San Bernardino shooter, Apple couldn’t get into the phone because the security scheme the company built in to the device prevented it from unlocking the phone without the shooter’s password. (Eventually, the FBI found another way to access the phone’s data, ending the dispute with Apple.)

SOURCE – The Intercept

Anonymous posted a message to President-elect Donald Trump…

anonymousFriends, Anonymous has wasted little time in posted a message to President-elect Donald Trump on their YouTube channel calling him — and the leaders of the world — out with a simple message: “Enough is enough…”  As compelling as the message may be, perhaps we should give the guy a chance.  100 days or so… just saying…

Greetings, world. We are Anonymous. Message to Donald Trump and our World leaders. How many more wars? How many more people have to die? Enough is enough, these strategic war games need to cease! This isn’t a game and there are no winners, your proxy wars are over, end this now! If you fail to heed this message a third world war is inevitable. Millions will die and every single one of their deaths will be by your incompetence as so called ‘leaders.’ This is a call to every peace-seeker, to every valuer of truth and honesty, to every being of unity and progress. You are the ones that must stand together and rise in the face of conflict. We can stand united and show that we will not allow ourselves to be used as pawns in a never-ending game of lies and adversity. The future of this species relies on the choices we make right now. The outcome of our actions will have a lasting impact on generations to come. Do not come to regret the future you created for your children and their children. This is your opportunity to make a difference and put peace above self-interests. To change and redesign the status quo. This is your chance to create something truly magnificent. We are Anonymous. We are legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.

Check out the Video:

SOURCE: Inquisitr.com

UPDATE 12/16/16 – The original video was taken down but the original text is above.  The video is a second message posted by Anonymous to Donald Trump

Carnegie Mellon researchers visualize way to fend off DDoS attacks

Friends, this is some cool tech… Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab Security and Privacy Institute is touting research that provides visualization of the reams of network traffic data (i.e., IP addresses and time stamps) that IT and security analysts typically examine. This makes it easier to spot DDoS patterns.  “Visualization is one way to change abstract data into pictures, sound, and videos so you can see patterns in a very intuitive way”, so says Senior Systems Scientist Yang Cai of CyLab’s Visual Intelligence Studio.  Check out a demonstration below…

SOURCE: NetworkWorld.com

Hillary’s destructive leadership, a Navy SEAL’s perspective…

Friends, this is an interesting perspective of HRC’s leadership qualities written by a former Navy SEAL Brandon Webb.hillary-nyt

Hillary Clinton represents everything that is bad and needs to be changed about politics in America. She has made a career out of manipulation, character assassination (on the women who slept with her husband), and an orchestrated schizophrenic foreign policy (at best) that has contributed to chaos in the Middle East, which has resulted in a massive human rights crisis dumped on Europe in the form of refugees.

Trump or Hillary.

Bankruptcy, divorce, and aggressive tax write offs I’ll trade for character assassination, not accepting responsibility in crisis (see Benghazi below), a flawed foreign policy record, and perhaps worst of all, Bill as the first lady.

I have an interesting perspective of having served in two combat zones as a Navy SEAL, a career that included five tours in the Middle East, one in Afghanistan, a mix of other Asian countries, and now ten years on the outside as a business entrepreneur and author who’s traveled extensively abroad. I’ve seen the affects of the last 16 years of Bush and Obama play out on the global chessboard, and it’s a terrible fucking mess. I give them both a fail for their participation in establishing a U.S. foreign policy that has destabilized the Middle East (giving rise to ISIS and civil war in Syria) and created a massive human rights crisis with over half a million dead and more fleeing to Europe.

Benghazi is a case study in leadership failure.

I’ll speak to this overplayed topic only because I know the story intimately and lived it first hand when I received a text from a CIA friend that my best friend was killed in Libya. I cried in a San Diego airport parking lot for 20 minutes before mustering up the courage to call his family, long before the media knew and the official knock at the door that would come. 

To be clear, I don’t blame HRC for the death of four Americans (including my best friend Glen Doherty). Bad things happen in North Africa, it’s a dangerous place, the Americans that died were serving in dangerous roles, I’m sure they all knew and accepted this. It’s not what happened or why that’s important to me, it’s what happened after and that nobody was held accountable.  

A good leader admit mistakes upfront, they own them, it’s the quickest way to move on and learn. A bad one shifts blame, points fingers, and covers up. The latter is Hillary to the core. She took zero personal responsibility for the security and policy failures that directly contributed to the death of four Americans under her watch as Secretary of State. Instead she spun up the well oiled blame machine, and started calling in powerful favors curated from her elite connections in Washington and the New York media. 

She also told the Doherty family everything would be ok. We would come to learn very soon after she made this comment to the family, that everything would not be ok, far from it. 

Glen’s body was returned to his family by the US government without even a basic allowance to bury him.  Just a few attaboys from Uncle Sam. Not one dollar was contributed by the US government to his funeral but, he was touted as a hero and used in the national press by both politicians from all sides for political gain. 

His friends and I paid to give him a proper burial because the current administration would not. I’ll say it again because it’s hard to believe, “his friends and I paid for his funeral and burial expenses because we didn’t think the additional burden should be placed on his family and estate,” end quote.

 It would take over four years for the CIA to finally be shamed into paying out funds associated with his mandatory life insurance policy (there was a loophole that relieved the policy from paying out upon his death). 

Is this how we take care of our heroes these days?

SOURCE – SOFREP.com

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