Encryption App Silent Circle Shuts Down…

The communications encryptions firm ‘Silent Circle’ chose to shut down it’s e-mail service as one if its competitors ‘Lavabit’ recently shut down it’s core email service.  Lavabit cited that he had been the subject of a U.S. government investigation and gag order.  It appears the NSA came knocking and instead of fighting for our disappearing privacy rights, Lavabit decided to fold.  Silent-Circle-screenshot5Co-founder and CTO Jon Callas said in a blog post Friday that Silent Circle’s e-mail service had “always been something of a quandary for us.” This, in spite of the fact that one of Silent Circle’s other co-founder is Phil Zimmermann, inventor of the popular e-mail encryption software PGP.  Electronic mail uses standard internet protocols that cannot have the same security guarantees that real-time communication has, Callas said. “Email as we know it with SMTP, POP3, and IMAP cannot be secure.”

“We’ve been thinking about this for some time, whether it was a good idea at all. Yesterday, another secure email provider, Lavabit, shut down their system lest they ‘be complicit in crimes against the American people.’ We see the writing on the wall, and we have decided that it is best for us to shut down Silent Mail.”  Callas said Silent Circle had not received subpoenas, warrants or anything other similar request from any government. The company had been debating what to do about its email service for weeks, and up until Friday was ready to phase the service out so that it would continue for existing customers. “It is always better to be safe than sorry,” Callas said.  What he meant was “…better whipped and submissive than free…”

Friends, this is truly sad.  On a daily basis, I see our rights and liberties evaporating due to the efforts of our government and it’s agencies that LIE to us and SPY on us, all under the banner of Social Reform.  This post show that a society that fears and distrusts it’s own leaders cannot thrive.  Had enough yet?

UPDATE – 08/15/13 – Monterey-based Privato Security sped up the launch of its email service.  “I think it is a golden opportunity for us,” CEO Neal Smith, 68, said Tuesday.  Privato works by sending an email to a cloud server, an Internet-based storage system, where it stays — heavily encrypted — until the recipient downloads it, instantly deleting it from the server.  Check it out.

UPDATE – 08/16/13 – NBC reports that senior US Attorney James Trump sent Lavabit founder Ladar Levison and his lawyer a veiled arrest threat when Levison shut down his private email service (used by NSA leaker Edward Snowden) rather than comply with a secret order to spy on his customers.  More interesting reading on the subject here.

UPDATE – 08/23/13 – Ladar Levison, the owner of the now-shuttered encrypted email service used by Edward Snowden said that he will continue to defend online security free of government surveillance, hopefully with success in courts or a possible move of his company overseas.

UPDATE – 08/29/13 – Usage for Tor doubles in wake of secure email shutdowns.

UPDATE – 09/16/13 – Interesting reading on the subject.

My Crapper got Hacked!

Jesus, you can’t even take a $hit in peace!  Of course, being the only male in my house, that was always true but now watch out where you crap in public, you could get hacked with your pants down!  A Japanese manufacturer is turning out a $6000.00 toilet which is controlled by an Android app.  IFW_HackingThis marvel of modern engineering contains a hardware flaw which allow anyone with the app on their phone to control the features of the unit.  I could see it now: I just sat down after a monster 5-bean and cheese burrito to relieve myself of the oncoming results of the meal.  As I’m doing my business, some punk with a smart phone walks in and decides he wants to have some fun.  First the toilet flushes by itself.  No problem, saves me the trouble.  Next the lid begins to slap my ass repeatedly as the bidet and air-dry mechanisms shoot $hitty water all over my pant legs.  Of course, I’d have to run-down the little bastard with the phone and deliver some VooDoo instant justice (use your imagination).  Friends, some things are best left low-tech.  This is decidedly one of them…

She put the body in the freezer…

Friends, if you’re going to ‘off’ someone, don’t put the body in a freezer inside your own storage unit!.  Apparently a Ventura, Ca. resident Mary Hannan helped her son store the body of her boyfriend after he killed him.  “…What’s that?, you whacked who?, you want me to do what?… no problem; I’ll meet you at my storage unit.  No one will ever know…”  Idiots.  I don’t know how long the victim was on ice but he was reported missing in July 2011.  Damn!  If this would have happened somewhere in the deep south or ‘Bunny Kill, Kentucky”, I would have said “…Of course!, makes perfect sense…”  I like to think that those of us on the ‘Left Coast’ are a bit more sophisticated in our murders.  Out here, for example, we use chippers and acid to dispose of bodies.  At the very least we throw their ass in the ocean for the sharks!  Not that the Villainous VooDoo condones murder in any way (for the lawyers).  The point is put the body in someone else’s freezer, not yours.  Mary, here’s your sign…

Bird $hit on my Face!

Friends, once and a while you run across something that you just don’t know if its truly bizarre or quite revolutionary.  How ’bout this – wait for it… Paying $180.00 for a Bird Poop Facial!  I mean, let me rush right out… Holy crap!  Ok, so the deal is that you can go to the  Shizuka New York skin care salon, just off Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue and get this done.  bird-shit-missileIts called the “Nightingale Treatment” because the active ingredients are imported Asian nightingale excrement mixed with rice bran.  The salon owner says “I’m trying to bring Japanese beauty secrets to the United States…”  The Geisha Facial poop treatment, while relatively rare in the United States, is no secret in Japan, where it was first used in the 1600s by actors and geishas.  I think I’ll make an appointment… Ok, so those of you who have chickens in your yard, The Villainous VooDoo just gave you a way to supplement your income.  ‘Chicken $hit Facials’, the latest thing in glamorous skin care.  I could be rich…

Rat Bastards…

Friends, it seem the Feds have been caught with their hands in the privacy cookie jar again.  Wired Magazine is reporting the discovery of a piece of malware that takes advantage of a Firefox security vulnerability to identify some users of the privacy-protecting Tor anonymity network.  big_brotherThe FBI is considered the prime suspect as the exploit sends identifying information to an IP address in Reston, Virginia; just outside Washington, D.C.  A reverse engineer dissecting the exploit says that this is probably the first time the FBI’s “computer and internet protocol address verifier,” or CIPAV has been captured in the wild but has been around since 2002.  It seems that the malware was designed specifically to attack the Tor browser.  The payload for the Tor Browser Bundle malware is hidden in a variable called “magneto” and the heart of the malicious Javascript is a tiny Windows executable hidden in a variable named “Magneto.” A traditional virus would use that executable to download and install a full-featured backdoor, so the hacker could come in later and steal passwords, enlist the computer in a DDoS botnet, and generally do all the other nasty things that happen to a hacked Windows box.  But the Magneto code doesn’t download anything. It looks up the victim’s MAC address — a unique hardware identifier for the computer’s network or Wi-Fi card — and the victim’s Windows hostname. Then it sends it to the Virginia server, outside of Tor, to expose the user’s real IP address, and coded as a standard HTTP web request.  Rat Bastards.  Friends, make sure your VooDoo is patched or up-to-date, the Feds are restless.

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