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"'Dark mail' debut will open door for Lavabit's return, says Ladar Levison", ZD


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#1 Aura

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Posted 02 November 2015 - 12:50 PM

Lavabit, the privacy-centric email provider Edward Snowden reportedly used, is set to make a comeback.

Ladar Levison made headlines two years ago when he unexpectedly shut down the encrypted email service that he built from the ground up over a decade, after federal agents demanded he turn over his master encryption keys. The feds were likely after one user -- thought to be Snowden, the former NSA contractor turned whistleblower -- but this has never been formally confirmed as the case remains under seal. Concerned that the feds would go beyond the scope of the warrant, he shut down the site to prevent them "conducting surveillance on everyone," he said.


Source: http://www.zdnet.com/article/dark-mail-debut-to-open-door-for-lavabit-return-ladar-levison/

Glad to see that this project is still alive and kicking. It's been a while since we had any news on it and I was starting to wonder if the project failed. I'll be giving it a try as soon as it comes out and I'm sure that many users here will also jump in.

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Posted 02 November 2015 - 01:29 PM

I remember where Levison initially gave the Key to the FEDs in a microfont.

 

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20131002/17443624734/lavabit-tried-giving-feds-its-ssl-key-11-pages-4-point-type-feds-complained-that-it-was-illegible.shtml

 

The only safe encrypted webmail is one that uses end to end encryption such as protonmail and the upcoming darkmail.



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Posted 02 November 2015 - 02:01 PM

I think that Proton Mail is currently experiencing financial issues due to a government block following their Kickstarter, no?

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Posted 02 November 2015 - 02:15 PM

I think that Proton Mail is currently experiencing financial issues due to a government block following their Kickstarter, no?

I have not heard that. Do you have a link? The only thing I found was that you could not donate via Paypal but that was unfrozen. Donations are still being accepted via Bitcoin and IndieGoGo.

 

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/protonmail#/



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Posted 02 November 2015 - 02:20 PM

No you're right, that was it.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/paypal-freezes-out-protonmail-asks-if-startup-has-government-permission-to-encrypt-email/

It was in 2014, hence why I didn't remember it fully. Protonmail also looks very promising so I'll look into it once it gets released as well.

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