Lavabit forced to close down

Thanks to David Misell for sharing this on LinkedIn.

Lavabit the email provider in the US that Edward Snowden used has been forced to close down following FBI demands for the private keys for emails of users. The U.S. Government obtained a secret court order demanding private SSL key from Lavabit, which would have allowed the FBI to wiretap the service’s users

You can read more here at Hacker News. And here at Wired.

I did also hear though that he had intentions to setup shop again outside of the U.S., so I am really interested to see if this happens 😉

This is an outrage !

Seems that the email service that Edward Snowden recommended as actually protecting your privacy in the US is being forced to share all data and subsequently shut down! The owner and operator of the service, Ladar Levison, has been gagged. Reading between the lines, it looks like he will move his services outside of the US.

His advice is don’t share any of your data on US servers! Read more in infosecurity.