21st Century Wire says…
If this is real, then it can only be hailed as a positive development in the fight for citizens’ Fourth Amendment right to privacy.
There are a few things to consider, though. In the Post-Snowden world, the public are clamouring for privacy now more than ever. The NSA are no doubt funding a number of trojan horse applications which will be marketed as secure and private, but will simply act as a honey pot for herding digital data around the NSA virtual cloud pastures. Everyone should know by now that the state will not want to relinquish any of its Stasi-like infringements on lawful citizens.
Even so, let’s hope the innovators and white hat community take the challenge to heart – and beat gov’t spies who are really only out to kill, not only the Fourth Amendment, but also the First Amendment through censorship, intimidation and collusion with entities like YouTube.
More innovation, more privacy…
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Carnegie Mellon University researchers claim they have created a smartphone messaging app with security that not even the National Security Agency can break.
The app is called SafeSlinger, and is free on the iTunes store, and Google play store for Android phones.
Researchers say the app uses a passphrase which only the user, and the other party can know.
They claim messages cannot be read by a cellular carrier, internet-provider, employer, or anyone else.
The setup takes a few minutes, with the user answering security questions generated by the app that help it generate encryption and authorization credentials.
The app then works just like a regular messaging app.
In a press release from CMU’s CyLab, programmer Michael W. Farb said, “the most important feature is that SafeSlinger provides secure messaging and file transfer without trusting the phone company or any device other than my own smartphone.”
Carnegie Mellon say because the messages are encrypted and require a password to access, many teens are finding the app appealing to protect messages from peers and parents.
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