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First Lavabit, now CryptoSeal pulls the plug: VPN service axed

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Companies offering secure communications in the US now have a choice: turn over everything to NSA or go out of business. I can’t help but feel the government’s determination to be able to read all communications whatsoever is a bad idea—and overkill by a long shot. Richard Chirgwin writes in The Register:

VPN service CryptoSeal has followed Lavabit’s example and shuttered its consumer service, saying its CryptoSeal Privacy service architecture would make it impossible to comply with a government order without handing over the crypto keys to its entire system.

The company, which will continue offering business services, made the announcement via a notice to users trying to log into the service, which has been posted to ycombinator here.

“With immediate effect as of this notice, CryptoSeal Privacy, our consumer VPN service, is terminated. All cryptographic keys used in the operation of the service have been zerofilled, and while no logs were produced (by design) during operation of the service, all records created incidental to the operation of the service have been deleted to the best of our ability,” the notice states.

Referring to the pen register issues that drove Lavabit’s decision to close, the post continues: . . .

Continue reading.

Written by Leisureguy

23 October 2013 at 9:16 am

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