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Warning to folks using Hushmail

Discussion in 'Resources' started by Unregistered, Jul 27, 2009.

  1. Encrypted E-Mail Company Hushmail Spills to Feds

    * By Ryan Singel Email Author
    * November 7, 2007 |
    * 3:39 pm |
    * Categories: Crime, Hacks and Cracks
    *

    Hushmail, a longtime provider of encrypted web-based email, markets itself by saying that "not even a Hushmail employee with access to our servers can read your encrypted e-mail, since each message is uniquely encoded before it leaves your computer."

    But it turns out that statement seems not to apply to individuals targeted by government agencies that are able to convince a Canadian court to serve a court order on the company.

    A September court document (.pdf) from a federal prosecution of alleged steroid dealers reveals the Canadian company turned over 12 CDs worth of e-mails from three Hushmail accounts, following a court order obtained through a mutual assistance treaty between the U.S. and Canada. The charging document alleges that many Chinese wholesale steroid chemical providers, underground laboratories and steroid retailers do business over Hushmail.

    The court revelation demonstrates a privacy risk in a relatively-new, simple webmail offering by Hushmail, which the company acknowledges is less secure than its signature product.

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    Encrypted E-Mail Company Hushmail Spills to Feds | Threat Level | Wired.com
  2. Other Secure Email Providers

    There are other companies providing secure email services with servers outside North America. You can find a comparison of some of them on the Novo Ordo site (Secure Email Service - Novo Ordo). They also have their own service called "Sub Rosa" and a lot of information regarding computer and communication security.

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