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Snowden’s Secure Email Provider Shuts Down

Posted: August 10th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: HACK! | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Snowden’s Secure Email Provider Shuts Down

Secure Email Shut-downsThe encrypted email service used by US fugitive, Edward Snowden has abruptly shut down, amid a legal fight involving US government attempts to win access to user information.

“I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people, or walk away from nearly 10 years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit,” Lavabit owner Ladar Levison wrote in a letter posted on the Texas-based company’s website.

Lavabit was founded in 2004 by Texas-based programmers, allegedly prompted by privacy concerns about Gmail, Google’s free, widely-used web-based email service, and their use of the content of users’ email to generate advertisements and marketing data.

Lavabit offered significant privacy protection for their users’ email, including asymmetric encryption. The strength of the cryptographic methods used was of a level that is difficult for even intelligence agencies to crack.

Notorious hacker and founder of Ghacks called the secure email service “probably the most secure, private email service right now”. In July 2013, Lavabit had about 350,000 users, it offered free and paid accounts with levels of storage ranging from 128 megabytes to 8 gigabytes :: Read the full article »»»»

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Litchfield Bows Out

Posted: February 3rd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Blip, M.Aaron.Silverman, Socially Engineered, Tecnoid, They Said What | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Litchfield Bows Out

David LitchfieldLitchfield exposes one last Oracle security bug before walking away from his database battles

Virginaia: In 2001, Larry Ellison brashly proclaimed in a keynote speech at the computing conference Comdex that his database software was “unbreakable.”

“You have this ideal vision of doing something for the greater good,” said David Litchfield, managing director of Next Generation Security Software Ltd. of London, who acknowledged that a small bit of his code might have been used in the attack. “I will probably no longer publish such code.” David Litchfield via The Washington Post

David Litchfield has devoted the last nine years to making the Oracle chief executive regret that marketing stunt. At the Black Hat security conference Tuesday afternoon, Litchfield unveiled a new bug in Oracle’s 11G database software, a critical, unpatched vulnerability that would allow a hacker to take control of an Oracle database and access or modify information at any security level.

“Anything that God can do on that database, you can do” Litchfield

The problem lies in the PLSQL Gateway, a component of the Oracle Internet Application Server, the Oracle Application Server and the Oracle HTTP Server, he said in an e-mail to the BugTraq mailing list :: Read the full article »»»»