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Lavabit vs the FBI

2013-10-03 14:10:57.433274+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

Edward Snowden’s E-Mail Provider Defied FBI Demands to Turn Over Crypto Keys, Documents Show:

In an interesting work-around, Levison complied the next day by turning over the private SSL keys as an 11 page printout in 4-point type. The government, not unreasonably, called the printout “illegible.”

I don't know what Lavabit founder Ladar Levison is doing next, but I think I'll be a customer.

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#Comment Re: made: 2013-10-03 17:29:42.90045+00 by: DaveP

He just needed a higher quality printer. When I worked at LaserMaster, we routinely printed things at 6 point, and they were just barely OCR-able.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-10-03 18:59:52.358959+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yeah, my printer prints far denser than the paper's ability to hold the ink, and my scanner reads at a level that picks up paper fibers. I suspect that the FBI's complaint was more related to technical incompetence and annoyance than any actual inability to pull the key from the document Lavabit provided.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-10-03 19:20:10.771824+00 by: ebradway

When he was forced to provide "an electronic copy", he should have scanned the 4-point printout into a PDF. There is plenty of cases where the Federal Government provides "electronic copies" of data in PDF like this.