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How Lavabit melted down

2013-10-09 17:00:08.472386+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

The New Yorker: How Lavabit Melted Down. Interesting look at the various back-and-forths between Lavabit founder Ladar Levison and the FBI. Looks like the fight wasn't over tapping the unnamed-but-presumably-Edward-Snowden suspect, it was about blanket access to keys which would have given the FBI access to all Lavabit mail, trusting them to filter just for the target.

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#Comment Re: made: 2013-10-09 20:24:04.418976+00 by: Dan Lyke

Similar story in The Verge:

Levison says he tried to serve the court order without granting full-blown network access, but the government’s stance made it impossible. "One of my big demands was that they provide transparency," Levison says, "that they allow me to confirm that the device they wanted to stick on my network was only going to collect information on the account in question. And they wouldn't do it." ...

#Comment Re: made: 2013-10-10 11:22:50.103433+00 by: meuon

I hope Ladar survives, he tried hard to do the right things and was forced into a difficult position. Taking the "high road" at risk of personal peril is rare and worthy of admiration.