The investment bodes well for business models built around security and privacy, and for the chances of the soon-to-be-released Blackphone.
The strategic partnership is important for Silent Circle, as it promises to make the encrypted Skype rival much more usable by widening its pool of users.
The device uses a secure version of Android and, judging by the pedigree of the team, it looks like a credible package for those seeking private communications.
Today’s secure email technology is too clunky for really widespread deployment. Now the creators of Lavabit and Silent Mail — including encryption legend Phil Zimmermann — have funding to help realize their dream of a usable yet genuinely secure email system.
The secure communications firm will bring in default replacements for widely-used encryption standards that came out of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). However, at least one security expert thinks this may be “a trifle of an overreaction.”
Open source router software, different encryption tools, legislative, judicial and media pressure are all necessary to pushback on backdoors access to technology and networks that help with surveillance state, says PGP inventor Phil Zimmermann in a conversation. He has a thoughtful take on recent encryption revelations.
Phil Zimmermann, creator of PGP, in a wide-ranging interview talks about the corrupting nature of big data, the end of privacy and the rise of the surveillance society. He also shared his thoughts on Moore’s Law and its marriage to public policy, and why Silent Circle shutdown its email-service.
Silent Circle, co-founded by email security guru Phil Zimmermann, has pulled out of the secure email business. It was a pre-emptive measure inspired by Lavabit’s self-shuttering, and a worrying sign for the U.S.-hosted secure communications industry.