'How Lavabit Melted Down'


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Just a reminder: you’re no longer allowed an email account which is private from the Government.
That is all.

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Isn’t it still possible to run your own mail server?

The takeaway from this is that he offered to write them code to get the data they had a court order for, but they wanted access to everything, so that wasn’t good enough.

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I’ve been a software engineer for over 30 years, and have been using Linux almost exclusively for about eight years. I was a Lavabit customer. After Lavabit was forced to close, I undertook the challenge of installing my own mail server, with IMAP access, and basic spam detection using DSPAM. I am not exaggerating when I say that it was one of the most involved and complicated processes that I ever tried. A major problem is that in addition to installing all of the software, you have to do so in such a way that all of the communications and storage are secure. I eventually succeeded, mostly, I’m still having weird problems with my DSPAM detection. It took almost a month to set up and work out all of the bugs.

Before Lavabit, I was a customer of https://countermail.com, based in Sweden, and they are just about the only real alternative that I would recommend at the moment. They appear to do encryption “right”, and offer all of the features, including web access, that most customers will want.

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…if you’re an American, eh.

Unfortunately, this just means you get to deal with the government request yourself.

Not necessarily, but it does increase the odds that at least I’ll know about it.

Well I was a software engineer… twenty years ago. It might be even more exciting if I tried it!

I highly suggest that folks see the Q&A with Ladar Levison that happened at NANOG yesterday. Much details and why we should be supporting this case.

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