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[liberationtech] Silent Circle Redux

Nadim Kobeissi nadim at nadim.cc
Sat Dec 22 12:02:28 PST 2012


I know this is a touchy subject, but I cannot stay silent on such grossly
irresponsible behaviour.

Silent Circle has been actively promoting itself to activists and claiming
to international media that it has actually released its source code (and
even all (!) of its source code) for public review

Le Monde:
http://www.lemonde.fr/sciences/article/2012/12/13/le-cryptage-a-la-portee-de-tous_1806219_1650684.html

The quote in question: "*"Nos logiciels sont en open source*,*des experts
extérieurs peuvent vérifier à leur guise leur intégrité et leur
efficacité." — "Our software is open source, independent experts can verify
its integrity and effectiveness at will."*

Silent Circle has barely released any source code, and is acting very
irresponsibly towards activists. There has been no code review and review
remains impossible.

However, the security community still refuses to speak up, and I daresay
mainly because of Phil Zimmermann's close relations with many researchers
in the community.

This is unacceptable and embarrassing. Stop engaging in patronage and hold
Silent Circle accountable. They have been advertising towards activists for
three whole months with almost NO source code released. I've had enough.

NK
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