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[liberationtech] Silent Circle Dangerous to Cryptography Software Development

Moxie Marlinspike moxie at
Thu Oct 11 11:46:49 PDT 2012

On 10/11/2012 11:24 AM, Nadim Kobeissi wrote:
>> Zimmerman stated that servers are located in Canada to avoid US
>> subpoenas (not a lawyer, not sure what's that worth in the end).
> His entire IP block is connected to servers in the United States. I
> am very skeptical of that claim. Furthermore, this is nonsense; the
> issue isn't being protected against *one* country's subpoena, it's
> being protected against *any* subpoena.

This is also not going to be technically possible in a mature product.
If all servers were located in Canada, that would mean two people having
an encrypted conversation in Europe would have an additional 300ms
latency added to their call.  Getting low-latency audio working on many
mobile platforms is extremely difficult, even when you don't have the
network working against you.

- moxie


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