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This Cute Chat Site Could Save Your Life And Help Overthrow Your Government (Wired)

This Cute Chat Site Could Save Your Life And Help Overthrow Your Government (Wired)

Posted Jul 31, 2012 17:06 UTC (Tue) by robert_s (subscriber, #42402)
In reply to: This Cute Chat Site Could Save Your Life And Help Overthrow Your Government (Wired) by ekj
Parent article: This Cute Chat Site Could Save Your Life And Help Overthrow Your Government (Wired)

"and the fact that you need to trust the folks running the website."

The wired article *itself* (presumably prompted by the cryptocat author) says SSL is "known to be broken". So you _can't_ trust the folks running the website. It's a self contradiction.

Is _some_ security better than none? Perhaps, but probably only when you're dealing with foes less capable & with fewer resources than a nation state. However if a false sense of security encourages someone to be more loose-lipped and candid, then it can be _very_ dangerous.

A slightly half-baked "some security is better than none" attitude may be fine for you, but I suspect _you're_ not the one that's going to get tortured, the person you're talking to in [dictatorship] _is_.

The problem with cryptocat's message is it is *far* less secure than it purports to be.


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