Silent Circle Shutters
Yesterday, Edward Snowden’s reported email service of choice, Lavabit, shuttered abruptly. Barely a day later, Silent Circle – “a provider of secure communications services,” founded by Phil Zimmermann – has followed suit, closing down its Silent Mail service. As the company puts it:
Silent Mail has similar security guarantees to other secure email systems, and with full disclosure, we thought it would be valuable. However, we have reconsidered this position. Today, another secure email provider, Lavabit, shut down their system. We see the writing on the wall, and we have decided that it is best for us to shut down Silent Mail now.
As Glenn Fleishmann put it:
When Phil Zimmermann folds, it’s a bad bad sign for freedom.
So it goes.