Get it while it’s hot kids, this data sale won’t last much longer.
Two months ago when Lavabit, one of the nation’s top encrypted email services, suddenly shut down without advance warning to its users, many were left wondering how they would retrieve all their messages and emails from the service during the silence that persisted in the weeks after it went offline.
Lavabit owner and operator Ladar Levinson was originally tight-lipped about the reasons behind his decision to take the client down, citing that his only choice was either to suspend operations, or become “complicit in crimes against the American people“.
After nearly a month of radio silence, he has come out of hiding to reveal that the it was the United States government who had requested specific details about several of Lavabits users accounts, demanding “unfettered access to all user communications and a copy of the Lavabit encryption keys used to secure web, instant message and email traffic.”
“I simply couldn’t operate Lavabit while my lawyers appealed the demand for our [Lavabit’s] encryption keys without the government agreeing to provide the transparency demanded by my conscience,” Levison said in October. “The ethical implications ultimately prompted my decision to suspend the [Lavabit] service.”
He has also announced he will be re-opening the archive to all current subscribers for exactly 72 hours starting this Monday, enabling them to access their dashboards, change their passwords, and download their data with the help of special 256-bit SSL keys which are being handed out on an individual basis.
“For those who used Lavabit’s e-mail service, they were left without a way to access information after the shutdown,” the statement read. “When asked about how his users felt about the loss of personal data, Mr. Levison said, ‘I’m in the same boat as them. I used my Lavabit e-mail account for 10 years. It was my only e-mail account.'”
No details are available on the specific accounts that were targeted by the government, but it’s been reported that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden had used the service at one time, which is what prompted the initial probe.
Before you run off to login and retrieve your information however, it is imperative that you stay as discreet as possible while the government sets up its own personal stakeout with binoculars from across the street. They’ll be watching everyone who logs in over the next few days, so keep your IP and location anonymous with BolehVPN, and avoid yet another intrusion on your basic rights to privacy on the web.