As the Snowden leaks continue to incite fear and panic in the hearts of government officials all over Washington, it’s become increasingly clear that the US has no intention of taking these acts of patriotism lying down for much longer. Targeting VPN providers and relay-networks such as Tor, the NSA wants to remove anyone who helps the American people stay anonymous in the eyes of their oppressors, as encrypted email service Lavabit found out the hard way back in August.
Going the way of the mute messaging service, CryptoSeal announced this morning that the only way to protect their users from the prying eyes of the government would be to cease current operations immediately, and take their servers offline indefinitely.
“With immediate effect as of this notice, CryptoSeal Privacy, our consumer VPN service, is terminated. All cryptographic keys used in the operation of the service have been zerofilled, and while no logs were produced (by design) during operation of the service, all records created incidental to the operation of the service have been deleted to the best of our ability,” the company said in a statement.”
Providers come and go on a daily basis, and while normally the departure of another wouldn’t be much of a big deal, it’s the pretenses under which CryptoSeal has decided to bow out that make this case so pivotal.
“Essentially, the service was created and operated under a certain understanding of current US law, and that understanding may not currently be valid. As we are a US company and comply fully with US law, but wish to protect the privacy of our users, it is impossible for us to continue offering the CryptoSeal Privacy consumer VPN product,” the company says.
Citing the recent troubles Lavabit founder Ladar Levinson has been facing in court with U.S authorities, CryptoSeal has shuttered its doors in light of one particular document that caught the VPN network’s attention. In the proceedings the company found evidence that in this new, post 9/11 world of total U.S authority, the federal government is allowed to request the cryptographic codes to any information that is housed in servers on home turf. Businesses in control of these files must then hand over the keys to the kingdom in real-time, otherwise face penalties of up to ten years in state prison for “withholding evidence” and “obstructing justice”.
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