BitTorrent Launches Encrypted Chat App

Joining the likes of SilentCircle and BlackBerry Messenger, the developers behind BitTorrent announced their plans to release a new, encrypted desktop application which will allow multiple parties to communicate across covert lines in response to the NSA revelations of the past year.

A leader in personal privacy and the rights of the average user, BitTorrent has a long history of putting the people first, shoving aside the politics of the Internet and proving that in order for us to live in a free, open society driven by the distribution of information, the channels across which that data is transmitted need to be as secure as possible to ensure its integrity from one end of the wire to the next.

Shortly and succinctly dubbed “Bleep”, the application will use the Session Initiation Protocol engine alongside a chat-and-voice-enhanced environment which will be continuously tweaked and updated as time goes on.

Lead developer and longtime BitTorrent product manager Farid Fadaie went into the specifics of how the program will work, and what users can expect upon their first bootup of the Bleep protocol.

“As the head of the product on BitTorrent Bleep I have the privilege of sharing a snapshot of how it is being built. There are two main components to its architecture:

Our new peer-to-peer platform for communications; think of it as a fully distributed SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) server which serves as an engine for Bleep

The User Interface, a chat and voice application, which is an enhanced SIP compliant client UAC (User Agent Client) with additional functionalities being added over time to provide a great messaging experience”


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Farid was also keen to make it clear that unlike other so-called “encrypted” communication options (*cough*, SilentCircle), BitTorrent will never store any of the information that is sent between two independent parties, making it impossible for the NSA or anyone else to snoop without throwing some serious computing power at a live-downlink of encrypted data.

“BitTorrent does not track or store information on who is communicating with whom, or when communications happen,” Fade said in a post. “We are not even storing data temporarily on servers and then deleting it. We never have the meta data in the first place.

Person A finds Person B through other nodes in the network. We never track or store who is looking for whom.”

While the program is still in development, users can sign onto the waiting list to get into the beta for Windows 7 and 8 builds. No announcements yet on whether or not we can expect a Mac or Linux version in the near future, however considering the security-conscious cutsomers who associate with those crowds, we can’t imagine it will be long before releases for both those platforms hit shelves once the production phase really starts to ramp up.

Farid expects Bleep should prove itself a hit with high-level business operations, journalists, and government officials who need another option to communicate classied with which might be outside the standard norm of radio relays or meshnets on Tor.