PROBABLE SCENARIO OF WHY LAVABIT CLOSED DOWN
Posted by PM
Ladar Levison, above, Lavabit owner [from his FB page], & his shut-down letter from his website, below:
Informed guess by a tech nerd as to what Texas-based Lavabit Email Provider owner, Ladar Levison, has been through & why he shut down his secured email business:
Shared publicly – Yesterday 8/8/13 5:02 PM
“The email provider [Lavabit] used by Edward Snowden (and many other privacy-conscious folks) has shut down to avoid becoming “complicit in crimes against the American people.”
“My initial guess is this scenario happened: FBI serves Lavabit with federal court order to intercept users’ (Snowden?) passwords. This happened with Hushmail circa 2007. The order can also be to install FedGov-created malware. Lavabit fights FBI surveillance demand in district court for the last six weeks, loses. Shuts down to avoid compliance while simultaneously appealing to the 4th Circuit.
“It likely wasn’t a national security letter (NSL) because those are limited in scope and don’t apply to prospective surveillance, meaning a shutdown wouldn’t accomplish anything.”
That quoted text was in Reader Comments here:
“Lavabit email service abruptly shut down citing government interference”:
I first heard about the Lavabit email service through Clues Forum some time ago. I did get one of their free addys because it allowed larger/double the attachment size than what iphone allows. But they said their webmail was not really set up to be used fully like that but that Lavabit was more to be used through your own email client. So that didn’t work as the phone still forced the 15mb limit. Theirs was also the type of email service that if you didn’t log in within so many days, the account would close. I can’t be bothered with time-limit deadlines like that, so it basically went by the wayside. But thanks anyway! :)
Another good little article about Lavabit with several sources of material, says another secure email provider in Maryland, Silent Circle, decided to shut down in advance of likely being targeted next:
“Lavabit Confronts ‘Complicit or Close?’ Levison Closes”:
Fwiw, Silent Circle has a creepy logo: Orange Ourobouros (= occult’s serpent eating its tail) encircling a giant black round dot. Maybe they chose it on purpose to show why private/secure email is needed due to the spying-serpent already encircling the world.