Featured Articles

Intel takes credit for three-way 4K gaming

Intel takes credit for three-way 4K gaming

All of a sudden Intel is talking about desktop gaming like there is no tomorrow and it is pushing it. The…

More...
Nvidia Shield Tablet 32GB 4G LTE out for pre orders

Nvidia Shield Tablet 32GB 4G LTE out for pre orders

Nvidia has finally revealed the shipping date of its Shield Tablet 32GB in 4G LTE flavour and in case you pre-order…

More...
Apple announces its Apple Watch

Apple announces its Apple Watch

Apple has finally unveiled its eagerly awaited smartwatch and surprisingly it has dropped the "i" from the brand, calling it simply…

More...
Skylake 14nm announced

Skylake 14nm announced

Kirk B. Skaugen, Senior Vice President General Manager, PC Client Group has showcased Skylake, Intel’s second generation 14nm architecture.

More...
Aerocool Dead Silence reviewed

Aerocool Dead Silence reviewed

Aerocool is well known for its gamer cases with aggressive styling. However, the Dead Silence chassis offers consumers a new choice,…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Thursday, 22 May 2014 13:07

Snowden held a crypto party months before whistle blowing

Written by Nick Farrell

Should have been a red flag

Months before Edward Snowden became a household name by showing off classified NSA documents, he taught a handful of people at the back of a Hawaiian furniture store how to protect their online privacy.

The move should have sent a red flag to any spooks who were looking after him, but his antics were not noticed. The grassroots crypto party movement was set up in 2011 by Asher Wolf. The idea was for technologists versed in software like Tor and PGP to get together with activists, journalists and work out how to keep their lives secret

According to Wired, Snowden's "crypto party” was organised with help from activist Asher Wolf and Runa Sandvik, a former developer for the web anonymity network Tor. At the time, knew either who Snowden really was or what he would soon accomplish. It was only much later that they would learn his real identity.

Wolf later told Poulsen that it was a huge risk for Snowden to teach a crypto party while he was working for the NSA. But he was glad he did.

Runa Sandvik said that he introduced himself as Ed. He did not want to say where he worked. The fact that Snowden organized such an event himself while still an NSA contract worker rules out that he might have been a spy for China or Russia. After all if you are a spy you don’t risk blowing your cover like that.

Nick Farrell

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments