Remember that the secure and private email provider Lavabit shut down back in 2013 rather than comply with the feds? While people speculated it was because the government was chasing Edward Snowden, un-redacted files now show that to be the case.
New details have emerged in the saga of Lavabit, the now offline secure email provider used by Edward Snowden. Apparently, the government tried (and failed) to strong arm the service into giving up its private SSL key, a major security concession that would've given Uncle Sam access to all user data.
When the government came knocking becayse Edward Snowden used Lavabit's encrypted email service, it did the sensible thing and, uh, shut itself down. Other similar services have followed suit—and now Kim Doctcom plans to capture the market that's being left wide open.
The unfortunate side effect of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's email provider Lavabit pulling the plug rather than complying with the feds is that a bunch of terribly unlucky Lavabit users are now left without an email account. It's not every day you expect your email service to go all harakiri on itself because…
Users of the extra secure and private email provider Lavabit are out of luck after the owner shut down the service on Thursday offering only a cryptic message as an explanation. Lavabit is the preferred email service provider of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, and yes, this matters.