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Secure videoconferencing security service Silent Circle pressured to close

August 9, 2013 | Telepresence Options

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Story by Jamie Condliffe / Gizmodo

Silent Circle, an email provider which guarantees end-to-end secure email, has announced that it's going the same way asEdward Snowden's beloved Lavabit�and shuttering over concerns of external pressures.

In a blog post, Silent Circle's CTO Jon Callas explained that the move is a result of *cough* outside *cough* pressures that prompted Lavabit to close up shop. He also suggests that the insecure nature of email protocols is a problem, too, but realistically this boils down to pre-emptively avoiding trouble from the authorities. Indeed,�Silent Circle says�it hadn't received any "subpoenas, warrants, security letters, or anything else." Yet.

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