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Daring Fireball: Jeff Bezos’s War With National Enquirer Involves a Huge Spy Scandal
John Schindler, writing for Observer:
A hint where this scandal is headed appeared last night when a Post reporter revealed on MSNBC that Gavin de Becker, the security guru to the stars whom Bezos hired to look into AMI, “told us that he does not believe that Jeff Bezos’s phone was hacked, he thinks it’s possible that a government entity might have gotten hold of his text messages.” […]
Another suspect is Saudi Arabia, which incurred the wrath of The Washington Post by murdering and dismembering their columnist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last October. Bezos referenced that awful crime in his blog post, including the line, “Pecker and his company have also been investigated for various actions they’ve taken on behalf of the Saudi Government,” explaining that AMI is seeking Saudi funding. Bezos added, “Several days ago, an AMI leader advised us that Mr. Pecker is ‘apoplectic’ about our investigation. For reasons still to be better understood, the Saudi angle seems to hit a particularly sensitive nerve.”
Here’s a detail I would like to see everyone reporting on this story identify: what type of text messages was Bezos exchanging with Lauren Sanchez? “Text message” technically implies SMS, but in common usage most people call iMessage messages “texts”, and the act of sending them “texting”. Or were they using some other platform? People call all sorts of messages “texts”.
This matters because SMS is not encrypted. iMessage is not just encrypted but end-to-end encrypted. If, as Bezos’s investigator apparently believes, Bezos’s phone was not compromised, that means either Sanchez’s phone was compromised, or the messages were intercepted in transit. But if they were iMessages, they couldn’t be intercepted in transit.
amazon  daring_fireball  messaging  encryption  sex  privacy 
23 hours ago by rgl7194
Cwtch
Privacy Preserving Infrastructure for Asynchronous, Decentralized, Multi-Party, and Metadata Resistant Applications
messaging  secure  privacy 
yesterday by lgarron
deepstreamHub | sync persistent high-speed data between any device
a lightning fast realtime data-store that connects browsers, smartphones, backends and the IoT - complete with realtime search, publish-subscribe and request-response
messaging  crossplatform 
yesterday by narven
Spectrum
Spectrum makes it easy to grow safe, successful online communities that are built to last.
opensource  messaging 
yesterday by adamvig
Synadia | Connect Everything
NGS is a global communications system built on NATS.io. It allows digital systems, services and devices to communicate through the exchange of messages. To connect to the system, users need a single worldwide accessible URL, connect.ngs.global, and their credentials. Once connected, messages are sent and received via subjects. A subject is a string that represents interest in data and supports wildcard matching for a rich and flexible way to direct message flow between your applications. See NATS subjects for more information.
communication  messaging  system  go  golang  nats 
2 days ago by sschank
Franz – a free messaging app for Slack, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Telegram and more
Franz is your messaging app / former Emperor of Austria and combines chat & messaging services into one application. Franz currently supports Slack, WhatsApp, WeChat, HipChat, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, Google Hangouts,GroupMe, Skype and many more.
apps  messaging 
3 days ago by adamvig
SMS phishing - a cautionary tale | 1Password
Scams that try to extract personal information via phishing sites, phone calls, or SMS are on the rise. It’s something we covered in detail in What is phishing, and how can you protect yourself?
As someone who works for 1Password, security is a big focus of mine. I’m happy to admit that this job has made me far more paranoid than I used to be, and naturally I use 1Password to make sure all my passwords are strong, unique, and have never been included in any breach. I’ve read our internal security guide many times over, and I took part in a company-wide security training session just recently at our annual company get-together.
You’d think all this preparation would keep me safe from phishing – but last week, I was nearly caught out. If I can be caught out, so can you, and so I write this post in the hope that my experience will encourage others to be cautious.
messaging  phishing  1password  security  privacy 
3 days ago by rgl7194
volt | fast native desktop client for all major messaging services
Non-bloat alternative client for mainstream social networks and web services. It sounds good but I have concerns.
chat  messaging  software 
3 days ago by rjkroege
volt | fast native desktop client for all major messaging services
Non-bloat alternative client for mainstream social networks and web services.
chat  messaging  twitter  client  productivity 
3 days ago by mjlassila

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