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posted by janrinok on Thursday January 13 2022, @12:53PM   Printer-friendly
from the delegate++ dept.

Moxie Marlinspike leaves encrypted-messaging app Signal:

Moxie Marlinspike, the co-founder and chief executive of encrypted-messaging app Signal, has resigned.

He blogged it was a "good time to replace myself as CEO" after working on Signal for over a decade.

Signal recently enabled crypto-currency payments within the app, which has concerned some users. Mr Marlinspike remains a board member of the Signal Foundation, while the board's executive chair, Brian Acton, becomes interim chief executive.

[...] Mr Marlinspike - whose real name is Matthew Rosenfeld - blogged he had always hoped to reach a point where Signal could "grow and sustain" beyond his involvement.

"I was writing all the Android code, was writing all of the server code, was the only person on call for the service, was facilitating all product development, and was managing everyone," he wrote. "I couldn't ever leave cell service, had to take my laptop with me everywhere in case of emergencies, and occasionally found myself sitting alone on the sidewalk in the rain late at night trying to diagnose a service degradation."

More than 40 million people now use Signal.


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  • (Score: 0, Troll) by aristarchus on Thursday January 13 2022, @08:37PM (5 children)

    by aristarchus (2645) on Thursday January 13 2022, @08:37PM (#1212515) Journal

    Could it have something to do with this? [abc7.com]

    Authorities have said Rhodes was part of an encrypted Signal chat with Oath Keepers from multiple states leading up to Jan. 6 called "DC OP: Jan 6 21" and it showed the group was "activating a plan to use force" that day.

    On the afternoon of the 6th, authorities say Rhodes told the group over Signal: "All I see Trump doing is complaining. I see no intent by him to do anything. So the patriots are taking it into their own hands. They've had enough."

    Common carrier status for encrypted insurrection comms? Or Complicity?

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  • (Score: 2) by Frosty Piss on Thursday January 13 2022, @09:36PM (1 child)

    by Frosty Piss (4971) on Thursday January 13 2022, @09:36PM (#1212527)

    What this tells me is that Signal either isn’t as secure as they say, or Signal has been cooperating with the DOJ.

    • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 13 2022, @10:36PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 13 2022, @10:36PM (#1212538)

      Or that they got the information some other way. Anything from spyware on the end user's device to getting people involved to talk.

  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 14 2022, @12:54AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 14 2022, @12:54AM (#1212560)

    Neither. Endpoint security. The Oath Keepers are listed as a terrorist group. Their personnel have been infiltrated, and presumably some of their devices have also been compromised (though they'll use parallel construction to avoid having to reveal the tradecraft of the latter). But this isn't even that. This is info provided as part of a plea bargain. Someone opened their Signal history voluntarily.

    There's nothing about cracking Signal or disclosures from Signal here. That would be a HUGE scoop and the reporter would NOT have let that one go.

    Not to say that Signal is uncrackable (last I checked they hadn't moved entirely to post-quantum cryptography), just that if it has been cracked, this isn't the time and place that they'll reveal that.

    The time and place would be if/when there's billions$ and/or national security on the line. Oath Keepers are a local security threat, not a national scale threat, at present.

    • (Score: -1, Spam) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 14 2022, @07:53PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 14 2022, @07:53PM (#1212747)

      "The Oath Keepers are listed as a terrorist group. "

      wtf are you talking about? The Jew rats at the SPLC? Cops swearing to abide by the fucking constitution is not terrorist unless you're a subversive communist jew trying to destroy america and the white race.

      "Oath Keepers are a local security threat"

      STFU, you stupid bitch. I haven't seen them doing anything and if they did it would be for the better.

  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 14 2022, @05:45AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 14 2022, @05:45AM (#1212617)

    At the risk of turning this all into a discussion of Orange Man, if the people who were supposedly acting at his behest were complaining that he didn't do anything, isn't that pretty good evidence that he wasn't involved?

    That doesn't mean he handled the situation well, or that he bears no responsibility for it. But it does seem to be a good indication that he's not actually guilty of anything.