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posted by janrinok on Thursday January 13, @12:53PM   Printer-friendly
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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) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 14, @12:24PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 14, @12:24PM (#1212658)

    When the founder leaves, generally something bad is going to happen to the service. Signal probably worked too well for it's own good. Now that they have a crypto offering is it going to require KYC? That is a US law.

    Your encrypted chats are now going to get tied to your name and ID because "crypto". And that's the last thing I wanted from a messenger app too.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 14, @05:49PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 14, @05:49PM (#1212712)

    They already are tied to your phone number and it would be trivial for the NSA to figure out anyway. When you monitor the whole network it is very difficult to hide where a message originated. You'll have to take a lot more precautions than encrypting the content if you truly don't want to be tracked.