E-Mails verschlüsseln

Im Sommer las ich Little Brother und Homeland, die beiden Romane von Cory Doctorow in denen Marcus Yallow die Hauptrolle spielt.

In Little Brother litt ich mit Marcus, als er unschuldig ins Visier der Anti-Terror-Fander geriet, freute mich in Homeland über die Begegnung mit ihm auf dem Burning Man, und erlebe in Lawful Interception wie er den Einwohnern von Oakland nach einem Erdbeben hilft. Als das Occupy-Seneca-Camp von der Polizei rücksichtslos aufgelöst wird, taucht im Netz der E-Mail-Verkehr der Verantwortlichen der Stadt auf:

It didn’t take long to learn exactly how and why Occupy Seneca got “smoothly transitioned.” Say what you will about the City of Oakland, it leaked like a sieve. Less than two days after the eviction, I was just about to head out to a contract job when my phone went crazy with DMs on Twitter. I checked in and saw that half the world wanted me to look at a paste-dump from one of the Anon factions: correspondence between various levels of Oakland city government, FEMA, and Oakland PD, the upshot of which was that a private contractor had successfully bid on the megacontract to begin a “renew and rebuild” project for Oakland. A separate thread suggested that the total value of the bid might run to the billions, if they met all their milestones and leveled up by winning the bids to knock down and rebuild all the housing projects that had been damaged by Seneca. Somehow, there was plenty of money for that. Then there was the smoking gun: a three-way round-robin between the city manager’s office, Oakland PD, and the contractor’s PR people, about how much of an eyesore Occupy Seneca was, and how getting us out of there before we became a “permanent, established presence” was a “top priority.”

My first reaction wasn’t anger. It was, “When the hell are these idiots going to start encrypting their email?” I mean, seriously. Here we were, living in the age of the leak, a time when even the goddamned Director of the CIA gets his email splashed all over the newspaper, and these dorks couldn’t be bothered to download a copy of GNU Privacy Guard and generate a keypair. Of course, they’d probably pick “password123!” as their passphrase, so whatever.«

Cory Doctorow, Lawful Interception

In einem meiner anderen Blogs schrieb ich kürzlich etwas über die Verschlüsselung von Mails. Und wie dieser Eintrag suggeriert empfehle ich Dir dringend Deine E-Mails zu verschlüsseln.

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