BitTorrent to go into chat, to wind up PRISM presumably

2 October 2013


Sick of people prying into your emails like nosy priests, tutting at everything you do? Well, after the NSA/PRISM scandal, there's a whole host of things cropping up to give people secure services online.

The latest are BitTorrent (the people who maintain the infamous peer-to-peer downloading tool) who have announced that they're going to offer secure communications.

You'll be able to use BitTorrent Private Chat, once it comes out of being in private alpha. It'll work in a similar way to its BitTorrent Sync product, which allows you to keep files up-to-date over multiple computers using a distributed network.

These files are broken into tiny bits, then encrypted and then sent to devices, where they can then be re-downloaded.

If that's the case, BitTorrent's avoiding of a centralised server means that your private conversations have less chance of being intercepted by governments.

If you want to apply to be part of the private alpha on the BitTorrent website, then click here.

TOPICS:   Technology   Privacy


  • gav
    see also: bitmessage
  • JT R.
    I applaud what BitTorrent is doing. Once you download a movie or whatever, don't save it in a public cloud like Dropbox, iCloud, etc. Instead stash it in a CloudLocker (, a PRIVATE cloud that you can access from anywhere but you keep in your house where they still need a warrant to get it. We're sure to see more inventions like this will help protect us from the people supposed to protect us.
  • Reader
    @JT It's a sad state of affairs when people need to be protection by the very government they elected.
  • Reader
    @JT It’s a sad state of affairs when people need to be protected by the very government they elected.
  • Spencer
    Could just be me being a cynic... but this sets off a huge number of alarm bells for the following reasons... 1. The technology to intercept and decode encrypted packets is already in use - so this isnt a fail safe method. 2. Security services and online monitoring are likely to be more interested in people that go to greater lengths to conceal their comms. I know it shouldnt work that way, but the person with the most to lose usually has the most to hide - specifically, you make yourself a target as they'll want to know why your being so secretive. 3. You have to sign up and register and apply to join - so you're IP is already tagged before you even send a message.
  • Big M.
    @ Spencer, 2. So let's ALL do it? I don't really agree with your point. That's suggesting plain unencrypted hotmail/gmail communications are less interesting and less likely to be monitored. I think it was the 9/11 bombers used hotmail but didn't SEND anything. The just saved all their messages to draft on an account they could all access. Intelligence doesn't just jump out for an agency / service and scream at them how it should be relevant. It's the analysis that decides this.
  • Big M.
    .... so what you're saying is, criminals / terrorists - use unencrypted services, easy to snoop on services because they are less likely to be snooped on themselves, because who would do that, right?

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