A frequent source ‘A’ sending updated NSA-Affiliated IP resources to Cryptome’s Web site has reported the following new information:
Certain privacy/full session SSL email hosting services have been purchased/changed operational control by NSA and affiliates within the past few months, through private intermediary entities.
Reportedly the following services are controlled:
Hushmail – based in Canada,
Guardster – based in USA,
SAFe-mail.net – based in Israel.
Link here: NSA Controls SSL Email Hosting Services
Update 22nd Dec: Guardster Team has posted its response on 21st Dec to Cryptome:
We can assure you that we do not cooperate with the NSA or any other government agency anywhere in the world. We invite whomever is making this statement to provide proof, rather than making a baseless accusation.
Response from Safe-mail.net Team (24th Dec) is the following:
1. We never had any contacts, direct or indirect, with the NSA or any other
government agency anywhere in the world.
2. All software we use is in-house development.
3. We have never shared our technology with any other party.
Update 30th Dec: Hushmail Team has posted its response yesterday to Cryptome’s Web site:
Hush Communications Corporation, the company that provides the Hushmail.com email service, is not owned, wholly or in part, by any government agency.
Additionally, ‘More info on industry Windows security software’ has been released:
Zone Alarm, Symantec, MacAfee: All facilitate Microsoft’s NSA-controlled remote admin access via IP/TCP ports 1024 through 1030; ie will allow access without security flag. Unknown whether or not software port forward routing by these same programs will defeat NSA access.
The post released in Cryptome.org on 1st Nov informed about the future updates with details related to this issue and this is the first piece of information.
To the new readers: Cryptome: NSA has access to Windows Mobile smartphones