Phil Zimmermann "PGP Creator" Defends Hushmail

Phil Zimmermann, the coder who created the Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) email encryption scheme in 1991, defended encrypted online webmail company Hushmail's turning over of the unscrambled emails to the government when given a court order, arguing it is not reasonable to expect that online encrypted email storage is as safe as using encryption software […]

Phil Zimmermann, the coder who created the Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) email encryption scheme in 1991, defended encrypted online webmail company Hushmail's turning over of the unscrambled emails to the government when given a court order, arguing it is not reasonable to expect that online encrypted email storage is as safe as using encryption software on one's own computer.

Zimmermann, who sits on Hushmail's advisory board, spoke to THREAT LEVEL after we published a piece contrasting the site's promises that it had no access to the contents of customers' encrypted emails stored on their servers with a court case showing that the Canadian company turned over 12 CDs of readable emails to U.S. authorities.

Zimmermann is also the brains behind Zfone, software that works with VOIP services to make encrypted online phone calls possible.

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PGP, Webmail, Email, Encryption