BitTorrent rolls out secure chat service following NSA leaks

Last Updated: Friday, December 20, 2013 - 19:04

Washington: BitTorrent has reportedly announced a secure chat service that would only a message`s sender and receiver to see the content irrespective of whether it is encrypted or not.

The BitTorrent Chat uses public key encryption, forward secrecy, and a distributed hash table, which means chats will be individually encrypted and won`t be stored on some company`s server.

BitTorrent`s director of communications, Christian Averill said that the chat service is part in response to the NSA leaks making it crucial to develop a messaging app that protects user privacy.

Averill further said that most current chat services rely on central servers to facilitate the exchange of messages, which are vulnerable to hackers and NSA dragnet surveillance sweeps.

BitTorrent Chat works on decentralized infrastructure and rather than checking in with one specific server, users of BitTorrent chat will collectively help each other figure out where to route messages to.

The report said that in order to start chatting, users will need to give someone else/ identifier their public key , which is a little complex way of chatting but the company is working on options for the set up.

The BitTorrent Chat is currently in a private testing phase that interested users can apply for access to.


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First Published: Friday, December 20, 2013 - 19:04

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