This is part two of an on-going series detailing my investigation of the service providers behind Anon-IB, a revenge-porn site where men post sexually explicit images of local women and underage teens in threads organized by state, county and city, often including personal details of the victims. I also detail malicious cyber activity being allowed by these same providers and make an effort to bring their complicity to the attention of relevant parties. Part one can be found here.

Quasi Networks Reaches Out (of the blue)

Early last week I published part one of this on-going saga of disgust and corporate apathy, but what happened a few weeks prior to that is what accelerated my interest in Quasi Networks and resolved me to eventually just call them out publicly.

On October 3, their ‘abuse team’ (which appears to be just one guy) contacted me, seemingly at random, saying they understood I had some complaints about one of their clients and to contact them and they would look into it. The odd part is that I had not contacted them previously from this email account and their reaching out to me was essentially unsolicited and not specific to any complaint I had sent them. Continue reading “Part 2: Anon-IB, Quasi Networks, and the Exploitation of Women”

The post, titled “Why I won’t recommend Signal anymore,” piqued my interest as I spend a lot of time evangelizing Signal to virtually anyone I interact with, for reasons which I have spent several years discovering. I immediately thought, “What did this guy discover that I’ve so blatantly missed?” and read through the article.

Unfortunately, there were no real revelations as the points the author raises have been well discussed publicly by Open Whisper Systems (OWS) and Moxie Marlinspike (Moxie) and seem to omit quite a bit of perspective in Moxie’s and OWS’ stances on the issues and also the threat model Signal is assuming with their users.

I’m going to provide some brief background on Signal, Open Whisper Systems and Moxie Marlinspike, then head straight into my response, point-by-point, offering additional context on each issue raised by the previously mentioned author and my thoughts and findings when researching these issues. Continue reading “Managing Security Trade-offs: Why I Still Recommend Signal”