Programmers fight government with M-o-o-t OS

    Date11 Dec 2000
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
    4155
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    A team of cryptography experts plan to combat government email surveillance plans through a new super-secure operating system dubbed M-o-o-t. The fedgling project has the backing of top cryptographers and is designed to tackle the Regulation of Investigatory . . . A team of cryptography experts plan to combat government email surveillance plans through a new super-secure operating system dubbed M-o-o-t. The fedgling project has the backing of top cryptographers and is designed to tackle the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) Act, which gives police the power to wiretap ISPs and to demand data when required.

    Privacy groups have attacked the law for its intrusiveness.

    M-o-o-t is the blueprint for a simple operating system based on the BSD variant of Unix. The OS is contained entirely on a single CD so it will not allow users to store files on their PC. It sends encrypted information to numerous offshore "data havens", outside British jurisdiction and hides the information inside random data. This makes communications data near impossible for UK police to retrieve.

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