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    Silcnet

    For those who like IRC, but don't like its insecure nature (plain-text transmissions), check out Silcnet. They took the Irssi client and added a lot of features which cryptography fans will enjoy (signatures, fingerprints, etc.)

    There are clients for Linux, the *BSD's, Mac and Windows

  2. #2

    Re: Silcnet

    w00t, I'm an irssi user anyway, this should r0ck!

    *EDIT*

    Eh, after looking at the site, I notice that it's a network all of it's own. You can't use that client/server to connect with IRC servers... no good to me....

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    Re: Silcnet

    Sweetness!

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    Re: Silcnet

    I'm on #hackcanada guys if you wanna speak RT with me.

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    Re: Silcnet

    excellent...*rubs hands together and cackles with mad glee*

    now terrorists can communicate with each other freely and the governments of the world will be helpless to stop them!

    and, as an added bonus, now we can swap warez, mp3's, and kiddie porn without ever having to worry about getting in trouble! (let's see those stupid law enforcement agencies try to crack THAT!!)

    on the other hand, I can now chat in complete privacy with someone else over the internet..."hey John, wanna see what my new icewm theme looks like? let me send you an encrypted jpeg! hehe" or "hey, I gots me some images from 'Love Hena' with Britney Spears' head photoshopped onto them, wanna see 'em?"

    seriously, I can't imagine what I would ever need an encrypted chat forum for...I have absolutely nothing to hide from anyone (except for my shady dealings with that crack dealer in '67).

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    Re: Silcnet


    excellent...*rubs hands together and cackles with mad glee*

    now terrorists can communicate with each other freely and the governments of the world will be helpless to stop them!

    and, as an added bonus, now we can swap warez, mp3's, and kiddie porn without ever having to worry about getting in trouble! (let's see those stupid law enforcement agencies try to crack THAT!!)

    on the other hand, I can now chat in complete privacy with someone else over the internet..."hey John, wanna see what my new icewm theme looks like? let me send you an encrypted jpeg! hehe" or "hey, I gots me some images from 'Love Hena' with Britney Spears' head photoshopped onto them, wanna see 'em?"

    seriously, I can't imagine what I would ever need an encrypted chat forum for...I have absolutely nothing to hide from anyone (except for my shady dealings with that crack dealer in '67).
    What's your root password then? Also, I'd like to know where you live and I'd appreciate if you sent me a key for your house. Do you mind if I put microphones all over your house and listen to what you say or if I watched you do when you lock your bedroom door and put some real loud music?

    I consider computer cryptography to be very important as everyone gets wired more and more these days: I want my privacy. Also, if you are part of the people who think terrorists could be stopped if they didn't have free access to cryptographic software, then you are wrong my man. They just need to find a brilliant and mathematical mind (easy) that knows programming a bit (most mathematicians are familiar with programming nowadays) and give them the white-paper of blowfish and ask them to write their own crypto program. Or they could ask them to design a whole new one.

    "I've got nothing to hide": crackers don't want your credit card: they want access to your box so that they can launch DDoS attacks from there, so you're the one that gets the FBI squad.

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    Re: Silcnet


    What's your root password then? *Also, I'd like to know where you live and I'd appreciate if you sent me a key for your house. *Do you mind if I put microphones all over your house and listen to what you say or if I watched you do when you lock your bedroom door and put some real loud music?

    "I've got nothing to hide": crackers don't want your credit card: they want access to your box so that they can launch DDoS attacks from there, so you're the one that gets the FBI squad.
    Of course I wouldn't want people spying on me all the time, but comparing irc (unencrypted chat) to having microphones placed in your house is kinda silly (I'm sure there's a logging function in silcnet, too).

    I like to maintain a reasonable level of security on my computer (there's no possible way to connect to it; I closed all the ports), and a reasonable level of security in my life. If someone was watching me in my room while I listened to my loud music, it's probably because I invited them in the room, just as in irc, where you kinda have to invite people into your channel, or you're invited into a channel, and you permit others to view your conversations. I don't like having people visibly spying or stalking me, but if I really don't have anything to hide, and there's nothing that people can get from my box, they'll eventually go away (what's more boring than watching a whole lot of nothing?).

    I consider computer cryptography to be very important as everyone gets wired more and more these days: I want my privacy. *Also, if you are part of the people who think terrorists could be stopped if they didn't have free access to cryptographic software, then you are wrong my man. *They just need to find a brilliant and mathematical mind (easy) that knows programming a bit (most mathematicians are familiar with programming nowadays) and give them the white-paper of blowfish and ask them to write their own crypto program. *Or they could ask them to design a whole new one. *
    Yea, I know that...I was being somewhat sarcastic. I was just trying to say that this service is merely making it a lot easier for people to do illegal things.

    Hamond's Seventh Law of Computing:
    If it can be abused, it will be.

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    Re: Silcnet

    Sorry, but I always find it odd when people seem not to care about security. *I gotta admit that I am somehow paranoid, but when Kint and I say stupid things in #hackcanada, we something like to keep that private. I thought people liked to have even the most meaningless conversations private. I mean, I would freak out if someone called me and said "I'm Jennifer Aniston! *FAP FAP FAP FAP* *click*". You get a phone call from some anonymous guys who tells you thing about you. I would HATE that.

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