Vanishing Emails?

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First there was invisible ink, a boon for anyone in the espionage trade who wanted to keep their words a secret.

Then in the 1960s Mission Impossible introduced television viewers to messages on cassette tapes that would self-destruct five seconds after being listened to.

Now an American company has invented technology to produce the 21st century equivalent – vanishing e-mails.

For a subscription of £20 a year, the New York firm VaporStream guarantees messages will disappear in a puff of virtual smoke after being read once.

Coming to a screen near you, the self-destructing e-mail

The company’s bosses believe the service will be popular with high-profile businesses which are trying to safeguard corporate secrets.

But they admit it could help those involved in shady dealings as well, who might have other reasons for not wanting a permanent record of their dealings.

Vaporizing emails eh?
Do ya suppose terrorists may find this “breakthrough” somewhat intriguing?

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Let us stroll through the arsenal Rad Izlam has used thus far shall we.

Indiscriminate suicide bombings against civilian and military targets have become a constant fixture.

O.K.

Rad Muzlims have been known to use their own civilians as human shields.

A-rabs have faked surrender under a white flag to ambush U.S. Marines. deathani.gif

Muzlims have used hospitals to stage attacks, have hidden fighter jets and tanks in cemeteries or historic sites, even Churches and mosques.

They have attacked U.S. troops while in civilian clothes and from civilian vehicles.

Muzlims station fighters in residential neighborhoods putting their own people directly in harms way.

Muzlims put prisoners of war on display, beheaded and all.
They execute prisoners of war in cold blood.

And they even have a manual telling them the “how to’s.”

Want to venture a guess where they find it?

The good ole World Wide Web.

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Poison gas. Explosives. Hand-to-hand combat. Knives. And religious exhortations.Manual of ji–had details terrorist tactics

The 11-volume “Manual of Afghan Jih–ad” makes chilling reading — a how-to guide to what it calls the “basic rules of sabotage and destruction.”

Most of the information can be gleaned from Web sites, experts say.

“We are at risk. Increasingly, America depends on computers. They control power delivery, communications, aviation, and financial services.

They are used to store vital information, from medical records to business plans to criminal records.

Although we trust them, they are vulnerable – to the effects of poor design and insufficient quality control, to accident, and perhaps most alarmingly, to deliberate attack.

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The modern thief can steal more with a computer than with a gun. Tomorrow’s terrorist may be able to do more damage with a keyboard than with a bomb.”
(National Research Council, “Computers at Risk” National Academy Press, 1991.)

You think it’s beneath them to use use Cyberspace to threaten International governments.
Think again.

Email. What email?
Poof!

Trackposted to Wake Up America, Perri Nelson’s Website, Mark My Words, stikNstein… has no mercy, Blue Star Chronicles, Planck’s Constant, The Amboy Times, Conservative Cat, Pursuing Holiness, and Right Voices, thanks to Linkfest Haven Deluxe.

9 Responses to “Vanishing Emails?”

  1. Perri Nelson says:

    This is an interesting idea. Bits are transitory after all, but I doubt that they’re really “vanishing” completely.

    Servers may have records of them. If they’re ever stored on a hard drive, it would take a lot of work, but they can be recovered even if they’re deleted, and even if the bits are erased.

    The only truly “secure” way to delete a file involves overwriting it with several successive passes of alternating 0s and 1s in varying patterns. There are software packages that will do this type of erasure, but they won’t do it for everything, unless you use them to completely wipe a drive.

    I’m not so sure that the emails would be completely eradicated anyway. What about the senders copy?

    Of course the points about the enemy using technology to thwart us are good ones. We aren’t really fighting simpletons, and they’ve been using all sorts of techniques to hide in plain sight.

  2. InRussetShadows says:

    I agree with Perri. The company is smoking crack, because there’s no way their solution is going to eradicate every copy of the email out there. It most likely relies upon some proprietary email-reading software, plugin, or some exploitation of Windows, or Outlook, or something else. And what good is it, anyways? Say you forget what was in the email and so you go to look for it. Surprise, it’s gone! It’s a lame idea from a usability perspective. If you want data to be transitory, either meet with someone or call them.

    I’m not worried so much about the terrorists using public information to do their thing. That’s how the Anthrax attacks were conceived, after all. What I worry about is the fact that we know this and still aren’t combatting them effectively at that level.

  3. benning says:

    As bad as this may turn out to be, it’s probably inevitable. If something can be done, it will be done. No matter the consequences.

  4. Brooke says:

    Sounds like a scam…

  5. Ma r t i n @ b l o g b a t says:

    Perri and Russet have it nailed. They’d literally have to do a hard wipe of ever server and router as well as the sending and receiving computer or device to get rid of that e-mail. People who buy into this are probably most likely amateur criminals and unfaithful spouses. Terrorists and other serious players will either continue to use a variety of encryption and steganography tools as well as traditional untraceable, non-electronic, and easily-destroyed communication methods.

  6. KKarLL MmM says:

    I smell another new product from Norton, Macafee or the king of Windows, Microsoft…computer keystrokes are sent into space, where they land only few know…the rest is Twilight Zone material…

  7. Always On Watch says:

    Amit Shah, the company’s co-founder

    Call me suspicious!

  8. Angel says:

    Thanks so much for the feedbacks on this one y’all..interesting! :)

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