Lavabit used 4pt-Font to fuck with the FBI

Sehr schönes Detail für Typographen aus den gestern veröffentlichten Dokumenten, die den Kampf von Edward Snowdens Mail-Provider gegen gerichtliche Anordnungen zeigen. Der hatte auf Ansage des Gerichts die SSL-Schlüssel herauszugeben, was eine Überwachung sämtlicher Lavabit-Kunden ermöglicht hätte. Die hat er auch herausgegeben: Ausgedruckt auf 11 Seiten in 4pt-Schrift in einer Schmuck- oder Script-Schrift (ist auf den Scans nicht genau auszumachen hier auf Seite 145). Well played!

In an interesting work-around, Levison complied the next day by turning over the private SSL keys as an 11 page printout in 4-point type. The government, not unreasonably, called the printout “illegible.”

“To make use of these keys, the FBI would have to manually input all 2,560 characters, and one incorrect keystroke in this laborious process would render the FBI collection system incapable of collecting decrypted data,” prosecutors wrote.

The court ordered Levison to provide a more useful electronic copy. By August 5, Lavabit was still resisting the order, and the judge ordered that Levison would be fined $5,000 a day beginning August 6 until he handed over electronic copies of the keys.

On August 8, Levison shuttered Lavabit, making any attempt at surveillance moot. Still under a gag order, he posted an oblique message saying he’d been left with little choice in the matter.

Lavabit Tried Giving The Feds Its SSL Key In 11 Pages Of 4-Point Type; Feds Complained That It Was Illegible