Hacktivismo Launches ScatterChat for Secure, Private Communication

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CULT OF THE DEAD COW (cDc) subdivision releases user-friendly software to facilitate anonymous communication and secure file transfers.

Hacktivismo (http://www.hacktivismo.com), an international group of hackers, human rights workers, lawyers, and computer security experts announces the release of ScatterChat (http://www.scatterchat.com), a free, open source application designed to facilitate secure and private real-time communication over the Internet.

ScatterChat is unique in that it is intended for non-technical human rights activists and political dissidents operating behind oppressive national firewalls. It is an instant messaging client that provides end-to-end encryption over the Electronic Frontier Foundation-endorsed Tor network. Its security features include resiliency against partial compromise through perfect forward secrecy, immunity from replay attacks, and limited resistance to traffic analysis, all reinforced through a pro-actively secure design.

According to lead developer J. Salvatore Testa II, “The anonymity and encryption that ScatterChat provides ensures that both the identities and messages of activists remain a mystery, even to well-funded totalitarian governments.”

Hacktivismo will be announcing the release of ScatterChat at the HOPE conference taking place July 21-23, at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York, NY.

About Hacktivismo

Hacktivismo, a subdivision of CULT OF THE DEAD COW (cDc), has been combating information rights abuses for more than a decade. Its Goolag campaign brought great visibility to the issue of Internet censorship in China. Hacktivismo assumes as an ethical point of departure the principles enshrined in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights.


Founded in Lubbock, TX, CULT OF THE DEAD COW (cDc) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CDc_communications is the most influential hacking group in the world. The cDc alumni reads like a Who's Who of hacking and includes a former Presidential advisor on Internet security, among others. The group is further distinguished by publishing the longest running e-zine on the Internet [est. 1984], stretching the limits of the First Amendment, and fighting anyone or any government that aspires to limit free speech.

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