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Secure messenger to guard against totalitarian governments

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Aged geeks should remember the Cult of the Dead Cow (CDC) well. The hacker group was particularly famous for its easy-to-use Back Orifice spyware trojan released in 1998, which was as good for corporate espionage as it was for humorous office pranks. So it's with some irony that CDC has released an open source client that secures your instant messenger communications over the Internet.

Since 2000, CDC has been a proponent of what it calls "hacktivism" - hacking for what it feels is a just cause. In this case, the secure instant messenger, called ScatterChat, is designed for "non-technical human rights activists and political dissidents operating behind oppressive national firewalls," according to the press release.

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