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The NSA phone surveillance program was illegal and expensive: And it did not stop a single terrorist attack.
Data from the USA and Europe show that mass surveillance does not help to stop terrorist attacks. Yet, the authorities continue to rely on surveillance technology like facial recognition and location tracking. Instead we must focus on our human rights and protect what is important to keep the power with the people: Our right to privacy and freedom of speech.
DDoS attack on our DNS infrastructure
Last night multiple DNS providers were attacked to take down Tutanota. In combination with wrongly cached DNS entries for the tutanota.com domain at different DNS servers, this led to a downtime of several hours for millions of Tutanota users. We had switched DNS entries, but as the propagation takes time, some users did not get access to Tutanota immediately.
We must ban facial recognition to defend privacy.
Facial recognition lets companies and authorities track and find people based on big data. This comes with lots of threats, not just to individuals. It is also a severe threat to basic human rights like privacy or freedom of speech. And, as a consequence, face recognition is also a threat to democracy itself. Facial recognition comes with so many problems that we must ban it now.
Update on the continuous DDoS attack on Tutanota.
This weekend continuous DDoS attacks and an infrastructure issue led to downtimes for hundreds of users. While we were able to mitigate most of the DDoS, an overreacting IP-block to fight the attacks led to hundreds of users not being able to access Tutanota for multiple hours this Sunday. We deeply apologize for this mistake; it has now been fixed. Here we want to quickly explain why we have to build the DDoS mitigation ourselves, how the progress is so far, and what you can expect as next steps. Thank you very much for supporting our fight against the attackers and for our right to privacy!
Continuous DDoS is an attack on our right to privacy.
Tutanota is still being under DDoS by unknown adversaries. We are constantly mitigating the attacks. These attacks have been ongoing since middle of August, and while we have immensely improved our DDoS mitigation system since then, we have to keep fighting the attacks to make sure no one can stop you from using encrypted emails. We deeply thank all our users for bearing with us during this difficult time. Now is the time to support us and our fight for privacy to show the attackers that they will not be successful!
Update on the recent DDoS attack on Tutanota.
This Saturday a DDoS campaign was launched against the secure email service Tutanota, which led to a downtime of several hours until we were able to mitigate this complex attack. Here we would like to explain how the attack affected Tutanota. We deeply apologize for the downtime and thank all our users for bearing with us during this difficult time. We are currently reviewing and improving our DDoS protection to mitigate similar attacks faster in the future.
Release Notes: Calendar invites are here!
We are happy to announce that we have completed the calendar invites feature. As calendar invites are mainly used by businesses, this feature is part of the new Business feature. You can now invite anyone to an event that you created in your encrypted calendar - even people who are not using Tutanota (yet)!
The problem with TikTok is not whether it is based in China or the US. The problem with TikTok is TikTok.
TikTok has become known for its extreme tracking of users. This, combined with the fact that TikTok is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, the White House has now issued a ban on TikTok in the USA - unless ByteDance sells TikTok to a US company. However, the problem with TikTok is not solely where the company is based. The problem is its extreme data collection and tracking procedures.
EU's Court of Justice invalidates data sharing under Privacy Shield due to US surveillance.
Today's landmark decision for privacy rights by the European Court of Justice invalidates Privacy Shield - a US-EU agreement. Privacy Shield was passed to give Silicon Valley tech companies easier access to the European market. This special arrangement for US companies is now null and void. If the US wants to re-establish a similar agreement, they first need to drastically change their surveillance laws.
Webmail: Get a new free email address now.
Webmail has become incredibly popular. Everybody has at least one free webmail account: Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook.com, and GMX are some of the most popular webmail services. However, as we learn how the web works, how companies manipulate us, how free email services abuse our data, the time has come to sign up for a secure alternative.