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Re: [tor-talk] Fwd: Android Crypto Chat Apps - over Tor?

Hi Roman,
hi Tor fans,

On Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 11:04:19AM +0500, Roman Mamedov wrote:
> How can anyone trust this table in anything, when they get most basic facts
> such as this wrong?

This is the question. I am just an observer of this scam, but maybe I
can shed some light on it.

A friend of mine who reads the “Cryptography” mailing list forwarded
this e-mail to me on July 3 – as a recommendation I should check out:
When she did this, she had not yet read grampamp's response to it:

When I looked at Smoke's Sourceforge site on the same day, the
download area for binaries and source code contained no files at all –
only empty directories. Today I can see links to GitHub repos. The
source code names Alexis Megas as the sole author, e.g. here:
Alexis Megas also seems to be associated with the suspicious GoldBug
software, as grarpamp found out:

So I do not think it is a coincidence that Smoke and Goldbug score so
many points on Smoke's “scorecard” – the evaluation is rigged in their
favor. Even those claims on that table that can be checked
independently are often false. As Roman mentioned, Telegram's client
is open source, and I can add that Conversations does not cost a dime
if you download the binary via F-Droid.

The reason why I called GoldBug suspicious is that I looked at the
“audit” you can still find on GoldBug's website in English and German
as well as in WikiBooks (which has poor quality control):
Grarpamp pointed out that the two people named as authors seem to
never have published anything else. I doubt they even exist.
I like this diagram: https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Big_Seven_Crypto_Study#/media/File:Figure_37_BIG_SEVEN_Open_Source_Crypto-Messenger_Overview.png
This is obviously neither a scientific study nor a security audit nor
a fair comparison, but somehow, not enough people noticed or
complained about it. Too many distractions these days, I guess.


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