[NetBehaviour] DEMO: VaporStream to raise eyebrows.

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Thu Sep 28 12:46:08 CEST 2006

DEMO: VaporStream to raise eyebrows.

By Paul McNamara.

Void Communications had better be ready for a call from Department of 
Homeland Security. Why? Because in a world where a bottle of shampoo is 
considered a risk to commercial aviation it's likely that federal 
security officials will see red flags in a service designed to provide 
any two people -- say, Osama bin Laden and his right-hand man in the 
U.S. -- with an electronic communications channel that leaves not a 
trace of its contents or the identities of the participants.

Key to Void's Web-based VaporStream service is the fact that at no time 
does the body of the message and the header information appear together, 
thus leaving no record of the interaction on any computer or server. The 
message cannot be forwarded, edited, printed or saved, and, once it's 
been read, it disappears; nothing is cached anywhere. No attachments 

"If you need a record, use e-mail. If you don't, use VaporStream," said 
Void CEO Joseph Collins in the company's morning presentation at DEMOfall.

Billed as potentially controversial by show organizers, it's not 
difficult to see why an application of this sort would cause concern 
among corporate security officials in addition to the feds.


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