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libre_dev wrote

This is why you should use Briar instead of Signal. In addition to Tor it can also communicate over Bluetooth and Wifi Direct, no Internets necessary. I don't really consider Tor to be the largest concern next to Signal's servers being in the US. It's also much easier to subpoena Google for its web tracking data to track Tor Browser users than breaking Tor itself.

Another thing to keep in mind is that every router, phone, laptop and desktop is compromised by things like Intel ME. RISC-V and libre software defined radio makes the situation better, but low-tech solutions are easier for most people to understand. Meeting face-to-face in random physical locations with no phones costs way more for the spooks to try and eavesdrop on, compared to tricking people into thinking WhatsApp is secure.

There are also systems that make use of data diodes which are immune to data exfiltration over the network.

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cute wrote

Another thing to keep in mind is that every router, phone, laptop and desktop is compromised by things like Intel ME.

None of so have been proven but I do agree that a backdoor may exist due to it being proprietary.

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celebratedrecluse OP wrote

if it did not, I would lose faith in USA government competence. They spend billions on mass surveillance annually, how would they not use their corporate partner to put one. They have said they want one for years, and Intel relies in big part on the contracts with them...

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