Is E-mail as Bad as You Say? Yes. Yes it is.

Here at the Anselus Project, we are very passionate about seeing e-mail take a permanent vacation. If it seems like that passion is unfounded, consider the articles in this reading list. For those who would rather just get to the point, each article has a quick summary.

The Guardian, 8/9/2013
Lavabit email service abruptly shut down citing government interference
Abstract:
Encrypted e-mail service chooses to shut down than give the decryption keys for its users’ e-mail to the U.S. government.

The Register, 1/27/2016
Cops hate encryption but the NSA loves it when you use PGP
Abstract:
NSA loves PGP e-mail encryption technology because while the contents of a message are encrypted, information about the message is not.

Reuters, 10/4/2016
Yahoo secretly scanned customer emails for U.S. intelligence - sources
Abstract:
One of the largest e-mail providers built a search engine so U.S. intelligence could read any of its users’ e-mail.

Counterpunch, 10/6/2016
A Scandal that Reveals More Than It Says: Yahoo Scanned All Users’ Mail for the Government
Abstract:
Scrutinizing public comments from other Big Tech companies reveals additional cause for concern.

CNN, 10/4/2017
Every single Yahoo account was hacked - 3 billion in all
Abstract:
The initial count of compromised accounts in their 2013 data breach, 500 million, was revealed to be far less than reality. Oopsie.

The Daily Dot, 7/9/2019
Fallout over Superhuman’s email privacy scandal continues
Abstract:
Premium exclusive e-mail startup violates privacy of all its clients and their contacts even after making changes to make it slightly less creepy.

ZDNet, 7/29/2019
DMARC’s abysmal adoption explains why email spoofing is still a thing
Abstract:
E-mail technology designed to prevent phishing largely not used because it’s too hard to implement.