May 6, 2014
John McAfee Linked To Private Message-Encrypting Chadder App
Enid Burns for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online
A new messaging app that claims to send private, encrypted messages is now available. The Chadder private messaging app was unveiled at the Imagine RIT festival at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York this week.
The app was created by a partnership between Future Tense Private Systems (FTC) and Etransfr. John McAfee, founder of McAfee anti-virus and former fugitive is behind FTC. The company's new app offers bold promises for texters: key server encryption that ensures private messages can only be read by the addressed recipient.
"CHADDER is an unprecedented messaging platform. We have developed this highly secure system with an extraordinary team of developers at the prestigious RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology)," said McAfee in a corporate statement. "CHADDER is a fun and easy to use messaging APP that happens to keep your communications private. So private that we can't see it ourselves."
"The social media industry is built around the consumer also being the product. CHADDER is here to prove that young people want privacy just as much as adults do. The application is simple and straight forward with a lot of power given to the user," said Lexi Sprague, Founder of Etransfr, in a corporate statement. "At the end of the day it is about giving privacy and control back to the user without scaring them off with complicated log in and messaging processes. The team behind the program CHADDER believes there needs to be a balance between usability and privacy!"
Few details have been given as to how Chadder encrypts, and protects, messages from being read by others, Tom's Guide reports. "However, Chadder's developers , who include John McAfee, the eccentric millionaire who founded the McAfee antivirus software company in 1987, have so far been vague about exactly how the app works. The information they have released about Chadder doesn't seem to support their claims of impenetrability," wrote Jill Scharr from Tom's Guide.
[ Watch the Video: Chadder - Your Private Messaging Application ]
Tom's Guide questions the encryption based on the sequence of the message being sent, encrypted on Chadder servers, and then sent using a key.
"However, in an explanatory YouTube video about Chadder posted by Etransfr, the creators say the encryption process involves sending a message to a remote company-owned server to be encrypted. From that server, the message is then sent on to the intended recipient," Scharr wrote. "This implies that a plaintext (i.e. not encrypted) version of the message exists on the company's servers before it is encrypted. The server would presumably also have a record of which key was used to encrypt a given message, and who the sender and receiver were. In other words, Chadder doesn't sound very secure at all."
McAfee's company, Future Tense Central, has another app called DCentral1, which reports what companies are doing with user data to the user.