These links are in different languages.

They are about the latest on Protonmail, an email provider that advertises itself as a privacy guarantor.

According to Protonmail’s own statement,

“under Swiss law, Proton can be forced to collect information on accounts belonging to users under Swiss criminal investigation”

ProtonMail then can be forced to keep logs. It does not say it is forced to keep logs.

“This is obviously not done by default, but only if Proton gets a legal order for a specific account.”

It implies but does not say if ProtonMail did get a legal order for a specific account.

“We only comply with legally binding orders from Swiss authorities.” The word ‘only’ can be taken off without changing the core meaning of the sentence.

“Under current Swiss law, email and VPN are treated differently, and ProtonVPN cannot be compelled to log user data.” Therefore ProtonMail can. Otherwise it would have to read simply ‘Proton’, like in other paragraphs.

“We only know that the order for data from the Swiss government came through channels typically reserved for serious crimes.”

From these paragraphs it can only be inferred that the Swiss authorities requested email logs and these were granted.

There is a simple way to not have to give logs to the authorities: don’t keep them.


Protonmail has snitched on one of their users, activists who were subsequently arrested by the cops, by providing IP and web browser information, confirming they keep that in their logs.

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Anonimity and corporate services 

When signing up for an email provider, ask what logs are kept.

mailman list admins!

You may have a list with aktivix – or any other provider of mailman lists. This applies to most if not all mailman list services.

So you are one of the administrators of a mailman list – because you really, really should be one of several administrators.

And you may think that it has been hacked because you continue to receive spam sent to you specifically, starting with “Hi . Most likely it is addressed to the list, then blocked as it comes from an address not subscribed to it, or to the owner of the list, which is, all the addresses listed in the ‘admin’ field.

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This email was received on the abuse@indymedia email address, it’s so brilliant it should be shared.

Hello, I work as a private investigator.
Our company received an order to hack into your email, phone, cloud, network and to collect intelligence.
We work with hackers from China for tasks like that, and they are the best. But we do have an ethical protocol in place.
After checking on the person, who ordered the hack and investigation on you, I have decided to come forward and offer you to buy the information about that person.

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Aktivix cleaning

The aktivix mail server needs some serious upgrading and updating. Servers need free space for this, and this server does not have it. So aktivix is doing some clearning.

We did three mailouts with the idea that, those who wouldn’t answer any of them, would loose their email accounts. The post on the website says more.

What we didn’t anticipate is that so few of the users would answer. Continue reading

aktivix email service and the web interfaces

There were two web interfaces you could use to check your aktivix emails: horde and roundcube. Due to circumstances beyond aktivix’s control, we can no longer support roundcube.

As for horde – webmail is really only a backup for those occasions when you are not sitting in front of your own computer. Of course if you do not own a computer you do need to use the web alternative, but if you have access to the same computer/s regularly, you are encouraged to have a copy of thunderbird for you especially if you want to easily use encryption and other nice bits, like .. read on. Continue reading

Privacy is not terrorism

On Tuesday 16th December 2014, a large police operation took place in the Spanish State. Fourteen houses and social centres were raided in Barcelona, Sabadell, Manresa and Madrid; books, leaflets and IT material were seized; and eleven people were arrested and sent to the Audiència Nacional, a special court handling issues of “national interest”, in Madrid. Continue reading