Some call it the post-privacy age, when it seems like every phone call and every email is fair game to. The list of victims runs from the corporate, like Sony and JP Morgan, to the celebrity, like Jennifer Lawrence. Even the U.S. Central Command Twitter account fell victim to an ISIS hack.
Someday, maybe it's you.
Harvey Boulter in the chairman of Seecrypt. His team was recently in the Twin Cities meeting with banking and medical device companies, pitching a mobile encryption system for emails, photos and video. It works by sending you a one-time, five-digit key on your phone, that's good for 30 seconds. Verizon now has a version they're offering to business customers.
"It's military encryption for everyone to use," said Seecrypt CEO Mornay Walters. "Every time we send a message and use a new ephemeral key, the data that was sent can't be replayed.
But computer forensic expert Mark Lanterman said he worries about the fine print in the Seecrypt privacy statement, which states "Seecrypt will pro-actively assist law enforcement agencies to prevent criminal activity..."
"Either there is some type of back door, or they're maintaining records you're not realizing you're keeping," Lanterman said.
So is there a backdoor for the NSA?
"Absolutely not," Boulter said. "And that's why the servers are based in South Africa. So we are well beyond borders.
Boulter says they also prevent downloads in world hot zones, like Syria, Iraq and Somalia.
Eventually, he wants to see the technology used to encrypt social media passwords, medical devices in the human body, even the car you drive. The only question is will businesses and consumers decide that privacy is worth the hassle of a five-digit pin number?
"Frankly, you're naked walking down the highway as a data packet, and we wrap you up twice and put you in an armored car," Boulter said.
Seecrypt says their encryption technology is being used by special forces in Afghanistan, and intelligence agencies in the United States. While they don't promise the encryption is unbreakable, they say some of the computer code is five million lines long, and would take an agency like the NSA weeks to crack just a single phone call or email.