What to protect against

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  • Competitors surveilling your communication
    Today, competitive and industrial espionage are daily business. Part of this business is employing technical and human means to find out what other market participants are doing, what they are interested in, and with whom they communicate. This information is freely available or easy to procure via illegal means. Since all unprotected traffic on the Internet can be associated with its origin - even surfing to websites - searching through Google, sending email and using instant messaging or VoIP can - and will - give away critical information about the motives your communications.

  • Insecure mobile communication environments
    Mobile Internet access via public Hotspots, hotel networks or LANs of partners or customers is one of the most dangerous, but necessary, practices of mobile workers. These methods make the user vulnerable to low-cost attacks, to get access to communication details as well as leaking valuable information on critical security details of enterprise networks.

  • Mandatory data retention by telecom providers
    All over the European Union and in many other countries, mandatory data retention laws are in effect. Massive databases of connection details - of everyone using modern means of communication - reach back several months or even years. These are now available to law enforcement and intelligence agencies, often even crossing borders due to multi-lateral assistance agreements. Since economic espionage is now in the primary repertoire of intelligence services, and since misdirected investigations are not uncommon, these masses of data constitute an enormous risk for any globally-active economic organization. Adding the problem of corruption and illegal data leakage due to hacking and theft greatly increases the probability that this data is used in unintended, destructive ways.

  • Unwarranted access to telecom operations
    All over the world information about unwarranted access to critical telecom back-end systems and operations by law enforcement, intelligence agencies, private data collectors and hackers enters the news and industry publications. Massive "vacuum cleaner" data gathering operations, both by public and private entities, are a serious risk to confidential communication, especially with today's low cost data mining technology.

  • Illegal behavior by employees
    Surfing illegal porn sites, illegal file sharing and committing fraud employing company resources and networks can easily cause investigations of the employer. This leads to bad press and often raids or seizures. These events can result in tremendous cost and even endanger critical operation.

  • Misdirected investigations
    Digital evidence is easy to forge and hard to refute. Attempts to direct investigations by law enforcement against personal and economic enemies are a common practice - in most cases leading to enormous damages to the target.

  • Blackmail and corruption
    Internet Service Providers and other telecom companies have total access to all communication content and details. They are the central nexus of today's digital society - a central point with increasingly valuable data. Using blackmail and corruption, organized crime and unscrupulous competitors get access to key administrators and critical customer data, or even to mandatory data retention databases.

  • Lost and stolen data
    Lost and stolen data make the news almost weekly although only the tip of the iceberg reaches public attention. This data includes not only customer databases but often correspondence, critical system access credentials and transaction records.

How Cryptohippie protects you

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  • Anonymous Internet access
    When connecting via our service, your original IP address will not be visible to third parties - it is replaced with a new one from our system. This IP address is not assigned to you, nor does it remain the same. This makes it extremely hard for an outsider to gather any information on who you are or where you surf.
    Furthermore, the packets sent through our network get mixed with many others, making traces very hard - and your connection anonymous.

  • Protected closed-group networks
    Closed-group networks are private and encrypted networks only accessible to authorized members. This technology makes it possible to invite only members of a team into one's own "private internet".

  • No need to trust a single party
    Accessing the Internet via your ISP or through most anonymization services forces the user to entrust a single entity with his or her privacy. Cryptohippie splits trust over multiple certified entities. None of those entities has access to enough data to break your privacy or gather information that could be used against you or a client.

  • Jurisdiction-aware routing
    To further protect against unfounded surveillance, all communication on our networks travel through at least two jurisdictions. Furthermore, connections leave our system in a jurisdiction different from the jurisdiction of the destination/receiver. This serves as barrier against over-reaching investigations.

  • Military grade encryption
    All traffic to and within our networks is protected by state of the art encryption. This keeps third parties from gathering information about your communication contents and context. Even stolen client keys will not compromise previous data transfers. Data is encrypted with AES-256, key exchange is conducted using RSA-2048/DH-2048, HMACs are created with SHA1/SHA256.

  • Dynamic IP assignment
    Internet destinations often create and share log-files with other parties. This can easily create profiles on users. Cryptohippie employs dynamic IP assignment methods that assign IP addresses based on both source and destination of a connection only. Doing this ensures that a client IP will constantly change (without breaking connections) and thus makes profiling much harder.

  • Adaptive firewalls
    All traffic within our network runs through client specific firewalls. This assures that no unauthorized connections to your systems can travel through our network. Firewall rules can be updated during active sessions and thus may be adapted dynamically to current requirements.

  • Secure data storage and processing
    All components of our network use actively managed, hardened operating system images and are dedicated to their use. This reduces the complexity of each node and thereby decreases potential security risks. Furthermore all data on our computers is stored only on encrypted hard discs, so that confiscation and theft are not a serious issue.

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