Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

Inside Lavabit’s Battle Against the Courts

Kevin Poulsen, Wired:

In an interesting work-around, Levison complied the next day by turning over the private SSL keys as an 11 page printout in 4-point type. The government, not unreasonably, called the printout “illegible.”

“To make use of these keys, the FBI would have to manually input all 2,560 characters, and one incorrect keystroke in this laborious process would render the FBI collection system incapable of collecting decrypted data,” prosecutors wrote.

Reasonably, unreasonable demands are met with unreasonable compliance.