Meet John McAfee's newest project: Chadder, a smartphone app that provides encrypted instant messaging

John McAfee is no newcomer to security, privacy, or instant messaging. Founding McAfee Associates in 1987, John McAfee released one of the world's first commercial anti-virus software suites. After leaving McAfee Associates in 1994, he went on to be the founder of Tribal Voice: a company that would produce PowWow, which was one of the world's first instant messaging programs. Not slowing down, Mr. McAfee moved on to join Zone Labs, who had then produced the world's first Windows firewall ZoneAlarm.

Without talking about his own brush with the law that required significantly secure communications and privacy, it can be accepted that Mr. McAfee knows what he's talking about, and has a major eye for security and potential growth in software.

Since the release of DCentral1, an Android app that reveals the amount of permissions that may have been unintentionally granted to the apps installed on a user's phone, Mr. McAfee has partnered with a startup called Etransfr and released a new secure messaging app called Chadder.

Chadder uses "key server encryption," which Mr. McAfee says would mean that Chadder's servers do not see the unencrypted message, and only the recipient of the message would be able to see it. Upon further explanation on the app's Facebook page, it is detailed that the messages are encrypted using 256 bit AES (which is what is currently used for SSL/TLS) and the encryption keys are handled by a "3rd party." The post on Facebook explains that it "makes it so [that] the content you send through our servers is only visible to you and the recipients of the message."

“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)“ - John McAfee

Chadder is available now on Android and Windows Phone, with an iOS version to be made available in the near future.

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Humm so it's different from what he described in his videos then. His idea was for a local mesh secure messaging app that'd let you communicate with nearby people using the same software... And it sounded much more interesting than this does ;/

n_K said,
Humm so it's different from what he described in his videos then. His idea was for a local mesh secure messaging app that'd let you communicate with nearby people using the same software... And it sounded much more interesting than this does ;/

The mesh network was moreso to do with file transfer/sharing than it was to do with messaging. I believe that is still a WIP.

Hello,

Mr. McAfee is still a while out from a hardware product. I'm guessing the DCentral1 and Chadder apps are being developed as prototypes for it, so there will be some programs for it when it is released.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

I feel bad for Mr. McAfee...he probably knows that, right now, as I post, the NSA is feverishly trying to find a way to break the encryption on this app...all in the name of protection.

If we're one of the most powerful countries (possibly the most powerful) country in the world, what are we so afraid of? I know its a stupid question, but it makes sense. A country that was poor would have the fear of being attacked, hacked, etc..., but this is America. What are we so afraid of?

(Proceeds to get beaten and interrogated by NSA, and a random NSA supporter/undercover agent from Neowin)

it is detailed that the messages are encrypted using 256 bit AES (which is what is currently used for SSL/TLS) and the encryption keys are handled by a "3rd party."


so who is this "3rd Party"

"Chadder is available now on Android and Windows Phone, with an iOS version to be made available in the near future." :D

ratkutti said,
"Chadder is available now on Android and Windows Phone, with an iOS version to be made available in the near future." :D

Let me rain on the parade: its still going through Apple's review process, so its not a matter of them not developing for Apple first :p

It looks like it was developed for Windows Phone first and ported to Android. Just look at the textbox, it's more metro style than Holo.

COKid said,
So he is still free?

Mr. McAfee was never charged with anything. His situation in Belize involved him accusing the Belizean government of corruption, then fleeing the country out of fear for his life after 4(?) of his dogs and neighbor were murdered and his house was raided by armed police. The Belizean prime minister explained that he is not a suspect in the murder case of his former neighbor, and that he was just a person of interest. His house was burned to the ground after he left the country.

Earlier in the year they had also tried to arrest him on bogus weapons charges, claiming he didn't have a licence for firearms, however he ultimately provided a copy of the missing licence and with help from the American embassy he was released from jail. One of his dogs were killed during this encounter.

Maybe its just me, but I'd be a little paranoid if that had happened to me as well.

Edited by Jeston, May 3 2014, 7:42pm :

duoi said,

One of his dogs were killed during this encounter.

Reminds me of shooter,

"I don't think you understand. These boys killed my dog."

The_Decryptor said,
So it's like TextSecure then.

Just curious how TextSecure works as it's integrated in CyanogenMod (Correct?). I registered my number, is that all I had to do?