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Former SEALs Market iPhone App That The Government Hates

•, Geoffrey Ingersoll
 The first line to a recent story on Buzzfeed is enough to make anyone break out a tinfoil hat ... or at the very least buy a new App designed by Navy SEALs.

"The first rule," Buzzfeed staffer Russell Brandom writes, "former Navy SEAL Mike Janke tells me, is that you have to assume the worst: 'Everything you do and say — email, text, phone — is monitored on some level.'"

What Janke and colleague Vic Hyder came up with was an App called "Silent Circle," which encrypts iPhone data to a military-grade level. Janke told Brandom that his inspiration for the App was his work in the field of covert operations; another motivator was both Janke and Hyder's work as private security contractors for celebrities, a field which doesn't just have physical threats, but digital threats (a la Scarlett Johansson not so surreptitious cell phone boob shots).

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