Cartoon explains how world's cutest encrypted chat service works

Cryptocat Adventure! from Nadim Kobeissi on Vimeo.

Sean Bonner shared this cute video for Cryptocat, a web-based service that enables secure, encrypted online chatting and file transfer between two parties.

The creator of Cryptocat, a 22-year old named Nadim Kobeissi, says Cryptocat has earned him the dreaded "SSSS" mark of suspicion on his boarding passes. From Wired:

When he flies through the US, he’s generally had the notorious “SSSS” printed on his boarding pass, marking him for searches and interrogations — which Kobeissi says have focused on his development of the chat client.

His SSSS’s can mean hours of waiting, and Kobeissi says he has been searched, questioned, had his bags and even his passport taken away and returned later. But he’s kept his sense of humor about the experience, even joking from the airport on his Twitter account.



  1. Some other abbreviation than twice the dreaded “SS” didn’t come to mind of those who decided to call it “SSSS”? Nobody seems to go to school anymore…

  2. Edit: I should read the descriptions more carefully! Props to the music for this wonderful instructional video :)

  3. SSSSS? Pfft—that’s like getting teased in kindergarten: kid stuff.

    1. Print two boarding passes
    2. Present one to the counter at “check-in”; note the SSSS now stamped next to your name
    3. Throw away first pass
    4. Present pass #2 to TSA person in “security” line.
    5. Do the take-off-shoes-just-a-crotch-grab-no-radiation-thanks dance
    6. Pick up irradiated carry-ons/put on shoes, walk to gate

    1. It appears that this SSSS is one that’s actually printed on the boarding passes, not the SSSS that airline representatives write/stamp on passes when they feel like being jerks.

    1.  And what if one bad guy goes to another bad guy’s house and talks about bad stuff in person?

      1.  Even worse: What if a bad person does something bad without talking about it on acebook beforehand? Is there a law against it? Now I can’t sleep anymore!

        1.  Imagine what happens when a bad person does something bad without talking to anyone about it!

      1. Don’t be sad for him.  He just thinks that if the government can’t listen in, the terrorists win.

  4. The service sounds awesome.  The video was incredible.  I want to know who composed the music for it, I could listen to that all day.

  5. i was hoping that during the “open source and transparent” part, that we would see an x-ray view of the kitty. ah, well, still neat.

  6. Step 1: Make safe, easy to use encrypted chat service.
    Step 2: ???
    Step 3: Government doesn’t like this, brands you as suspicious for life.

    Note that there is no Step 2.

    1. Oooh,  now I’m branded as “suspicious” by the “government”? Oh joy! I always wanted to experience what living in a distopian future is like! So when does this ride end? I’d fancy some Magic Mountain now.

  7. Wait, but how am I supposed to securely send a link to the cryptocat chat room I’ve created?

    1.  I wondered the same thing, but I suppose you can just keep on eye on who’s in the room. If someone somehow intercepted or guessed your room name, they’ll show up in your room and you leave (previous messages are not displayed to new entrants).

    1. When I click that link, I get a “Waiting for” message in Chrome’s status bar. It was so realtime that I turned into a skeleton with webs in it.

  8. David Solomonoff interviewed Nadim at the recent Circumvention Tools Hackfest in NYC.

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