Updated 11:29 AM EDT, Tue, Jun 16, 2020

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BitTorrent Releases Anti-NSA Messaging App

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In the wake of the National Security Agency's scandal of allegedly spying on the public, Internet users are finding ways to prevent unauthorized access to their private information.

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The information leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden suggests that millions of emails and messages are collected in an "untargeted" global sweep, according to The Guardian. The notes could provide private details such as the Social Security number and credit card details of the user.

To prevent such intrusions, software developer BitTorrent has created its first server-less chat client. The company has announced a pre-alpha version trial of BitTorrent Bleep, a mobile instant messaging application developed specifically for the privacy of the user.

There are already numerous messaging apps in the market such as Skype, BBM and Facebook Messenger. But what sets Bleep apart, according to the company, is the peer-to-peer technique of communication.

"We never see your messages or metadata," said Jaehee Lee, the senior product manager for Bleep, in a blog post. "As far as we're concerned, anything you say is 'bleep' to us."

Most chat clients are reliant on client servers to dispatch and retrieve messages between individuals, BitTorrent said. The particular server model, which depends on a server between the sender and recipient, is vulnerable to unwarranted investigations.

A peer-to-peer, or P2P, network is a number of computers that send and receive information among themselves.

The main difference between P2P and centralized server systems is that the peer-to-peer method is independent of a server .

For example, "A" wants to send a message to "B" on a centralized server, the note sent is received by server "C," then relayed to "B."

On the P2P scheme, the message of "A" may be first sent to "D." The message is then relayed to "F," bounced to "E" and finally sent to "B." Central server "C" is not used.

The concept is also applied on BitTorrent's file sharing application on the computer named after the company. 

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