PyBitmessage version 0.3.5
|Original author(s)||Jonathan Warren|
|Initial release||November 2012|
0.6.3.2 / February 13, 2018
|Written in||Python, C++ (POW function)|
|Operating system||Windows, macOS, Linux, FreeBSD|
|Available in||English, Esperanto, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Norwegian, Arabic, Chinese|
|Type||Instant messaging client|
Bitmessage was conceived by software developer Jonathan Warren, who based its design on the decentralized digital currency, bitcoin. The software was released in November 2012 under the MIT license.
Bitmessage gained a reputation for being out of reach of warrantless wiretapping conducted by the National Security Agency (NSA) due to the decentralized nature of the protocol, and its encryption being difficult to crack. As a result, downloads of the Bitmessage program increased fivefold during June 2013 after news broke of classified email surveillance activities conducted by the NSA.
- Max Raskin (2013-06-27). "Bitmessage's NSA-Proof E-Mail". Business Week.
- Dan Nosowitz (2013-08-09). "What Are Your Options Now For Secure Email?". Popular Science.
- Molly Wood (2013-08-13). "Gmail: You weren't really expecting privacy, were you?". CNet.
- "Chimera Ransomware Tries To Turn Malware Victims Into Cybercriminals". International Business Times. 2015-12-04.
- Bitmessage: A Peer‐to‐Peer Message Authentication and Delivery System (Jonathan Warren) - Bitmessage white paper