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Zero-Knowledge Systems Releases First Tranche of Source Code; Previews Linux Version of Freedom, its Total Internet Privacy Solution.

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Zero-Knowledge(R) Systems, the leading developer of privacy solutions for consumers and companies, will release its first source code today. Mike Shaver, Zero-Knowledge's Chief Software Officer, last week previewed the Linux client of the company's award-winning privacy software, Freedom(R) at the Ottawa Linux Symposium.

In this first source release, Zero-Knowledge will release the source code of the Freedom Linux kernel interface. Source code will be available for download from the Zero-Knowledge website at This interface contains the code that allows Freedom to intercept all incoming and outgoing data from a computer and can be useful for implementing secure networking solutions for Linux. In accordance with the company's stated commitment to open source, additional source code to the Freedom client and server will be made available in the coming months.

"In response to the strong demand for our code and in accordance with our commitment to security through openness, we are excited to preview the Linux client and embark on the first step toward releasing the source code," said Shaver, who previously headed developer relations and open source evangelism for, the group organizing development of the open source Mozilla browser. "Source availability is an important part of any credible privacy solution, and by releasing source code Zero-Knowledge further demonstrates that Freedom is the best solution available."

Freedom is the first commercial product that empowers Internet users to fully control their identities and personal information on the Internet. Freedom transparently encrypts and reroutes Internet traffic, preventing the accidental release of information that could compromise personal privacy online. Users create multiple digital identities (pseudonyms, or "nyms") that they can associate with their Internet activities.

About Zero-Knowledge Systems, Inc.

Founded in 1997, Zero-Knowledge Systems ( is laying the digital infrastructure for privacy-enabled communications and commerce between individuals, companies, governments and organizations. Zero-Knowledge provides consumers and companies with privacy solutions using advanced mathematics, cryptography and source code: the only reliable way to ensure privacy and security.

In December 1999, Zero-Knowledge launched Freedom(R), the only consumer privacy application that empowers Internet users to surf the Web, send email, chat and post to newsgroups in total privacy without having to trust third parties with their personal information. Freedom traffic is linked to untraceable digital identities called "nyms" rather than users' true identities, and is encrypted and routed through the Freedom Network, a globally distributed network of Freedom Servers hosted by ISPs and independent server operators around the world. A US$49.95 commercial version can be downloaded at Journalists can visit the Zero-Knowledge pressroom at

(Freedom(R) and Zero-Knowledge(R) are registered trademarks of Zero-Knowledge Systems, Inc. All other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.)
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