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With data breaches on the rise, BitTorrent debuts ‘private, secure, and free’ server-less chat experiment

BitTorrent today announced a new experiment simply called BitTorrent Chat. The company is inviting users to check out the private alpha over at

You can apply now, but BitTorrent says just a small number will be invited in. How many exactly is not clear, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it was just a few hundred.

The company itself admits it isn’t sure where this latest experiment will go, but it does have a vision: serverless chat that is private, secure and free. Unsurprisingly, it will be using the BitTorrent protocol.

BitTorrent justifies its experiment in server-less messaging by citing a report by Symantec that notes more than 6 million people have been impacted by data breaches this year alone. This seems to be a US-specific number as the report states: “In 2012, the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) documented 447 breaches in the United States, exposing 17,317,184 records. In the first half of 2013, there have so far been 255 incidents, exposing 6,207,297 records.”

via The Next Web.