Last week, we published details on Kiri, a project that promises to make you anonymous on the Internet with a $40 USD Raspberry Pi and some lifted code. On June 3rd, Taheer Jokhia posted an update on the KickStarter:
Closed Source GP2 License Issues
It has come to light that we will not be able to distribute our code as closed-source. Therefore we are announcing that Kiri OS will be open-source and made available to the public.
About Dyc Studio and some history on Kiri
Please note: Employees of Dyc Studio have chosen to stay anonymous for their own personal reasons, so they will not be named. Please respect this.
Dyc Studio started as a design company in 2010. During that time the company was very small and not yet registered as the private limited company it is today and our managing director, Taheer, had begun learning the fundamentals of cyber security. About a year later Dyc Studio moved on to start producing websites and software for various companies at a very small scale. Over time (until 2015) the company grew, gained more clients and eventually became a registered company, still only with 2 employees; the director and a designer. As for Kiri OS, our director, Taheer began development on it in 2013 and has been slowly building it’s components since then.
It was only during the beginning of 2016 that Taheer decided that Kiri OS should be distributed to the world, however he knew it would not be complete for at least another 5 years. So he reached out to friends and family in search of help. He gained one extra developer who is experienced in cyber security to help out. In February 2016, the team had become 3 people; Taheer, another software engineer and a designer. It was then the team decided Kiri OS needs external funding to pay for the team to work on Kiri fulltime as well as hire extra help, so we began focusing on a Kickstarter campaign and put all development on standby until the team is able to work full-time on it.
I hope this clears things up for a lot of you.
You’d think that Taheer would have at least read the licence when going over this source code he was trying to lift for this Kiri project.
Based on a CV posted on one of DYC Studio’s websites from around 2012 (we have opted to not share a copy of this due to it revealing some personal information), there is no indication of an interest in cyber security, operating system development, or anything that would inspire some level of confidence in the project.
This is an excerpt from said CV:
Weirdly, the CV is shared between him and his former business partner. Being that said business partner does not appear to be involved any further and that Taheer has asked that we respect privacy for his anonymous (read: “probably fake”) employees, we won’t name him.
Taheer should also update his LinkedIn profile because so far I just see that he’s into marketing and web design:
We see software development, game development, and app development, but how about languages? How about cyber security? You updated your profile to state that you’re doing a KickStarter, but haven’t updated it to tell us more about your development past?
Also, when did DYC Studio start? 2011 or 2008? Your weird CV says 2011, your other LinkedIn profile says 2011, and yet your current one says 2008? Are you a Director or are you a Founder?
It also does appear that we’ve touched a nerve:
If you want to raise money for your lifted OS, you could at least try and lie better. You already engage in spamming as part of DYC Studio, so you’d think that you would have picked up a few tricks by now.
Please provide us with a copy of the source code to ease confusion.