Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 31st May 2014 00:12 UTC, submitted by teo
Privacy, Security, Encryption

Over the past 24 hours the website for TrueCrypt (a very widely used encryption solution) was updated with a rather unusually styled message stating that TrueCrypt is "considered harmful" and should not be used.

Very odd story. Lots of little red flags going up all over the place.

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Too bad...
by UltraZelda64 on Sat 31st May 2014 01:51 UTC
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2006-12-05

https://www.grc.com/misc/truecrypt/truecrypt.htm

The anonymity of the developers and the hastily-written "farewell" web page which came without warning both added up to make everything seem questionable, but it seems that it's true... the guys just no longer want to continue maintaining the program. In their view, the fact that Windows XP was the only modern OS without encryption must have been enough incentive for them to keep going; cross-platform compatibility was a major advantage in my opinion, but apparently it wasn't that big of a deal to them.

Now they say to use BitLocker... and that fact alone still makes me wonder, WTF? Great idea if you like the idea of using closed-source encryption from one of the largest software companies who also happens to have the U.S. government in their pockets. No, thanks... I'll just wait for the audit to be complete, and hope that a nice active group of developers is able to take TrueCrypt to the next level under a different name.

RIP, TrueCrypt.

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RE: Too bad...
by Morgan on Sat 31st May 2014 02:10 in reply to "Too bad..."
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

who also happens to have the U.S. government in their pockets


I would think that would be a good thing for their customers. Did you mean it the other way around?

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RE[2]: Too bad...
by UltraZelda64 on Sat 31st May 2014 02:18 in reply to "RE: Too bad..."
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

I was (at least partially) implying that the U.S. government is one of Microsoft's biggest customers. It also had sort of a double meaning, that whatever the government wants, Microsoft will probably kiss their ass and cooperate fully. I will not be surprised when it is found out that they have inserted a backdoor in their encryption system, for example, that very few people (*cough* NSA *cough*) know about.

Edited 2014-05-31 02:23 UTC

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