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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RE: Too bad...
by Morgan on Sat 31st May 2014 02:10 UTC in reply to "Too bad..."
Morgan
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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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RE[3]: Too bad...
by Morgan on Sat 31st May 2014 02:46 in reply to "RE[2]: Too bad..."
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I don't disagree with you, I'm sure it's very tit-for-tat. These days, that kind of collusion is inescapable though. Would Apple's FileVault be any more secure than BitLocker? Was TrueCrypt even really secure? I'm beginning to wonder if the only truly secure data storage is in our heads; if we don't ever put pen to paper, voice to microphone, or fingers to keyboard, maybe it will stay secure then. Maybe...

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