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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Comment by Luminair
by Luminair on Sun 1st Jun 2014 02:53 UTC
Luminair
Member since:
2007-03-30

Occam's Razor applies. The conspiracy theorists are probably crazy.

Open source project leaders quit all the time, often in very eccentric ways because they themselves are eccentric. I see nothing out of the ordinary here.

Maybe the guy had a mental break down. Maybe he got a girlfriend. Maybe he got a new job he likes more than TrueCrypt. All more reasonable scenarios than secret government conspiracy.

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RE: Comment by Luminair
by CapEnt on Sun 1st Jun 2014 20:19 in reply to "Comment by Luminair"
CapEnt Member since:
2005-12-18

OSS benevolent dictators of popular projects quits all the time, but usually they do it orderly.

They do not simple run away without explanation of any kind, leaving behind a half-assed page that explains nothing at all.

And more, usually popular projects are flooding with people that is more than willing to take over, usually long time collaborators.

So, not only the project leader disappeared, but also choose to scrap the whole project in this case.

Something is wrong here.

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RE[2]: Comment by Luminair
by Luminair on Mon 2nd Jun 2014 10:53 in reply to "RE: Comment by Luminair"
Luminair Member since:
2007-03-30

Randomness is not uniform. Something would be wrong if you didn't notice volunteers occasionally quitting without explanation. Oswald shot JFK, and the Bermuda Triangle is just ocean.

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RE: Comment by Luminair
by v_bobok on Mon 2nd Jun 2014 11:39 in reply to "Comment by Luminair"
v_bobok Member since:
2008-08-01

The conspiracy theorists are probably crazy.


Yeah, right. Just like in other cases like... dunno... NSA, remote control and who knows what else.

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