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TrueCrypt Getting a New Life

TrueCrypt will stay alive, thanks to devotees who are forking the encryption program’s code. ‘Cleaned up’ code will get a new name, CipherShed, and a different open source license. When the developers of TrueCrypt delivered the bombshell that they were abandoning their popular open source encryption program, it left many organizations in a hugely difficult position. Should they continue to use it, or heed the developers’ advice that it was no longer secure and switch to another encryption product? On the face of it, the decision should be an easy one: If the developers of something as security sensitive as an encryption program say that their program is no longer secure, surely it would be rash not to heed the warning. But with TrueCrypt, nothing is quite …

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TrueCrypt Is Back, But Should It Be?

Last week I wrote about the suspicious and abrupt announcement that TrueCrypt, a popular free open source encryption solution, was being abandoned and is considered “harmful and no longer secure”. In the article I covered the potential motives for this including the technical challenges with producing full disk encryption on modern hardware and operating systems. Whilst at this time there is little to add in terms of the potential motives for this sudden announcement a variety of interesting things have happened to the project since – including announcements that mean TrueCrypt may not be as dead as we thought. When the page at truecrypt.sourceforge.net was changed to a warning (and a set of migration instructions for Microsoft Bitlocker) the source code and old versions …

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TrueCrypt Is Back, But Should It Be?

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