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    Default TrueCrypt project shut down by FBI?

    TrueCrypt is a very popular, opensource, disk encryption tool. Its very commonly used in industry and government (the parts of government that know what they are doing anyway) because most of the commercial options are known to be compromised by the US (-Crypto AG).

    However, last night TrueCrypt's website posted a very odd message saying the software is compromised and warning users to switch to BitLocker. BitLocker is a joke - and no one trusts it, so this is a very weird thing to post. TrueCrypt also uploaded a new software version, version 7.2, which is the first release in 2 years. The Register installed it in a safe environment and found out that the new version does nothing - all encryption is turned off. The new version has the same warning as the website - do not use.

    The TrueCrypt team are uncontactable. There is a lot of speculation in the tech media that the FBI knocked on their door, just like Lavabit, the project team chose to kill the project rather than install a backdoor for the FBI. Standard gag orders would prevent TrueCrypt from saying this directly.

    TrueCrypt considered HARMFUL

    It is notable that Snowden and the Guardian used TrueCrypt to evade the NSA.

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    Related to end of support for Windows XP?

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    Quote Originally Posted by clearmurk View Post
    Related to end of support for Windows XP?
    That explanation is bullsh!t - and a clear signal to knowledgeable users that something very odd is up.

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    Zoom to zoo>
    Go and vote!

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    Quote Originally Posted by clearmurk View Post
    Related to end of support for Windows XP?
    No truecrypt is cross platform, windows 7,8 Mac and linux

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    Quote Originally Posted by clearmurk View Post
    Related to end of support for Windows XP?
    No truecrypt is cross platform, windows 7,8 Mac and linux

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGMB View Post
    Zoom to zoo>
    Why? You know there is no shame in admitting you don't understand this topic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seabhcan View Post

    It is notable that Snowden and the Guardian used TrueCrypt to evade the NSA.

    That's all the answer you need.

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    This has been deliberately and blatantly disabled with no effort to hide it.
    Vast chunks of code deleted and replaced with AbortProcess ("INSECURE_APP").
    Whomever did this (I suspect the team) wanted to make a point that presumably they were not able to make directly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by captain obvious View Post
    This has been deliberately and blatantly disabled with no effort to hide it.
    Vast chunks of code deleted and replaced with AbortProcess ("INSECURE_APP").
    Whomever did this (I suspect the team) wanted to make a point that presumably they were not able to make directly.
    All very odd.

    Smacks of someone obeying the letter of a legal rit, while under a gag order.

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