FBI hackers fail to crack TrueCrypt - 2010
01:29 25/08/2014



The FBI has admitted defeat in attempts to break the open source encryption used to secure hard drives seized by Brazilian police during a 2008 investigation.

The Bureau had been called in by the Brazilian authorities after the country's own National Institute of Criminology (INC) had been unable to crack the passphrases used to secure the drives by suspect banker, Daniel Dantas.

Brazilian reports state that two programs were used to encrypt the drives, one of which was the popular and widely-used free open source program Truecrypt. Experts in both countries apparently spent months trying to discover the passphrases using a dictionary attack, a technique that involves trying out large numbers of possible character combinations until the correct sequence is found.

2014 Update:

Truecrypt.org states that the project has been suddenly stopped due to 'lack of interest' without warning. The website claims the open source encryption tool had vulnerabilites and may not be 'secure'. Instead, users are encouraged to use Microsoft's built-in encryption method, Bitlocker, which is 100% known to have backdoors for the NSA and other government snoops. Once again, you cannot trust the government's story. When they tell you to look to the left, look to the right. You wil see what they do not want you to see. In this case, as is often the case, open source tools provide the best provacy and defence against oppressive government search and seizure. Your data should remain just that - your data - until you decide to provide access to someone. We offer only open source solutions here at Silentek.net, and use proven methods to guarantee your privacy.