TrueCrypt Abruptly Shuts Down, Leaves Users With Mysterious Update

TrueCrypt Abruptly Shuts Down, Leaves Users With Mysterious Update(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Popular encryption tool TrueCrypt has shut down and advised users to switch to a more secure platform such as BitLocker.

On Wednesday the developers posted, “WARNING: Using TrueCrypt is not secure as it may contain unfixed security issues. The development of TrueCrypt was ending in 5/2014 after Microsoft terminated support of Windows XP. Windows 8/7/Vista and later offer integrated support for encrypted disks and virtual disk images. Such integrated support is also available on other platforms. You should migrate any data encrypted by TrueCrypt to encrypted disks or virtual disk images supported on your platform.”

Many are left wondering why the site shut down so abruptly. Some suggest it could be because the government is demanding data information, while others think the developers may have gotten bored with the software after 10 years.

An audit into the company’s source code has many speculating the developers could have simply given up instead of opting to fix a security bug in the software.

According to a report from ArsTechnica, $70,000 was raised by security researcher Matthew Green in December 2013 to check for security issues and backdoors in the software’s coding.

Phase I of the audit revealed minor vulnerabilities and “sloppy coding practices,” while phase II is set to look more closely for backdoors and into the way encryption is carried out in TrueCrypt’s software.