TrueCrypt, leading encryption software touted and used by no less than Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald, now appears to be dead, according to its recently updated website, but no one seems to know why—or if the program's ominous warning is legitimate.
“WARNING,” the site reads in large red letters. “Using TrueCrypt is not secure as it may contain unfixed security issues.”
A 10-year-old application, TrueCrypt has long been used for encrypting hard drives and USB sticks on Windows, Linux, and Macs.
The open source program was developed by the pseudonymous TrueCrypt team, who have made no public comment since the program’s site changed drastically, leaving many to wonder if the website was hacked or if the warning is legitimate.
However, the newest version of TrueCrypt 7.2 has the same ominous warning message now showing to users, suggesting that this isn’t simply a website-related issue.