Truecrypt move to Switzerland, attempting a fork

After the anonymous creators of Truecrypt rocked the security world last week with their shuttering of the project and recommendation of Bitlocker, people were scrambling trying to figure out the meaning and whether the tool could still be trusted. While the general consensus is that the shutdown was not malicious, there's still questions on whether it was forced down or whether the creators simply became tired of supporting it. However, there's no question that the tool is still widely respected and many people want development to continue.

Enter Truecrypt.ch, a new site dedicated to organizing a grassroots effort to bring the encryption tool back to life. The site, organized by Thomas Bruderer and Joseph Doekbrijder, is based in Switzerland to help avoid potential future legal threats, and demands that developers not hide in the shadows anymore. They list their three top priorities, including waiting for the crypto security analysis to be finalized, and clearly are trying to set things up before jumping into the deep end. Specifically their priorities are:

  • First priority: Making the product available again.
  • Second priority: finding interested and capable persons volunteering to help. Identify and solve legal issues. Identify Security Threats.
  • Additionally: we will wait for the result of the Open Crypto Audit
  • Third priority: Fork the project and solve security threats. Found a support association for continued development.

In addition to trying to revive Truecrypt, they also offer the 7.1a version for download, as well as all of the older versions. It remains to be seen whether this organization will complete its mission, but there's definitely a need for a tool like Truecrypt.

Source: Truecrypt.ch | Image Courtesy of WorldTech360

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They likely got NSL'd and the team simply chose to shut down rather than comply.

Basically, the same situation that happened with Lavabit.

Yes, either that, or someone with the power being disgruntled enough about a lack of security holes in the tool that it was considered too much of a threat as it gained popularity, and decided to take it over and spread FUD.

Let's hope the new developers actually know what they are doing of and don't introduce new security holes.

wth are you talking about? i trust them just fine. its not a big deal, crypto people are like teenage girls, highly emotional. besides; 7.1a is still fine and secure.

jorel009 said,
wth are you talking about? i trust them just fine. its not a big deal, crypto people are like teenage girls, highly emotional. besides; 7.1a is still fine and secure.

[citation needed]

Seriously, the audit is still ongoing, anyone claiming that truecrypt is or isn't secure is just talking out their rear.

Its probably a bit late now. Truecrypt's reputation has been tarnished beyond repair with this whole ordeal. I doubt anyone will trust them again.

LightEco said,
Its probably a bit late now. Truecrypt's reputation has been tarnished beyond repair with this whole ordeal. I doubt anyone will trust them again.

I don't know, as long as the audit is completed successfully then the fork could be successful.

I can think of a few. So the anonymous creators behind Truecrypt doesn't bother you.

No REAL company would trust their encryption to Truecrypt, and when business doesn't trust something, that should be a good indicator of the trust level.

But of course, it's FREE, so it's ok...