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TrueCrypt Lives On as New Team Relocates to Switzerland

2/06/2014 by


A group of developers has decided to continue supporting free encryption tool TrueCrypt which appeared to have suddenly closed its doors last week, leaving customers angry and confused.
A new website has been created at where Thomas Bruderer and Joseph Doekbrijder are co-ordinating efforts to make existing versions of the product available again and eventually to fork the code for future development.
Before this happens they will need to get “interested and capable” people on board on the technical and legal side, and then wait for the results of an on-going security audit of the code which could hold the key to why it was abandoned in the first place.
As the new ‘.ch’ domain suggests, the new TrueCrypt project has been moved to Switzerland, in order to “guarantee no interruption due to legal threats” which may come from the US authorities.
Recently launched encrypted email service ProtonMail also decided to base itself out of Swiss datacenters for similar reasons.
The new development team is also making a break with the past in revealing their names. TrueCrypt’s original authors famously stayed anonymous, adding to the mystery surrounding why they ditched the service last week.
The project claims to offer “all the downloads which are not available at at the moment” and a link to the TrueCrypt Source on GitHub.
“Currently it is very unclear what really happened. Was it really just the end of a 10-year effort, or was it driven by some government. While a simple defacement is more and more unlikely we still don’t know where this is going,” wrote Bruderer and Doekbrijder.
“However the last 36 hours showed clearly that TrueCrypt is a fragile product and must be based on more solid ground. We start now with offering to download the Truecrypt file as is, and we hope we can organize a solid base for the Future.”
TrueCrypt’s original development team shocked users of the product last week when they abruptly redirected visitors to its homepage to a sourceforge page claiming that it “may contain unfixed security issues”.

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