It looks as though the worldwide security community is refusing to let TrueCrypt pass into the annals of history, as a team developers led by Thomas Bruderer and Joseph Doekbrijder are the latest group to come to the rescue of the popular open source whole-disk encryption tool after the project was abruptly shuttered.
“Currently the news is still in flux, and we will support any efforts in reviving TrueCrypt. If other Initiatives arise we will try to support them. At the moment we want to make sure everyone who wants can continue to use TrueCrypt,” the group said on their website truecrypt.ch, which offers versions of TrueCrypt 7.1a for Windows, OS X and Linux.
The original developers behind TrueCrypt surprised many by unceremoniously shuttering the project’s website late last month, having provided no indications the project would be abandoned.
“Currently it is very unclear what really happened. Was it really just the end of a 10year 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,” the team’s website states.
“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.”
Users who have attempted to navigate to TrueCrypt’s website over the last week were being redirected to a SourceForge repository page which warned that TrueCrypt was insecure, and recommended migrating to other similar offerings, but Bruderer and Doekbrijder’s team says they see no evidence of a vulnerability as an audit of the code is underway.
“There are no signs that there is any known security problem within TrueCrypt 7.1a and the audit will go on uninterrupted. Even though the trust into the developer team has diminished drastically, we believe that there needs to be an Open Source, Cross-plattform full-disk encryption option,” the team said.
Earlier this week Reuters reported that a team of security experts led by Matthew Green, a cryptography professor Johns Hopkins University, were contemplating an effort to “restore and improve” upon the widely used encryption tool with $70,000 in donations provided by supporters.
Green said the group is looking at options to address legal issues associated with the licensing of the TrueCrypt code, which would be the first step in determining whether to make further commitments, but Bruderer and Doekbrijder’s team decided to host their TrueCrypt project overseas to avoid any legal entanglements.
“If there have been legal problems with the US, the independent hosting in Switzerland will guarantee no interruption due to legal threats,” the group said.
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