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Encryption Keys Disclosure


"Two people have been successfully prosecuted for refusing to provide authorities with their encryption keys, resulting in landmark convictions that may have carried jail sentences of up to five years."

Forgetting your passwords is now officially illegal!


There is an encryption programm called Truecrypt that is free and will allow you to encrypt files in a cascade of basically unbreakable 255 bit encryptions.

The interesting part is that you have the option to include a second folder in your encrypted folder that will only come up if you type in a second password.

There is no way to tell if there is a second password or not because there is no way to tell whether there is a file within the file.

So, basically, they can blow me.



Encryption tools with built-in plausible deniability such as Truecrypt have been around for some time already, and "they" know about it.

However, the premise that made it attractive was the whole innocent-until-proven-guilty bit. Which doesn't seem to be of much concern to a populace scared of terrorists, child pornographers and its own shadow.

Also, Truecrypt can only beat a superficial scan. As soon as they get into patterns and headers, the nature of the encryption data should become apparent.