Judge Orders Defendant to Decrypt Laptop

By | January 29, 2012

Source: Wired


This is a good one to follow. I guess if she continues to refuse to decrypt the hard drive waterboarding will be next?!?

In this article “The defendant, accused of bank fraud, had unsuccessfully argued that being forced to do so violates the Fifth Amendment’s protection against compelled self-incrimination.

Full disk encryption is an option built into the latest flavors of Windows, Mac OS and Linux, and well-designed encryption protocols used with a long passphrase can take decades to break, even with massive computing power.

The government had argued that there was no Fifth Amendment breach, and that it might “require significant resources and may harm the subject computer” if the authorities tried to crack the encryption.”

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