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I was about to suggest this - mosquito larvae hang from the underside of the water surface and breathe through their backsides, which they poke through the surface of the water - this is why they can survive in stagnant water.
Oil on the surface clogs up their breathing gear and they suffocate.
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Anybody else seen the announcement that TrueCrypt is no longer under development? Heading to truecrypt.org now redirects to this page[^] with some ominous warnings about unfixed security issues and a recommendation to switch to Bit Locker.
Net prattle is that this might be as result of a hack so people are waiting to see what develops. The developer(s) of TrueCrypt have always been very secretive which is why there is currently such confusion.
In our programming office we encrypt the drives with source code using TrueCrypt so a stolen computer/laptop will not (should not ) allow someone else access to our code.
I've read people saying it's the same thing that happened to Lavabit[^]; they received a National Security Letter forcing them to give up their encryption keys to the government. I don't know what's true, we'll probably unlikely to find out either way. I don't see how a hack would force them to shut down indefinitely, so I'm inclined to go down the NSL route instead.
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Damnit man, when Microsoft says it ain't supported, that means any application that runs on it has security flaws! I say stop using the silly Microsoft DLLs and use raw ASM. It worked for Roller Coaster Tycoon 1 (altho they did have to set up video interface via DirectX).
The fact that they've never supported w8 tends to give credence to having lost interest in the project and the announcement being their way of shutting down by nuking their bridges...
The results[^] from the first part of the crowd funded code audit[^] started last summer suggest that the code base is in fairly lousy shape:
Update the Windows build environment. The current required Windows build environment depends on outdated build tools and software packages that are hard to get from trustworthy sources. For example, following the reproducible build instructions at https://madiba.encs.concordia.ca/~x_decarn/truecrypt-binaries-analysis/ requires access to VC++ 1.52 (released in 1993), in addition to various Windows ports of GNU tools downloadable from wherever they can be found. Using antiquated and unsupported build tools introduces multiple risks including: unsigned tools that could be maliciously modified, unknown or un-patched security vulnerabilities in the tools themselves, and weaker or missing implementations of modern protection mechanisms such as DEP and ASLR.
Improve code quality. Due to lax quality standards, TrueCrypt source is difficult to review and maintain. This will make future bugs harder to find and correct. It also makes the learning curve steeper for those who wish to join the TrueCrypt project.
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