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Man jailed over computer password refusal

pierre_pierre
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Man jailed over computer password refusal

watch out all you file sharers
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-11479831
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A teenager has been jailed for 16 weeks after he refused to give police the password to his computer.
Oliver Drage, 19, of Liverpool, was arrested in May 2009 by police tackling child sexual exploitation.
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Re: Man jailed over computer password refusal

Sorry what's this go to do with file sharing?
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Re: Man jailed over computer password refusal

Tsch Adie - dont you see?
He used a COMPUTER!!!ONE!!111!ZOMG!ELEVEN!!1
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Denzil
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Re: Man jailed over computer password refusal

Surely it can't be beyond the police to get round the password?
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Re: Man jailed over computer password refusal

yep it can, if strong enough encryption is used.
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Re: Man jailed over computer password refusal

There are plenty of encryption methods that nobody at this time can break, and I'm certain if i was doing something that I knew could get me into deep trouble then I would be encrypting with one of them.  A quick search on Google shows many solutions and from what Ive read TrueCrypt can also be setup to be undetectable also (i.e. it can be used in such a way that somebody seizing your computer wouldn't even know you had encrypted data, let alone ask you what the password was).
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Re: Man jailed over computer password refusal

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Police seized his computer but could not access material on it as it had a 50-character encryption password.

The Police may be able to crack the password say in 500 years with a supercomputer.
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Re: Man jailed over computer password refusal

Yes..... unfortunately,  "Bletchley Park" is no longer functional, and is a museum......
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Re: Man jailed over computer password refusal

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... and from what Ive read TrueCrypt can also be setup to be undetectable also

The beauty of Truecrypt is that it allows you to have two encrypted targets.  Depending on the password entered, it can decrypt one of two separate "drives".  So, if you're ever forced to reveal your password, you can give them the password which decrypts the "innocent" drive, and the "incriminating" drive stays hidden.
Plausible deniability.
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VileReynard
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Re: Man jailed over computer password refusal

There's always the Hollywood style scenario where you use
Password-1 to access all your files
Password-2 erases all your files. Grin

Steve
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Re: Man jailed over computer password refusal

Once I read the Link I understood why This has happened, I reckon they should of said " Sorry pal but your getting banged up till you give us that password and you will have all the time In the world Inside to remember It "
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Re: Man jailed over computer password refusal

The problem with truecrypt however is that it requires that the 'public' drive is not written to otherwise it screws up the protected one. Truecrypt is a great bit of kit but even it has problems.
A few years back they discovered that TC had a potential vulnerability and recommended everyone upgraded. Frankly I've always held the opinion that while a theoretical hack-around is possible there are few places or organisations that would have the resources to exploit it. I very much doubt the police would ever have those resources either.
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Re: Man jailed over computer password refusal

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" Sorry pal but your getting banged up till you give us that password and you will have all the time In the world Inside to remember It "

What if he has a bad memory?  Grin Grin Grin
But seriously, whatever happened to habeas corpus?

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Re: Man jailed over computer password refusal

@Jeremy That would make It even better If he had a bad memory, One other question, See these people that do these nasty terrible thing's? Well the ones that get put on a sex offender register, Are they banned from using PC'S? If not they seriously need to start considering It.
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Re: Man jailed over computer password refusal

A ban would be good - but how could you enforce it?