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Windows 7: BitLocker, PGP, TrueCrypt cracked real-time

29 Dec 2012   #1

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
BitLocker, PGP, TrueCrypt cracked real-time

A Russian security firm has announced that their forensic disk decryptor software package can now access any information on disks that have been encrypted with industry standard programs. The program cost $299 and will work against BitLocker, PGP, and TrueCrypt; but even worse it can do it in real-time.
Full article here

Be afraid, be very afraid.

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29 Dec 2012   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

Hibernation file is always a worry. Turn of hibernation.

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29 Dec 2012   #3

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

If you want to secure everything.... you don't use the hibernation file.
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29 Dec 2012   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

Exactly. I always turn hibernation off.
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29 Dec 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1

Thanks for the good read. I use TrueCrypt myself, but have hibernation turned off, but I also never leave my computer on when I am not at it.
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31 Dec 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64

One thing to note:
Acquires protection keys from RAM dumps
I would assume this means it would be able to access information from RAM, meaning that even if you have hibernation off, but say put the computer to "Sleep", RAM would still have power therefore any content is still stored on the RAM.

  • Turn off hibernation
  • Don't use sleep, instead do a full shutdown
  • Lock HDD/SSD inside BIOS/EFI to prevent the system drive being swapped to another computer
  • In Bios/EFI only have boot to hdd enabled, disabling things such as Network Boot (PXE/Network Image), USB Boot, and CD/DVD boot.
  • Password lock your BIOS or RAID card(if you have one)
  • Lastly use a password on your Windows account for login.

If you do this then you are pretty much safe in my opinion.
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