In 2008, Brazilian police seized five hard drives belonging to a banker suspected of financial crimes. But two years later, authorities have yet to access his files — even after recruiting the FBI for help.
The best part? The banker used free encryption software he found on the web.
Brazilian authorities tried for five months to access the banker’s encrypted files before turning his hard drives over to the FBI in 2009. And when those code-crackers failed, private specialists in the US gave it a try — they are still trying to break the encryption today.
Each hard drive was coded using Truecrypt — a free, open-source encryption program that is available for all operating systems. When combined with strong passwords, its encryption techniques have proven to be tough to crack.
Businesses spend a lot of time (and a lot of money) trying to keep their data secure. But, as this Brazilian banker demonstrated, secure passwords and basic encryption techniques can stop hackers dead in their tracks.