Monday, February 6, 2012

Woman ordered to decrypt drive has forgotten password

In a recent post, I discussed United States v. Fricosu, the case of a Colorado woman who was court-ordered to provide an unencrypted copy of her hard drive. Law enforcement had been unable to decrypt the drive, and Fricosu refused to turn over the password.

Well, as reported by Threat Level, Fricosu has forgotten the password. "It's very possible to forget passwords," said her attorney. All along, Fricosu has claimed that she was not the one who encrypted the drive, but the court found that not to be true.

Fricosu has until February 21 to turn over the files, so we do not yet know how the court will respond. Meanwhile, she is preparing an appeal to the Tenth Circuit.


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