Crooks 'too lazy' for crypto

Crooks 'too lazy' for crypto
Crooks 'too lazy' for crypto 

By Chris Williams
The Register
3rd December 2009 

The widespread use of encryption by criminals - long feared by 
intelligence and law enforcement agencies - has yet to materialise, 
according to the man in charge of the country's largest digital 
forensics unit.

Mark Stokes, head of the Metropolitan Police's Digital and Electronic 
Forensic Services (DEFS), told The Register that "literally a handful" 
of the tens of thousands of devices it handles each year from across the 
whole of London involve encrypted data.

"We're still to this day not seeing widespread use of encryption," he 

Despite the availability of scrambling products such as PGP, TrueCrypt 
and Microsoft's BitLocker, criminals are not making life difficult for 
forensic investigators to access their files.

"You'd think paedophiles would use it, but they don't. It's just human 
nature to think they'll never get caught," said Stokes, an electronics


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