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50 character encryption password used

Teenager jailed for refusing to reveal password

A teenager investigated as part of a child exploitation probe has been jailed for four months for refusing to divulge the encryption password for his hard drive.

According to The Independent, 19-year-old Oliver Drage had been arrested and his computer seized in the investigation, but the contents of the computer’s hard drive were protected by a 50-character password which the police have been unable to crack.

Under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act of 2000, failure to reveal encryption passwords at the request of law enforcement officials in an investigation is an offense.

Preston Crown Court subsequently sentenced Drage to 16 weeks in a youth offenders’ institute.

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