The encryption tool TrueCrypt appears to be on the return, following months of rumours that the project had been corrupted by American police.
Matthew Green, a cryptologist and spokesman for the project, announced on his blog that the second part of a mooted audit was due to go ahead despite the original project team having disappeared in spring of last year.
"This threw our plans for a loop," Green wrote. "We had been planning a crowdsourced audit to be run by Thomas Ptacek [founder of Matasano Security] and some others.
"However in the wake of TC pulling the plug, there were questions. Was this a good use of folks’ time and resources? What about applying those resources to the new ‘TrueCrypt forks’ that have sprung up (or are being developed?)"