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Is it possible to configure self erase?

Topics: Users Discussion
Oct 3, 2016 at 6:08 AM
Hi,

Am new to Veracrypt. Is there a way to configure where if an incorrect password is entered too many times to then wipe/erase all disks? For example, after say 10 incorrect tries, then self destruct?

Thanks
Oct 3, 2016 at 4:15 PM
Hello,

No, VeraCrypt does not have wipe its disks due to password incorrect X times or if you enter a "wipe" password instead of the correct mount password.

One of the concerns with this request is due to an advisory that has confiscated your drives can remove from the VeraCrypt source code the ability to wipe the drives and advisory will only let you touch a clone of the disk drives instead of the originals.

Also, in some countries, the willful act of using the wrong password X times or a wipe password would be consider destruction of evidence punishable by the laws of that country.

There is a request to create a panic button.

https://veracrypt.codeplex.com/workitem/26

Regards.
Oct 5, 2016 at 5:03 AM
Thanks for your reply and for the info Enigma2Illusion, appreciate it. Also, regarding the laws, does what you said apply in the USA?

Hope this panic button gets added, it's a great idea

Thanks again and regards
Oct 5, 2016 at 7:25 PM
knottie wrote:
Thanks for your reply and for the info Enigma2Illusion, appreciate it. Also, regarding the laws, does what you said apply in the USA?
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Sorry, I cannot answer your question.