The Gostcrypt project has been launched at the end of 2013 as fork of the (late) Truecrypt project. Snowden’s leaks have made clear more than ever that the massive use of encryption by citizens must become a reality. This is possible only if there is a vast, rich offer of trusted, open source products like Truecrypt, with the strong support of the hacker community. However, at that time we did not foresee the unprecedented upheaval of terrible shock with the recent Truecrypt disappearance. More than ever we all need more and more projects to replace it. Gostcrypt is one among (we hope) many others. The variety and richness of encryption solutions is THE solution.
But with Gostcrypt, we intend to go farther than ever. Since the late 70s, most of the algorithms used (not to say all) are UKUSA encryption systems that have been chosen, promoted and standardized under the control of the USA and its minions. It is more than likely that among the different levels of control, mathematical trapdoors are part of the game. We thus decided to used strong encryption systems (as far as we know and despite a few recent “manipulation papers” that have nothing to do with science and which are mistaken operational security with fantasy and which have been rejected recently again as non valid [Babenko & Maro, 2014]) which moreover were not invasive as UKUSA ciphers are (mostly AES) by now. The Gost cipher and hash functions are not everywhere, have not invaded our systems and have been designed by the former USSR for its own need. Aside the fact that it is indeed a very strong cipher (when correctly implemented and a suitable key management), this feature of non-aggressive technological expansion is a key point. GOST algorithms have never sought to spread and to impose on anyone. It has even been rejected from the ISO standardization process in 2012 as a consequence of fallacious, non-reproducible allegations of weakness.
Whatever may be the quality and features of a security project, it can be valid in the long run with trust only. Trust is only possible with open source code and above all with the active support of the hacking community, which will analyze the security, report bugs, make comments and contribute to the project. So welcome on board to everybody.