Introducing VampWare

Silicon reports that former director of the Foundation for Information Policy Research, Caspar Bowden, believes the introduction of legislation to crack down on criminals using encryption to hide their tracks could also leave users open to new forms of electronic attacks.

Bowden cites the example that " criminals could create malware that was able to change the encryption key or password on an innocent user's machine. This virus would then delete itself and the criminals could threaten to tip of the police about the encrypted data, claiming it was information about criminal activity.

Without the key - which the virus deleted or changed - innocent users could find they have to defend themselves against this sort of blackmail."