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Re: [Cryptography] What happened to the E4M/TrueCrypt author



On Wed, 25 Nov 2020, Peter Gutmann wrote:

In the late 1990s there was a Windows disk encryption program called
Encryption for the Masses or E4M, which later became TrueCrypt.  The author of
E4M, Paul LeRoux, later moved on to other endeavours:

 Along the way he had, among other endeavors, simultaneously fed the American
 opioid epidemic; built his own base operations in Somalia, protected by an
 armed militia; run gold and timber extraction operations in a half-dozen
 African countries; laundered millions of dollars through Hong Kong; plotted
 a coup in the Seychelles (later abandoned); bought off law enforcement in
 the Philippines, where he was based; trafficked methamphetamine out of North
 Korea; and overseen a team of engineers building missile guidance systems
 for Iran and drones for drug delivery.

 (From https://www.wired.com/story/was-bitcoin-created-by-this-international-drug-dealer-maybe)

Ignoring the Bitcoin angle, it's hard to imagine it's the same person:

https://www.amazon.com/Mastermind-hunt-Worlds-prolific-criminal-ebook/dp/B07JVBNCS7

A very long series of articles that this book is an extension of is
available at: https://magazine.atavist.com/the-mastermind

Paul
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