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[liberationtech] In his own words: Confessions of a cyber warrior

Maxim Kammerer mk at
Wed Jul 10 17:58:22 PDT 2013

On Thu, Jul 11, 2013 at 3:22 AM, Shava Nerad <shava23 at> wrote:
> So perhaps the journalist is giving you as the reader a little credit for
> reading between the lines, intelligently (that being the root of the word:
> inter for between, and legens for reading), to figure out what exactly you
> can draw as credible or not, but the point may be -- omg, this is what we're
> grabbing for our cream of the crop?"

The problem is that when you try to read between the lines, the whole
story looks like it was sucked out of author's index finger, after
reading the Wikipedia article on NSA and viewing a few YouTube videos
about hacker communities. He would learn about backdoors in encryption
equipment by ordering their manuals? Where from, exactly, would he
order such classified material? How would he search for backdoors if
all radios since 70's are modularized, and manuals for sensitive
equipment certainly wouldn't contain schematics for the modules
inside? Does the writer have any idea how rare it is for someone to be
really good at both hardware and software hacking? Or how unlikely it
is for a high-school dropout to be able to break even the simplest
frequency hopping encryption? Etc.

Maxim Kammerer
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