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

coderman coderman at
Wed Jul 10 18:26:36 PDT 2013

On Wed, Jul 10, 2013 at 5:58 PM, Maxim Kammerer <mk at> wrote:
> ... He would learn about backdoors in encryption
> equipment by ordering their manuals? Where from, exactly, would he
> order such classified material?

i'm not defending this individual specifically, but this is not at all
unreasonable. consider P25 systems frequently used with null keys [0]
- you may not be "breaking" the encryption, but knowledge of how
communications may be encrypted by default is just as effective.

> ... Does the writer have any idea how rare it is for someone to be
> really good at both hardware and software hacking?

this is not unusual to me. it is like saying "do you know how rare it
is for someone to be really good at both lock picking and software
exploitation?" ... not rare. (or perhaps our definitions vary -
talented hackers are "rare" relative to human population ;)

> Or how unlikely it
> is for a high-school dropout to be able to break even the simplest
> frequency hopping encryption?

we could craft a list. it would not be short.
  again: not defending this particular individual but the assertions
above are not legitimate.

best regards,


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