MeFi: The Mastermind

“My immediate reaction upon discovering this connection was a sudden and irrational fear: Le Roux was something new, a self-made cartel boss whose origins were not in family connections but in code. Not just any code, but encryption software that would play a role in world events a dozen years after he created it.

I stared at the address on the screen, a post-office box in Manila, left now with a still larger mystery: What had turned the earnest, brilliant programmer into an international criminal, with a trail of bodies in his wake?

Le Roux is now thought to have been a major contributor to TrueCrypt a mysterious and effective encryption tool. TrueCrypt shut down with a warning of an unknown security issue around the time Le Roux was picked up by the US government. (via Hacker News.)

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