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[ISN] Cryptographer Len Sassaman, RIP
By Andrew Orlowski
6th July 2011
Obituary Len Sassaman, a cryptographer and security researcher of high
repute, has died aged 31. Sassaman maintained the Mixmaster remailer and
he contributed to various other privacy projects, including OpenPGP. He
also co-founded the annual CodeCon conference with Bram Cohen. He was
security researcher and doctoral student at the Katholieke Universiteit
Len was a friend and roommate in San Francisco, in the year following
the dot.com crash. The Register's West Coast Bureau at the time was
wherever I happened to be â Len provided a mascot.
It was a dire time for bright programmers. It got even worse after 9/11.
Bram had been turned down for a job at Google because he didn't have a
degree. Neither did Len. The pair persuaded Jamie Zawinski to open his
DNA Lounge club during the day over one weekend, and invited practical
demonstrations of working code from interesting people.
"Conferences cost a ridiculous amount of money, and hackers are treated
like dirt," said Bram. That was the first CodeCon, and it was Len's
energy and enthusiasm that pulled it together.
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