Re: SCI.CRYPT is turning into CRAP
Date: 27 Oct 2005 03:16:00 -0700
> firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> > It's right up there with the dude that spammed ~4000 usenet groups
> > posing as "Tom St Denis, email@example.com". I've received hundreds
> > of emails, a dozen phone calls and a few pieces of fan letter mail
> > because some dude in sci.crypt [I think it's safe to say it started
> > here and around the CryptoSMS time ... speaking of which where did they
> > go? ... ] didn't agree with my criticism.
> This little back&forth is remembered by all regular readers of sci.crypt,
> but it is interesting that you bring it up again. If memory serves, you
> made this accusation previously and were called on it for lack of postable
> evidence. Tomfoolery, are you trying to resurrect this old flame war?
Not really. I was trying to point out that trolls come and go. That's
because they're children and don't have the conviction of mind to
actually say things they mean.
As for CryptoSMS, it was an ill-conceived closed source symmetric
crypto program. The "designer" had conflicting goals [e.g. hide
presence of crypto by not using PK but the presence of the program
itself is ok...] and then proceeded to use some multi-pass ciphering
and claim that solves all his problems [despite the fact I showed cases
where composite ciphers are actually not stronger].
If you think CryptoSMS [and his various personalities] was the "first"
troll to do this to the group you clearly need to do some research.
"Dabiker" and Mrsjunecarey certainly were more annoying. And again,
where are they now?