Last week, the US Supreme Court made a significant decision to hear a case involving Adam Samia, a 48-year-old man who was convicted in 2018 for his involvement in the murder of Filipino real estate agent, Catherine Lee.
Samia was charged alongside former US Army sergeant Joseph Hunter and another North Carolina man, Carl David Stillwell, in relation to the crime. This case has garnered attention due to the high-profile nature of the defendants and the severity of the charges.”
And, because Paul Le Roux has testified against all of them.
How did Paul arrive in federal custody?
Paul is a genius.
He has been doing cryptography for 30 years.
You can download Paul’s PGP key, from 1998.
Paul’s first important software project was E4M; Encryption for the Masses.
In the forum post from 2004, Paul was accused of publishing code that he had used previously while employed at SecurStar.
TrueCrypt is based on (and might be considered a sequel to) a discontinued product called Encryption for the Masses (E4M) by Paul Le Roux.
However, “SecurStar GmbH is a German computer security company founded by Wilfried Hafner in 2001, from the fusion of ScramDisk Inc., Software Professionals Ltd., and Telstar Industries.” Interestingly, Wilfried Hafner, is not a nobody, Hafner was in jail in 1997. He was, a hacker, named “Luzifer”.
SecurStar’s Drivecrypt was sold to some pretty important businesses, as well as Governments too.
According to the Phrack post:
WHAT HE DID
Luzifer set up some overseas partylines in the Dominican Republic,
Indonesia, The Philippines, and Israel. Some lines included live chat,
but most were just sex recordings. Then he used a local company PBX (a
Siemens Hicom 200 model), from his homeline, which was only "protected"
by a one digit code, to dialout to his partylines and his girlfriend in
Chile. He also was blueboxing (which the prosecution calls "C5-hacking")
from five lines simultaneously, mostly via China. To trick the partyline
provider and overseas telcos (who are aware of computer-generated calls)
he wrote a little program that would randomize aspects of the calls
(different calling intervals and different durations for the calls).
What does this mean so far?
Paul writes powerful encryption software.
Paul has 3 decades of cryptography experience.
Paul uses Windows.
Paul likes MIT licenses.
Paul’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Vistomail.com the domain was parked until 2009.
When the BTC paper was actually published, only a PLESK server was running on Vistomail.com (most likely, with mail).