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Phil Zimmermann: Programmer as Celebrity

by Cameron Laird

Meet Phil Zimmermann, creator of the Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) encryption suite and one of the world's best-known cryptographers.

Programmers can be celebrities too. Just ask Philip (Phil) Zimmermann. He's spent most of the last decade as a folk hero, and admits to having enjoyed that status. Just this summer, he suffered the flip side of fame as wildly inflat

Whom to Prosecute?

Whom could the US Department of Justice indict, though? Zimmermann just programmed and talked; he was careful not to engage in any "munitions exports" himself.

Despite these precautions, criminal c

This article was originally published on Wednesday Oct 4th 2000
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