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The Crypto Underground Meets RSA

updated 9:05 a.m. 18.Jan.99.PST

The Crypto Underground Meets RSA by James Glave

3:00 a.m. 18.Jan.99.PST SAN JOSE, California -- Doug Hoover was getting seriously flamed. The cypherpunks had identified a flaw in his company's marketing materials, and they were letting him know.

"I'll give you credit, you are the first snake-oil salesman to step in front of this audience," a cypherpunk, who goes by the name Lucky Green, told him. "I don't understand how you can stand up here and say you are providing software security comparable to a hardware token."

On Monday, the seminar room will be filled with Fortune 500 IT managers, along with a smattering of National Security Agency (NSA) eavesdroppers, attending the opening day of the RSA Data Security Conference.