Short story?

Tyler Durden camera_lumina at
Sat Nov 23 20:20:10 PST 2002

No, I haven't read that story, but I was wondering if, in the dual-message 
cryptogram we've been discussing (under "eJazeera") if, instead of two 
messages, there are two executable files.The "true" one will spit out the 
desired message (which may in inself be an executable, of course), and the 
fake one belches up a trojan, or whatever (or a virus plus a viable fake 

I assume this kind of thing has been discussed previously?

>From: Adam Shostack <adam at>
>To: cypherpunks at
>Subject: Short story?
>Date: Sat, 23 Nov 2002 15:22:41 -0500
>I'm trying to remember details (author, title) of a short story that I
>read once.  Its main feature, or the one that's standing out in my
>mind, is the obsessive hacker who studies a target to figure out his
>password, at which he only has one guess.  The zinger is that the very
>security concious target has selected that password as a booby trap,
>and there's a second password which our hacker doesn't have.
>Does this ring a bell for anyone?
>"It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once."
>					               -Hume

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