Throwing The E-Book At Him

A programmer is prosecuted for enabling users to break the security in reader software

Unlike most tourists in the mid-July Nevada heat, Dmitri Sklyarov did not come to Las Vegas for the casinos. He hates the noise, and besides, as a computer scientist he knows how low the odds are of winning. "I use my head and my hands to make money, not waiting for luck," Sklyarov explains in broken English. So there were really only two highlights of his visit: the part where he spoke at the Def Con computer-security conference, and the part at the end where he got handcuffed and led away by the FBI.

The reason for his arrest, say federal...

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