Belgian programmer, cryptographer, influential advocate of online privacy, PhD candidate at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, Sassaman struggled with depression and has stepped out of life.
Although his name among the general public does not ring a bell, Sassaman was a very respected person in the small, but international world of online privacy and security experts. He worked for Network Associates on the PGP encryption software, was a member of the Shmoo Group, a contributor to the OpenPGP IETF working group, the GNU Privacy Guard project, and frequently appeared at technology conferences like DEF CON. He gave lectures, linked his name with such international conferences as CodeCon (which he co-founded), CCS or SmooCon and was active as a researcher at the Computer Security and Industrial Cryptography Group of the KU Leuven.
Sassaman was the project manager for Mixmaster , a “remailer” that can sen e-mail anonymously or under a pseudonym. He also worked on various open source encryption projects, gave his name to the Zimmermann–Sassaman key-signing protocol, and at the age of 21, was an organizer of the protests following the arrest of Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov.