Peter Gutmann (computer scientist)

Peter Claus Gutmann is a computer scientist in the Department of Computer Science at the , , . He has a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Auckland. His Ph.D. thesis and a book based on the thesis were about a cryptographic security architecture. He is interested in issues, including , security (or more usually the lack thereof), and ; he has discovered several flaws in publicly released and . He is the developer of the open source software security library and contributed to version 2. In 1994 he developed the (SFS). He is also known for his analysis of data deletion on electronic memory media, and otherwise, and devised the for erasing data from a more or less securely. Having lived in New Zealand for some time, he has written on such subjects as , which are peculiar <!– ie, found nowhere else –>to New Zealand, and the , during which the electrical power system failed completely in the central city for five weeks. See his Auckland: Your Y2K beta test site on Gutmann’s Homepage. He has also written on his career as an “arms courier” for New Zealand, detailing the difficulties faced in complying with customs control regulations with respect to cryptographic products, which were once classed as “munitions” by various jurisdictions including the United States.


Criticism of Windows Vista

His “Cost Analysis of Content Protection“, in which he described the content protection specification as “”, generated considerable public interest since it was first posted in 2006. He discussed this with in episode #74 of the podcast on 2007-01-11.

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