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Can you provide an example of a name trusted among cryptographers, a specific library, and a bad outcome? I agree with Patrick Walton: Brian Smith is an extremely credible engineer in this particular domain.

I would venture, tentatively, the hypothesis that the exact opposite thing is true, and that trusting well-established subject matter experts has been a pretty good strategy in cryptographic security. There's a reason everyone uses Sodium/Nacl.

I think the subject is somewhat ambiguous because for many users, they are more likely to recognize library author names than cryptographers. And imagine those authors are cryptographers in their own right.

Not a single one.

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