Dmitry Sklyarov

IRL Name: 
Dmitry Vitalevich Sklyarov

Dmitry Vitalevich Sklyarov is a Russian computer programmer and crypto expert who created "The Advanced eBook Processor" (AEBR) software - a program that cracks the encryption protection on Adobe's eBook format, converting it to Adobe PDF format. He created the program for his employer : ElcomSoft. On July 16, 2001, due to a complaint from Adobe Systems, a US company, that copy protection arrangements in its e-book file format were being violated by ElcomSoft's product, Sklyarov was arrested after giving a presentation called "eBook's Security - Theory and Practice" at the DEF CON convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sklyarov and his employer, ElcomSoft Co. Ltd. of Moscow, were charged with releasing a program that let readers disable restrictions on Adobe's electronic-book software.


The charges against Sklyarov were later dropped in exchange for his testimony.

On December 18, 2002 following a two-week trial in San Jose, California, a jury found that ElcomSoft had not willfully violated the U.S. law.

He is also known for his work showing the vulnerabilities in Canon Authenticity Verification, which was used to determine the authenticity of photos by encrypting their Exif data.