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By Paul Roberts
January 17, 2011
The mystery surrounding noted security researcher and blogger Dancho
Danchev continued on Monday, after reports from Bulgaria suggested that
Danchev may be confined to a hospital in the country.
The unconfirmed report comes by way of Dnevnik.org, a Bulgarian online
publication, which cites two unnamed sources as confirming that Danchev
has been hospitalized since December 11, 2010. Danchev is now
"stabalized and will soon be discharged," Dnevnik reports. The report
did not say why Danchev had been hospitalized.
Threatpost reported on Friday that Danchev, a frequent blogger on
computer security for ZDNet.com's Zero Day blog, has been missing since
early September. Regular posts to his personal blog and Zero Day ceased.
During that time, he has been offline and unreachable by phone or
e-mail, though he appears to have been using Twitter through late
In recent days, disturbing e-mail messages have surfaced that suggested
Danchev might have run afoul of law enforcement or intelligence services
in Bulgaria, including an insurance e-mail Danchev mailed to friends
that claimed he was being set up by the police for his "pro Western"
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