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Turning Wheels

Cryptonomicon creates a fictional setting in which Neal Stephenson recreates the chaos of World War II cryptography. A passage of particular interest involved the relation of Turning’s bicycle wheel to the cipher machine. Waterhouse eyes the bent spoke and weak … Continue reading Continue reading

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The NSA Standard: Invasion or Protection?

Computers, by their simple invention, launched the complexity of cryptography to levels of security that before had seemed unattainable. Ciphers could not only be computed quicker, with more efficiency, and with less chance of human error, but also the amount of cryptanalysis required … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Power of Publicity

  In Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, the author examines the boundaries of invasion of privacy in today’s society. As the main character, Marcus, and his friends fight against the  U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s intense surveillance of all citizens following an astronomical terrorist … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Power of Publicity

  In Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, the author examines the boundaries of invasion of privacy in today’s society. As the main character, Marcus, and his friends fight against the  U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s intense surveillance of all citizens following an astronomical terrorist … Continue reading Continue reading

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Beale Cipher Continues to Confound Cryptographers

The Beale Cipher has, for many years, stumped the best and brightest cryptographers in their quest to not only decipher the text, but also discover the treasure behind it. Despite years of unsuccessful attempts to decipher the complex cryptography, many … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Great Cipher Eludes Great Minds

The Great Cipher was elusive to even the greatest scholars for more than two centuries, creating a whole span of encrypted letters containing enigmatic answers to some of the biggest speculations in history. When the breakthrough in the pattern of the … Continue reading Continue reading

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Cryptanalysis and Critical Thinking

Certainly, the level of scholarship experienced today is far more advanced than that of the past. Each day, each hour, each second advances are made that further expand the breadth of human knowledge; however, this knowledge stands on multiple foundations … Continue reading Continue reading

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