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Math Behind the Shark

In a section of Cryptonomicon entitled “Cycles,” there are a few pages that go into detail explaining how the three wheels in the enigma machine give it a certain security level and how the adding of the fourth wheel in the system … Continue reading Continue reading

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Safe Enough?

When Horst Feistel developed the Lucifer system for encrypting information on computers, it had an infinite number of keys that could be used to encipher so it would actually be beyond the code breaking abilities of the National Security Agency (NSA). … Continue reading Continue reading

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Privacy: The True Meaning

In Chapter 4 of Little Brother, Doctorow gives a great definition and explanation of what privacy is and how it is sometimes construed in the modern age when he relates keeping information private and going to the bathroom. He explains that … Continue reading Continue reading

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Motivation Behind Cracking the Beale Ciphers

In my opinion, I think the main reason people are still trying to break the Beale Cipher is based on the 20 million dollars worth in gold that is supposedly buried. Money can make people do crazy things and people often … Continue reading Continue reading

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What’s So "Great" About the Great Cipher?

The Great Cipher was created by the Rossignols in the 17th century and remained unbroken for the next two centuries due to a number of security features that made it nearly unbreakable. When an expert French cryptographer Bazeries got his … Continue reading Continue reading

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Cryptanalysis Evolving Over Time

In Simon Singh’s book, The Code Book, it is expressed that “Cryptanalysis could not be invented until a civilization had reached a sufficiently sophisticated level of scholarship in several disciplines, including mathematics, statistics, and linguistics.” I think this is a … Continue reading Continue reading

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