Crypto: How the Code Rebels Beat the Government Saving Privacy in the Digital Age

Steven Levy

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Crypto: How the Code Rebels Beat the Government Saving Privacy in the Digital Age

Crypto How the Code Rebels Beat the Government Saving Privacy in the Digital Age If you ve ever made a secure purchase with your credit card over the Internet then you have seen cryptography or crypto in action From Stephen Levy the author who made hackers a household word com

  • Title: Crypto: How the Code Rebels Beat the Government Saving Privacy in the Digital Age
  • Author: Steven Levy
  • ISBN: 9780140244328
  • Page: 221
  • Format: Paperback
  • If you ve ever made a secure purchase with your credit card over the Internet, then you have seen cryptography, or crypto , in action From Stephen Levy the author who made hackers a household word comes this account of a revolution that is already affecting every citizen in the twenty first century Crypto tells the inside story of how a group of crypto rebels nerdsIf you ve ever made a secure purchase with your credit card over the Internet, then you have seen cryptography, or crypto , in action From Stephen Levy the author who made hackers a household word comes this account of a revolution that is already affecting every citizen in the twenty first century Crypto tells the inside story of how a group of crypto rebels nerds and visionaries turned freedom fighters teamed up with corporate interests to beat Big Brother and ensure our privacy on the Internet Levy s history of one of the most controversial and important topics of the digital age reads like the best futuristic fiction.

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    1. Kendra on said:

      Steven Levy can write compellingly about deeply technical subjects. He makes the history of cryptography come alive in this book. But god, I hate the way he writes about women.To be fair, Crypto is better than Hackers in that there is more than one mention of a woman in the entire book. But women in his writing are still "diminutive" (a word likely never before or since used to described Cindy Cohn) (301), "diminutive" and "benign as Betty Crocker," (describing Dorothy Denning, 249). They are ne [...]

    2. Eric_W on said:

      This book is about the battle for privacy: a battle that pitted nobodies against the world's most powerful people and governments. The nobodies won. Governments have always had a substantial stake in restricting access to information, often for very good reasons, but individuals need to protect their personal information also. The computer provided the means for incredibly powerful cryptographic tools, and those in power wanted to keep those tools to themselves. Whitfield Diffie was a contrarian [...]

    3. JC on said:

      This was a pretty interesting read about cryptography and its history. It's an in depth look at the creators of the widely used schemes on the internet. I've had a brief overview of public key cryptography in a couple of my CS classes, so I had a good background to understand how the encryption scheme actually works and what's involved. That being said, this book goes even further back and looks at how encryption really became an issue.By far, the most fascinating part of this book for me was ho [...]

    4. Karol on said:

      Definitely an interesting reading - especially after all of the Snowden leaks. As I'm quite interested in the history of crypto - especially modern public key cryptography - I knew about most of the protagonists mentioned in the book. But there are a lot of anecdotes and interrelationship I didn't know anything about. So learning about all of this, was really a joy. Steven Levy has definitely the skill to breath life into topics most would describe as theoretical and boring. I'm pretty sure that [...]

    5. Forrest on said:

      Similar to Levy's earlier book Hackers, this book follows some of the characters involved in the birth of public/private key cryptography. Although as a math geek, I would have appreciated a bit more explanation about how cryptography actually works, I think he did an admirable job of explaining enough to make sense of his main story, which is about the personalities involved.

    6. Shivasankari on said:

      Steven Levy always does a good job of making a complex and potentially dry subject readable for a wide audience, using an approach similar to the approach he took in Hackers; he uses the personal history of the participants as a lens to study the history of a technology development.Crypto outlines the history of cryptography as it lurched towards public availability. Levy provides an overview of both technical and political obstacles that occurred along the way. Examines issues of control, perso [...]

    7. Artnoose McMoose on said:

      So, think of this as another installment of the Artnoose Moves Into the 21st Century series, even though most of the history in this book takes place in the 70s through 90s. Simply put, this is a history of the invention of encrypted electronic communication. It starts with a very brief history of cryptology--- Caesar ciphers, the Enigma Machine, etc.--- and follows the life stories of the people who ended up in the 1970s inventing the public-key-private-key method of encryption and the subseque [...]

    8. Ondrej Urban on said:

      If I'm not mistaken, I bought this book at the Computer History museum, in Mountain View, just across the street from Googleplex, about six years ago. When I picked it up this holidays, I might have been feeling a bit tired from all the fantasy I've made my way through recently, but whatever the reason, I was in for a treat.I can't but make a couple of comparisons between Crypto and Simon Singh's The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography. While both deal wi [...]

    9. Beck Frost on said:

      This book shows its age by the retrospect that occurs. The history is great and free flowing with great details, but there was so much more going on than what this book allows and the very last pages hint at this when it mentions Ellis. You never know his real contributions, but the government of the US and Great Britain side of this equation were watching the commercial cryptographers with a bit of wonder at how they were coming up with their codes and how their processes were comparing with th [...]

    10. Ed Terrell on said:

      This book was a page turner! Extremely well written description of battle between individual privacy and the NSA that went on from 1980 to 2000. The era started with Martin Gardner's1977 article in Scientific American on RSA-129, a public key cryptography system and how large primes, modular arithmetic, and one way functions can be used to create (mostly) unbreakable codes. Levy mixes mathematics, history and politics to show that Big Brother doesn't always know best. From Fermat's Little theore [...]

    11. Ed Holden on said:

      A fifteen-year-old book on technology doesn't seem like it could be relevant enough to warrant attention, but it was worth reading for two reasons. First, it's a history book, so the events and concepts haven't changed. But more importantly the world is essentially in the same state it was in when the book was published in 2002: cryptography is still legal, the export battle is still won. We still use hybrid encryption with RSA and certificate authorities, as we did then. The book feels current, [...]

    12. Michal Angelo on said:

      Steven Levy is something of a legend amongst the annals of computing history. His writing is fresh and concise; this is a volume anyone could read, whether programmer, executive, or conspiracy theorist. Highly technical concepts are brought down to lay-terms, and yet there is enough detail to keep the gear-head interested.This is a volume I will have on my shelf simply because I'm proud to have read it. It will go somewhere around the proximity of Donald Ervin Knuth.

    13. Mahmoud on said:

      الكتاب مفيد جدا لما أراد ان يعرف تاريخ التشفير, كيف بدأ والمراحل التي مر بيها حتى وصل الينا في شكله الحالي, مستعرضا أهم الشخصيات المؤثرة في هذا المجال ساردا بشكل مختصر سيرهم الذاتية.المشكلة الوحيدة في الكتاب هو ان الكاتب لا يترك فرصة إلا ويذكر فيها ان فلان يهودي, وفلان اسرائي [...]

    14. Deepti on said:

      This is one hell of a non-fiction book. I tore through it in every free moment I had in four days, and I'm probably going to re-read it, too. It paints an exciting history (1960-2000) of the discovery of private-sector encryption algorithms, and colorful skirmishes between professors, tech-entrepreneurs and the NSA.

    15. Walter E. Anderson on said:

      Great readVery well conveyed story of how the last best hope for liberty was given to mankind.Also serves as a testimony of how little trust we should have in government and it's beauracratic functionaries.

    16. Raoul on said:

      Excellent background and details on the recent history of cryptography.Might get a little boring in the middle, but worth reading through all the way.

    17. Brad on said:

      Steven Levy has an amazing talent for taking complicated, technical material and turning into engaging narrative.I'm not particularly interested in cryptography, but knowing that Levy was interested enough to write a book about it prompted me to pick up Crypto and give it a try.Not only does he manage to take a complex issue and break it down into (mostly) easy-to-follow language, but the he weaves a story that's not really about codes, cyphers, or security, It's about people -- as all of the be [...]

    18. Brian on said:

      Great book and wonderfully easy to read without being so dumbed down that it is an insult to moderately educated people. It read at times like a magazine article - a little too much forced drama to put the reader on edge, but quite informative. Nice to read about some of the underpinnings of our digital society.Current encryption is theoretically impossible to breakof course in practice people choose passwords and keys that are easily remembered and thus, easily guessed or they write the passwor [...]

    19. Justine on said:

      This book is a super interesting history of modern cryptography, starting in the 50's and 60's, where crypto was almost entirely controlled by the government, and leading up to the world today, where cryptography is in use on just about every computer in the world. It was recommended to me by a professor who saw part of this story take place at Berkeley!Most interesting thing about this book is the insight it gives in to the NSA. My "big lesson" is that the behavior we're seeing in the NSA today [...]

    20. Mcgyver5 on said:

      I found this book in a Little Free Library and loved it. This was a quick easy read that made the memorable personalities behind crypto accessible. It also explains the technology well.Why isn't it 5 stars? Well, there was a sense of inflating the story to fill a book. I think it IS worthy of a book, but the author didn't quite include everything he could have. For example, elliptic curve crypography, disk encryption, SSL/TLS. By 2001, when the book was written, there were enough stories just wi [...]

    21. Don on said:

      In-depth coverage of a complicated story. Some reviewers have commented on its excessive length and it certainly is longer than absolutely necessary. That said, much of the material helps show how the different players and programs fit together in bringing about public crypto. Levy does a good job of providing simplified explanations of how the algorithms work (with the usual "Alice wants to send a secure message to Bob without Eve intercepting it" descriptions) without getting into the particul [...]

    22. Sopan on said:

      The one of the best book which talks about the history of technical revolution. The author has done a very good job - its history but has written much better way than the typical historian's write the book about any history. Being a journalists has helped him to talk about the right things-most of the people about which this book is written are alive - so big scope for conflict-but author has written very nicely - touched upon all aspects of they cryptology without actually doing anything about [...]

    23. Harry on said:

      Like his book Hackers, Crypto is very well researched and a technical subject comes to life through the personalities of the folks involved and anecdotes that illustrate their peculiarities. If you aren't interested in cryptography the book would probably be boring. If you are and especially if you were around the Bay Area in the last 30 years you should find the book fascinating. The last chapter was surprising. I expected a summing up but instead it talks about a parallel effort well I don't [...]

    24. Ben Chase on said:

      Excellent! This is a really interesting history of the development of public crypto and the interaction with NSA and FBI over it. This is a battle we were just fighting in the 90s and are already fighting again. You'll be surprised at how many parallels there are. The same players, the same arguments. This is a definite must-read if you want context for the current crypto debates going on, including #AppleVsFBI.

    25. Doug-w Warren on said:

      One of the best factual books I've ever read and as timely as ever given the current news cycle about the NSA. It also led me to a lot of other independent readings such as the Church Committee Which warned about the NSA spying on the American public back in the 70s. If you have any interest in Math, Computers, or Politics you should read this book.

    26. Jayesh Naithani on said:

      A history of public key cryptography, and the US government's attempts to suppress discussion and advancement in the world of obscurity, anonymity and privacy, and to try and maintain itself as it's primary beneficiary. Made for an interesting reading, and I particularly enjoyed learning more about the origin, development, and about the interesting people behind the secret code technology that I study and work with currently.

    27. Paul on said:

      This was an excellent document of the history of Cryptography as it is practices in software today. As someone who deals with encryption pretty frequently, I credit this book with being the source that transformed my familiarity with a buncha acronyms into enough understanding of the topic to understand (well enough, anyway) how it works. The information about how the NSA gave up (some) control of crytography is fascinating as well.

    28. Dr. BarrettDylan Brown, Phd on said:

      Very, very cool. Inspirational to the modern techno-activist. This book shed a lot of light onto the names and personalities of so many people I have heard of through the heard of my hacker studies but who I never heard the full story about. Levy gives the history of modern Cypherpunks, Cyberpunks, and the Cryptography revolution is a way that is story-line oriented and accessible to many people, not just the nerd inclined,

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