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

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Penguin, Jan 8, 2001 - Computers - 368 pages
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"—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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User Review  - typo180 - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - cargocontainer - LibraryThing

I read this book several years back, and found it a fascinating history of cryptography, particularly in the modern age. I read it shortly after reading Cryptonomicon for the first time. If you find ... Read full review

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the loner
the standard
public key
prime time
selling crypto
crypto anarchy
the clipper chip
slouching toward crypto
the open secret

patents and keys

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Steven Levy is the author of Hackers, which has been in print for more than fifteen years, as well as Insanely Great: The Life & Times of Macintosh, the Computer That Changed Everything. He is also Newsweek's chief technology writer and has been a contributing writer to Wired since its inception. He lives in New York City with his wife and son.

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