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Crypto: How the Code Rebels Beat the Government--Saving Privacy in the Digital Age Hardcover – January 1, 2001
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Each cryptological advance that was made outside the confines of the NSA's Fort Meade complex was met with increasing legislative and judicial resistance. Levy's storytelling acumen tugs the reader along through mathematical and legal hassles that would stop most narratives in their tracks--his words make even the depressingly silly Clipper chip fiasco vibrant. Hardcore privacy nerds will value Crypto as a review of 30 years of wrangling; those readers with less familiarity with the subject will find it a terrific and well-documented launching pad for further research. From notables like Phil Zimmerman to obscure but important figures like James Ellis, Crypto dishes the dirt on folks who know how to keep a secret. --Rob Lightner
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Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
- Publisher : Viking Adult; First Edition (January 1, 2001)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0670859508
- ISBN-13 : 978-0670859504
- Item Weight : 1.45 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.42 x 1.12 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #525,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As for the content, it is interesting and engaging and Mr. Levy has done a great job at conveying the history and importance of cryptography and how it relates to cyber security on a level that is neither overly technical nor dumbed down. While the book was originally published nearly two decades ago, the information is still relevant today. He has written several other books including The Unicorn’s Secret: Murder in the Age of Aquarius, another I very much enjoyed.
Whether or not you are working in the cyber security field, I feel like this is an important book for everyone to read, especially with all the rumblings of Russian hackers, data breeches on credit cards and social media accounts and all the other hacking and phreaking that’s going on right under our noses. Knowledge is power, and it is our best defense against those who seek to hurt us. This book will help you find your ammunition.
Levy has interviewed all of the major players: Diffie, Adleman, Chaum, Zimmerman, and others; he's done nearly a decade of research on the subject, and monitored the sci.crypt.* newsgroups. Clearly, this is an authoritative account of the short 30-year history of public key.
The main theme of the book is how the NSA tried to stifle new developments by the researchers, placing secrecy orders and classifying their patents and papers. Throughout the book, as Levy draws out the characters, it's the crypto community vs. the government, until ultimately the cypherpunks win out.
This book doesn't contain a single diagram; no photos, and no equations at all. So if you're looking for a technical introduction to crypto, look elsewhere; this is purely an informally-written account on the people behind the scenes.
Five stars, for what it is; sure, Levy writes with magazine-style prose, but this fits the high-level view he takes on the subject. Most importantly, this volume was exhaustively researched and has the collaboration of all of the key players, which lends Levy's account great credibility.
The book was in perfect condition and arrived quickly.
Also serves as a testimony of how little trust we should have in government and it's beauracratic functionaries.
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He stops there because this book was written in 2000, but it's still an important read because of the way it describes the technical developments in cryptography and - more compellingly - the tension between researchers in this field, government agencies and commercial companies. Each of these communities had a specific and - usually - contentious view of the priorities associated with cryptography and privacy. The battle between them came to the fore in the debate over the clipper chip: an encryption device developed by the National Security Agency for voice and data messages which included a back-door to allow law enforcement to decode transmissions. Clipper was defunct less than three years after its introduction, partly because the government lost the debate over privacy, but mostly because of the widespread use of independently-developed public key cryptography.
The issues discussed in this book have only become more important with the further extension of the Internet and our reliance on it in every day use (the book describes the initial attempts to introduce digital cash, for example), and society's evolving ideas about the prices we're willing to pay for privacy. Recommended.
Es muy útil para entender una evolución que ha desembocado en Blockchain, por ejemplo
Se lle como una novela y contiene las referencias necesarias para profundizar.
El libro aparentemente no se se publica pero lo adquirí de uno de los vendedores de Amamzon, muy buen estado, entrega rápida y sin problemas