Crypto: Secrecy and Privacy in the New Cold War

Crypto: Secrecy and Privacy in the New Cold War


By (author) Steven Levy


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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 149mm x 214mm x 19mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 31 January 2002
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140244328
  • ISBN 13: 9780140244328
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 527,598

Product description

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"&#151nerds and visionaries turned freedom fighters&#151teamed 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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Author information

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.

Review quote

"Gripping and illuminating." --The Wall Street Journal"A great David-and-Goliath story--humble hackers hoodwink sinister spooks." --Time

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Preface The Loner The Standard Public Key Prime Time Selling Crypto Patents and Keys Crypto Anarchy The Clipper Chip Slouching Toward Crypto Epilogue: The Open Secret Notes Bibliography Glossary Index