Crypto : Secrecy and Privacy in the New Cold War

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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 Levythe author who made "hackers" a household wordcomes 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."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 137.16 x 200.66 x 22.86mm | 317.51g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0140244328
  • 9780140244328
  • 422,135

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"Gripping and illuminating." The Wall Street Journal"A great David-and-Goliath storyhumble hackers hoodwink sinister spooks." Time "show more

About Steven Levy

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 more

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 Indexshow more

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