How to Scramble Your Mail

  • Jennifer Tanaka and Brad Stone
  • Newsweek
  • December 4, 1995

The first version of Bruce Schneier’s Applied Cryptography was called “the book that the National Security Agency wanted never to be published.” Maybe because it was full of programming code and instructions on how to apply powerful means to encode information so that no one—not even the government—could read it. Now comes the book’s second edition (Wiley, $49.95), fat as a phone book and loaded with new and improved crypto systems, including a method for defeating the “key escrow” mechanism in the government’s much maligned Clipper Chip. Cypher-punks will likely spam Santa’s e-mail box with requests for it.

Categories: Applied Cryptography, Text

Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.