Cryptography Independent Study (Spring 2002)




These are supplemental books, not adjuncts to the textbook. Most are available in our library, or can be obtained through Orbis. I'll add some public policy texts later.
Bamford, James. The Puzzle Palace
The first big book on the NSA and its predecessors.
Bamford, James. Body of Secrets
A very recent update of The Puzzle Palace.
Kahn, David. The Codebreakers
The definitive history. Somewhat dated (the orginal is from 1967, an updated version has some add-ons)
Singh, Simon. The Code Book
Another history. Shorter, newer and more entertaining than the above.
Hodges, Andrew. Alan Turing: the Enigma
Biography of Alan Turing. German Enigma cipher plus early computer science.
Schneier, Bruce. Applied Cryptography
Published in the early 90's. Already a classic. Mathematics, protocols, implementations.
Biham, Eli and Shamir, Adi. Differential Cryptanalysis of the Data Encryption Standard (DES)
One of the earliest examples of this variety of cryptanalysis.
Electronic Frontier Foundation. Cracking DES
Brute force with cheap chips. Entertaining.
Stephenson, Neal. Crytonomicon (A novel)
Fun. The featured encryption is Pontifex.


Week Reading Problems Practicum
1 Preface, Chapter 1 None None
2 Chapter 2 2.1, 2.2, 2.4, 2.7 Steganography/JPHS
3 Sections 3.1 - 3.4 3.3, 3.4, 3.6, 3.7 Vigenere
4 Sections 3.5 - 3.7 Continue with above S-DES by hand
5 Chapter 4
6 Chapters 7, 5
7 Sections 6.1-6.4, 12.1 6.2, 6.3, 6.4 PGP
8 Patterson, Chapter 4
9 Patterson, Chapter 6 Knapsack Cracker
10 Knapsack Cracker

Rob Beezer,, Spring 2002.