The Art and Science of Secret Writing (Spring 2005)

Syllabus, Course Guidelines



  1. EM Email

  2. STEG Steganography

  3. MONO Monoalphabetic substitution cryptanalysis

  4. VIG Vigenere Cryptanalysis

  5. PONT Pontifex/Solitaire Stream Cipher Algorithm

  6. SDES Simplified DES
  7. PGP1 Key Generation
  8. PGP2 Encryption
  9. PGP3 Digital Signatures
  10. TIME TimeStamping
  11. ANON Anonymous Remailers

Related Links (keyed to readings)

Student Software



Link Farms

Assorted Links

Digital Rights Management

Other Software


These are some links to various books and journals.
Diffie, Whitfield; Landau, Susan. Privacy On the Line : The Politics of Wiretapping and Encryption
Availble to UPS community on-line through NetLibrary.
Bamford, James. The Puzzle Palace.
A history and expose of the NSA. [Chapter 8] [Chapter 9] [Chapter 10]
Bamford, James. Body of Secrets
A very recent update of The Puzzle Palace.
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.
Electronic Frontier Foundation. Cracking DES
Brute force with cheap chips. Entertaining.
Hager, Nicky. Secret Power
New Zealand's role in ECHELON, UKUSA Alliance, NSA partnerships. [Chapter 1] [Chapter 2]
Stallings, W. Cryptography and Network Security.
Advanced textbook.
Quarterly journal for cryptology.
Stephenson, Neal. Crytonomicon
Fun. The featured encryption is Pontifex.
Brown, Dan. The Davinci Code
A novel based on cryptology. Bestseller with a main character who is a cryptographer.

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