CSC 290: Cryptology -- Links
There are many many exciting crypto links. Every time I go
out I find more... when you find some goodies, pass them on.
Very important link to text Errata!
Local link to even more text Errata!.
Randal Nelson's Crypto Page. Full of superb notes, resources,
Here's a 2015 reference from Tom Coner's team of library volunteers updating
a Web Security libguide [great stuff, libguides -- make sure you know
and use the ones in your library!-- CB].
ShortTel Secure Web Communication Page
A Guide to Computer Crime and Prevention Thanks to Brittany
Keller and Mrs. Nancy Crawford.
Enigma and Polish Cryptography
US Army Field Manual on Cryptanalysis
Free downloadable chapters from CRC Applied Crypto Handbook
True Life story of cracking beautiful actress Diana Dors' secret
message regarding her will and estate! Cracked by a
commercial company using software YOU can download!
(It was a Viginere, so you'll be writing your own).
As told in IEEE-Spectrum Magazine.
A Five-Lecture Tutorial from a theoretical point of view. Has
Shannon's definition of perfect security.
- July 2001 Issue of Smithsonian has article about the
largest collection of espionage equipment in the world: a private
collection in Florida, from which the CIA borrowed 500 items for its
50th anniversary. Two enigma machines this guy has along with lots of
truly unique stuff. Possible related websites:
Cold War Museum ,
International Spy Museum ,
National Cryptologic Museum .
a quarterly journal form the U.S. Military Academy... lots of fun,
accessible, and useful articles. Also Undergraduate Paper
competition, Scholarship prizes, etc.
GCHQ Challenge! The people who REALLY invented
public key cryptography bring you amusing crypto
challenges featuring useful prizes.
Pretty Good Privacy International
Tutorials, downloadable privacy software, FAQs...
Elliptic Curve Crypto
Link in du Sautoy's biblio. to Elliptic Curve cryptography....
maybe good, maybe not. Every little bit helps?
The Cypher Project
Seems to be an ongoing project to build an interactive tool to help
with simple ciphers...
CPSR Cipher Tools
Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility has a bunch of
crypto software tools here.
Counterpane's Courselist .
Counterpane's Crypto-gram . For some downloaded samples, see below.
Counterpane's Bibliography .
Page of various
resource links from UMBC.
A very interesting and complete site, seemingly strong on classical
cryptograms, with up to date coverage of the AES candidates and how to
attack block ciphers in general.
There are complete tutorials and
algorithms for things like Hill's Cipher, foreign language
cryptography, etc. etc. Also
containing information on viruses and computer security.
Definitely worth a visit is
Very nice resource page on
Mersenne Primes and related matters.
Somewhere in UMBC's main cipher course pages...lots of fun, source
code, ciphers, lecture notes...
UMBC's cipher course .
Class Programming Projects and
Cipher problems and cipher-breaking
(some copied over locally... see next link).
Software Tools from UMBC.
Automated, integrated aristocrat cryptogram solver.
A Dictionary of
Nice, typical Crypto
, with abstracts. Big range of topics.
Toby's CryptoPage .
Wonderful...Tutorials, examples, history, AND some wonderful
exercises (Quiz page, military crypto intercept scenaria, etc...)
Savard's Crypto Compendium .
Incredible. A whole textbook AND a plethora of superb links.
SANS Institute .
Seems to be a security outfit with quite a nice "Reading Room".
Computer Security 2011 .
Definitely the most up-to-date link on the page. Definitions and
bunch of links to cyber-security information sites. Courtesy of Steven
(possibly in Delaware) through Ms. Hughes. Thanks, y'all!
There may more, but there are at least sci.crypt,
For now, here is a link to (most of the)
Frequently Asked Questions on
If you find a book or have a favorite, please pass it along.
I'm putting new things here that may not be in other bibliographies yet.
Here's a Publisher
with huge selection of classical and some modern texts and resources.
Music of the Primes, by Marcs du Sautoy. Terrific new book,
like Men of Mathematics crossed with amathematical
whodunnit: Gripping, full of personalities and a very successfully
UN-mathematical look at history of prime numbers. I couldn't put it
down and I learned a lot.
Amazon Link I hope.
You should definitely read everything Barbara Tuchman ever
wrote, but in particular there's
The Zimmerman Telegram, (NY: Ballentine, 1994), about famous
WWI decipherment. Goes well with The Guns of August.
, by Steven Levy, who brought you
Viking press 2001, ISBN 0-670-85950-8.
Fascinating history of development of modern cryptology from 1969 to
the present. Should probably be required for the course...
by Neal Stephenson. Sprawling novel with everything! Dot-com startup
business intrigue, a cool cipher based on a deck of cards (with Perl
script), Nazi gold, a great way to allocate goods to the relatives
after a death, and more...
FOUNDATIONS OF CRYPTOGRAPHY -- BASIC TOOLS
by Oded Goldreich,
ISBN 0-521-79172-3, Cambridge University Press.
Now out! Joel Seiferas has copy.
Here's a blurb, and here are
Title's web-page ,
Publisher web-page (accepting orders for this title)
Body of Secrets, by James Bamford, (Doubleday 721 pages, $29.95).
Updated look at NSA (No Such Agency), follow-on to THE PUZZLE PALACE,
which was published some 20 years ago. Refutes some myths, brings us
up to date generally. Review in Wall St. Journal of 9 May 2001.
Breaking the Maya Code, by Michael D. Coe (actually!)
Fun story of how Mayan was finally understood, and how the effort was
held back for years by one established professorial "authority".
Exciting and informative.
Java Cryptography, By Jonathan B. Knudsen 1st Edition May 1998,
isbn: 1-56592-402-9, Order Number: 4029 362 pages, $29.95.
Here's a link to info, also entire sample Chapter Six on
Java Security By Scott Oaks, 1998,
How Java applets preserve security of systems, access control,
security policies, plus lots of info redundant with, complementary to,
or related to cryptography classes and concepts, as in Knudson's book
CRYPTO-GRAM is published monthly by Counterpane. You can subscribe,
but here are the issues I have. Also if anyone can tell me how to
make the multitudinous links work, please tell me. The way things
are you are probably better off downloading or reading
from your browser. Enjoy!
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