A History of Communications Security, Volumes I and II

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  1. msr

    msr LE

    A declassified NSA document entitled A History of Communications Security, Volumes I and II: The David G. Boak Lectures PDF from 1973 and 1981. This is an absolutely fascinating look into how the NSA viewed (views?) communications security and touches on all sorts of topics, including public key crypto, economics, DES, tamper-resistance, etc. It was seemingly from a collection of lectures to new employees. The first 85 pages are heavily redacted but the remaining 80 or so are largely intact. It even concludes with a cryptogram puzzle for the reader!"

  2. The redaction in para 2 of the first lecture is hilarious. Whoever can they be talking about?
  3. Some serious sh1t there. Some of it was tippety top secret when I did my TEMPEST courses at CESG around 10 years ago.