[SIGCIS-Members] NSA "pre-history of code-breaking"?

M. Hicks mhicks1 at iit.edu
Mon Jun 24 20:47:11 PDT 2013

Looks like governmentattic.org is down altogether. Here's a mirror of the file:

I haven't read through it yet.


Marie Hicks, Ph.D.
Asst. Professor, History of Technology
Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, IL USA
mariehicks.net | mhicks1 at iit.edu | @histoftech

On Jun 24, 2013, at 21:08, Janet Abbate <abbate at vt.edu> wrote:

> This was posted on Slashdot today:
> "The National Security Agency has declassified an eye-opening pre-history of computers used for code-breaking between the 1930s and 1960s. The 344 page report, entitled It Wasn't All Magic: The Early Struggle to Automate Cryptanalysis (pdf), it is available on the Government Attic web site. Government Attic has also just posted a somewhat less declassified NSA compendium from 1993: A Collection of Writings on Traffic Analysis. (pdf)"
> When I tried to click on the link I got an error message (not that I really want  a file from the NSA on my computer...). Anybody know if this is for real?
> Dr. Janet Abbate
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