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

Janet Abbate abbate at vt.edu
Tue Jun 25 05:44:33 PDT 2013

Thanks, Marie. I browsed through and noticed quite a few bits of text are redacted (esp. pp. 203-on, the early post-WWII era). It has a publication date of 2002 but the typesetting looks much older, which is odd; you'd think the government's most computer-savvy agency would have discovered Postscript by 2002. The bibliography shows a good knowledge of the older history of computing literature and archives. I probably won't have time to look further but others may find this useful. 


On Jun 24, 2013, at 11:47 11PM, M. Hicks wrote:

> Looks like governmentattic.org is down altogether. Here's a mirror of the file:
> http://cryptome.org/2013/06/NSA-WasntAllMagic_2002.pdf
> I haven't read through it yet.
> Marie
> ______________________
> Marie Hicks, Ph.D.
> Asst. Professor, History of Technology
> Illinois Institute of Technology
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> 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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