Secrets

Schneier on Security

Bruce Schneir’s blog today links to a fascinating but frustrating history of NSA and CIA signals and communications cryptography American Cryptology during the Cold War. Fascinating, because it is a frank internal history by NSA historian Thomas R. Johnson who obviously knows a great deal about what was happening, but frustrating because large sections of the pdf files are whited out.

Schneir on security is the best source of information about security and privacy available anywhere today. His greatest contribution may be his utterly devastating analysis of  “security theater” which subordinates effective action to the appearance of action.

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