[NetBehaviour] 2009 marks 60 years of computer cryptography.

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Tue Sep 22 19:15:26 CEST 2009

2009 marks 60 years of computer cryptography.

Dan Jones writes "2009 marks 60 years since the advent of modern 
cryptography. It was back in October 1949 when mathematician Claude
Shannon published a paper on Communication Theory of Secrecy Systems. 
According to his employer at the time, Bell Labs, the work transformed 
cryptography from an art to a science and is generally considered the 
foundation of modern cryptography. Since then significant developments 
in secure communications have continued, particularly with the advent of 
the Internet and Web. CIO has a pictorial representation of the past six 
decades of research and development in encryption technology. Highlights 
include the design of the first quantum cryptography protocol by Charles 
Bennett and Gilles Brassard in 1984, and the EFF's 'Deep Crack' DES code 
breaker of 1998." Originally found on Slashdot.org


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