Crypto is For Everyone—and American History Proves It


Over the last year, law enforcement officials around the world have been pressing hard on the notion that without a magical “backdoor” to access the content of any and all encrypted communications by ordinary people, they’ll be totally incapable of fulfilling their duties to investigate crime and protect the public.… »11/01/15 2:30pm11/01/15 2:30pm


That Time Stargate: Universe Hid Cryptographic Messages In Plain Sight

"Human" is a Stargate: Universe episode that revolves around mathematician Dr. Rush trying to crack a code. "I loved Rush's crazy scribbles of nonsense and the light code imagery," Meredith wrote in io9's original recap. Only it wasn't nonsense – it was real cryptography with consistent, breakable codes. »9/14/14 2:14pm9/14/14 2:14pm

Did government scientists really create a secret quantum internet?

No, not really. But for two years, researchers at Los Alamos National Labs have been working on something they call network-centric quantum communications — and this could usher in the next generation of hyper-secure, scalable, and affordable quantum cryptographic techniques. We spoke to the lead researcher to find… »5/10/13 2:00pm5/10/13 2:00pm

Did Polish cryptographers crack the Nazi Enigma code before Alan Turing?

Among the many things that computer science pioneer Alan Turing is remembered for was his tremendous contribution to the British war effort in which he is credited with cracking Nazi Germany's Enigma code — a breakthrough that historians widely agree helped to shorten the war in Europe. But now, the Polish government… »10/09/12 10:30am10/09/12 10:30am

How computer simulations of animal behavior led to a powerful new form of secret communication

How can we use foxes and rabbits help transmit secret messages? No animal cruelty is necessary - a new technique encodes messages using a predator-prey model normally used to predict the changes in animal populations. This advance in steganography could revolutionize the art of secrecy. »11/25/11 7:35pm11/25/11 7:35pm

Secret agents of the future could use bacteria to send hidden messages

Ready for a piece of technology you can rampantly steal for NaNoWriMo? How about secretly encoded E. coli that glow and can be used to send messages? Researchers have developed a way of getting seven strains of the bacteria to fluoresce in seven different colors. You can use them to create a secret message that… »10/06/11 10:00am10/06/11 10:00am

Carbon dating shows the world's most mysterious document may be older than previously thought.

The Voynich Manuscript first came to (modern) light in 1912. It is named after Wilfrid Voynich, a rare book dealer who plucked the forgotten tome from a dusty shelf in a Jesuit college near Rome, and made it famous. Illustrations of planets, plants, and 'bathing' women decorate its pages. It is also covered with dense… »2/11/11 11:00am2/11/11 11:00am