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10. Recommended Reading

Books on PGP

Stallings, William, Protect Your Privacy: A Guide for PGP Users, Prentice Hall, 1995, ISBN 0-13-185596-4. (Current errata at

Garfinkel, Simson, PGP: Pretty Good Privacy, O'Reilly & Associates, 1994, ISBN 1-56592-098-8.

Schneier, Bruce, E-Mail Security with PGP and PEM: How To Keep Your Electronic Messages Private, John Wiley & Sons, 1995, ISBN 0-471-05318-X.

Kahn, David, The Code Breakers, The Story of Secret Writing, The MacMillan Publishing Company (1968), ISBN: 0-02-560460-0.

Books on cryptography in general

Bruce Schneier, Applied Cryptography: Protocols, Algorithms, and Source Code in C, John Wiley & Sons, 1993

Dorothy Denning, Cryptography and Data Security, Addison-Wesley, Reading, MA 1982

Dorothy Denning, Protecting Public Keys and Signature Keys, IEEE Computer, Feb 1983

Martin E. Hellman, The Mathematics of Public-Key Cryptography, Scientific American, Aug 1979

PGP- or cryptograph-related articles

Steven Levy, Crypto Rebels, WIRED, May/Jun 1993, page 54. (This is a "must-read" article on PGP and other related topics.)

Ronald Rivest, The MD5 Message Digest Algorithm, MIT Laboratory for Computer Science, 1991. Available from the net as RFC1321.

Xuejia Lai, On the Design and Security of Block Ciphers, Institute for Signal and Information Processing, ETH-Zentrum, Zurich, Switzerland, 1992

Xuejia Lai, James L. Massey, Sean Murphy, Markov Ciphers and Differential Cryptanalysis, Advances in Cryptology- EUROCRYPT'91

Philip Zimmermann, A Proposed Standard Format for RSA Cryptosystems, Advances in Computer Security, Vol III, edited by Rein Turn, Artech House, 1988

Paul Wallich, Electronic Envelopes, Scientific American, Feb 1993, page 30. (This is an article on PGP)

Usenet newsgroups

Discussion of anonymity and anon remailers
For anonymous encrypted message transfer
Clipper, Capstone, Skipjack, Key Escrow
General security discussions
New PGP versions, utilities, bug reports and such. (Moderated)
PGP and its implications.
Use of PGP, bug reports and help.
PGP related resources, information and more.
General discussion of PGP
Discussion of RIPEM
Key distribution via Usenet
General civil liberties, including privacy
News reports from the Electronic Frontier Foundation
Discussion of EFF related issues
Discussion of S/W patents, including RSA
Some mention of crypto and wiretapping
General privacy issues
Announcements of security holes
Software patents, copyrights, computer laws
Methods of data encryption/decryption
General math discussion
General talk on crypto politics

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