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Cryptography: Cracking Codes


While cracking a code might seem like something few of us would encounter in our daily lives, it is actually far more prevalent than we may realize. Anyone who has had personal information taken because of a hacked email account can understand the need for cryptography and the importance of encryption, essentially the need to code information to keep it safe. This detailed volume examines the logic and science behind various ciphers, their real world uses, how codes can be broken, and the use of technology in this oft-overlooked field.

Series: Intelligence and Counterintelligence

Interest Level: Grades 9-12

Guided Reading Level: Z

Lexile Level: 1430

ISBN: 9781622750368 (E-book)

Copyright: ©2014

Pages: 96

“This introduction from the Intelligence and Counterintelligence series emphasizes the point that cryptography is now a part of everyday business, not limited to espionage and the military. The narrative explains how various ciphers are constructed, from the simplest to the most complex, then covers basic concepts and types of cryptanalysis. ... Facts and concepts are well organized and clearly presented.” — Linda Perkins, Booklist

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