NSA declassifies itself up to 1994 (pictures & hardware): "Top Secret" now free.Submitted by Mark Twain on Mon, 08/05/2013 - 13:51
2 minutes take you back to where you where when! Relive your past, courtesy of the NSA.
NSA Goes Mobile (circa 1948). Where were you? Ask the NSA? Better yet, let them show you! Here you are. Get your "Top Secret" information free (now that it is released as "
Pages: 343. Photos & references. A newly declassified work of history shows how U.S. intelligence agencies helped launch the digital age. You can't leave home without it!
On Oct. 29, 1948, the Soviet Union suddenly changed all its ciphers and codes. What later became known as “Black Friday” delivered a huge shock to the two U.S. intelligence agencies that had conducted the bulk of American code-breaking efforts during World War II and its immediate aftermath. Before Black Friday, the Army’s SIS and the Navy’s OP-20-G complacently assumed that they had acquired the keys to most of the world’s encrypted communications. But with a flip of the switch the U.S. was once again in the dark — just as the Cold War was heating up.
“One of the gravest crises in the history of American cryptanalysis,” writes historian Colin Burke, led directly to the 1949 merging of the SIS and OP-20-G into the Armed Forces Security Agency. Three years later, another bureaucratic shuffle transformed the AFSA into the National Security Agency. A sense of panic induced by the “Soviets’ A-Bomb, the Berlin Blockade, the forming of the satellite bloc in Eastern Europe, the fall of China, and the Korean War” — all of which “were not predicted” by the intelligence agencies — encouraged the U.S. government to authorize the NSA to spend tens of millions of dollars on computer research, in the hope that technological advances would help crack the new Soviet codes. ...
Colin Burke is the author of “It Wasn’t All Magic: The Early Struggle to Automate Cryptanalysis, 1930s-1960s.” Burke completed his history in 1994, but until last week, his volume of crypto-geekery had only a handful of readers.