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Agnes Meyer Driscoll: women in cryptanalysis

Agnes Meyer Driscoll: women in cryptanalysis

Agnes Meyer Driscoll was a leading cryptanalyst working for American defense agencies between WW1 and the early years of the Cold War. She started off her career in the US Navy, by enlisting in Code and Signal Section of the Director of Naval Communications. The approach to her work was innovative, by mixing manual decryption techniques and early and emerging automatic machine systems. Her technical studies on cipher rotors, moreover, led to a substantial advancements in American cryptography. Regarding her cryptanalytical work, Driscoll’s contributions allowed the US to break a wide range of diplomatic correspondence. Also, she was a specialist of Japanese naval codes. The breaking of these codes made […]

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