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Comment Re:How do you know when it's decrypted? (Score 1) 186

Heh, heh. Soon after I got out of the Army, a writer for Rolling Stone was reminiscing about his days in the Navy. They had had approximately the same mission we had, just offset a little bit geographically. I'm not sure if he got in trouble for it, but he "declassified" a LOT of information.
Let me just repeat the motto of the Army Security Agency: In God we trust, everyone else we monitor.

Comment Re:How do you know when it's decrypted? (Score 1) 186

A good question. An analog from simpler times:
More years ago than I care to count on my fingers I was a cryptanalyst in...let's say, near, the Mideast. The traffic we were intercepting and working on was in Russian, Italian or one of several dialects of Arabic, none of which I speak, or more to the point, read. But when you are applying decryption techniques you don't necessarily have to know what exactly what the message says to make progress, just what the plaintext should LOOK like.

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