Nineteenth Century Perfect Ciphers!

26 July 2011

Steve Bellovin has uncovered a Telegraph Codebook by Frank Miller from 1882 that describes a one-time pad cipher. This predates the invention by Vernam and Mauborgne during World War I, that was previously thought to be the first use of a one-time pad. The New York Times has an article, and Steve’s full report is available.