Digital Fortress Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is a cipher text?

Cipher text is a term used in cryptology. The term refers to groups of letters and numbers that represent coded words or messages.

2. What is the purpose of the NSA?

The purpose of the NSA is to protect the communications of the United States government and to intercept the communications of foreign governments. It is an intelligence gathering agency with experts in cryptology.

3. What did Tankado plan to do with Digital Fortress?

Tankado posted the program on his Internet site where it could be freely downloaded. He planned to sell the pass key to the highest bidder. His pattern would make the pass key publicly and freely available if anything happened to Tankado.

4. Why did Swathmore send David Becker to Spain?

Swathmore sent Becker to Spain to retrieve the belongings of Tankado. They are looking for the pass key.

5. What is a tracer?

A tracer is a program that will pass through an anonymous server to the location of the e-mail account of the recipient. The tracer will reveal the true e-mail account of the people using the anonymous server.

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