Hacking Secret Ciphers with Python


There are many books that teach beginners how to write secret messages using ciphers. There are a couple books that teach beginners how to hack ciphers. As far as I can tell, there are no books to teach beginners how to write programs to hack ciphers.

This book fills that gap. This book is for complete beginners who do not know anything about encryption, hacking, or cryptography. The ciphers in this book (except for the RSA cipher in the last chapter) are all centuries old, and modern computers now have the computational power to hack their encrypted messages.

No modern organization or individuals use these ciphers anymore. As such, there’s no reasonable context in which you could get into legal trouble for the information in this book.