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Susan Fletcher, a brilliant mathematician, head of National Security Agency's cryptography division, finds herself faced with an unbreakable code, resistant to brute-force attacks by a 3-million processor supercomputer. Along with her fiancÚ, a skilled linguist with eidetic memory, she must find a solution to stop the spreading of the code.
The book has been criticized for its inaccurate depictions of cryptography. It has also been criticized for its short-attention-span writing style (128 chapters in 429 pages) and its unbelievable characters.
The code that appears in the end of the book
is decrypted by looking at the first letter of the chapter for each number. For example, chapter 128 starts 'When Susan awoke'. The resulting text is
WECG EWHY AAIO RTNU
and read from the top down.
Add spaces and you get the plaintext,
"We are watching you"
a reference to the NSA's monitoring systems.
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