Crypto Aktiengesellschaft ( Crypto AG ) is a company Suisse specialized in the Télécommunication S and the Cryptographie. Based with Zoug, the company has great experience as a manufacturer of devices of coding.
It was founded in 1952 by the Swedish Boris Hagelin. This one had inherited the company of Arvid Gerhard Damm which built machines of coding starting from a Swedish patent deposited in 1919. After the death of Prejudice and little before the Second world war, Hagelin which had initially invested in the firm, took its direction. During the war, it was directed since the the United States and at the end of the conflict, the activities were transferred from Sweden towards Switzerland. The Swedish government wanted indeed to adapt military technologies and Hagelin preferred expatrier the company.
Several famous machines will leave the workshops of Crypto AG:
Charges of collaboration with the NSA
Crypto AG was shown to have voluntarily introduced faults into the machines to allow a deciphering of the messages by government agencies of which NSA. At the time, Crypto AG was the reference on the matter and produced machines for the countries of the whole world. NSA worried about be able to decipher foreign messages and then undertook canvassings near the European manufacturers of which Crypto AG. Hagelin would then have met celebrates it Cryptanalyste NSA, William Friedman, which would have proposed a market to him whose content remains prone to speculations. It is probable that the NSA required of Hagelin the plans and the modifications made on the machines delivered to foreign countries and more particularly the important members of the the United Nations.
These charges were swept by Crypto AG which, as a company based in Switzerland, a neutral country, always affirmed to have resisted the external pressures.
Page of Crypto AG
- " Crypto AG: The NSA' S Trojan Whore? " - charges of collusion with the NSA
- Response of Crypto AG to the charges - bond broken
- history of Crypto AG
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