The focal point of the novel is the NSA?s clandestine TRANSLTR, capable of deciphering any code and designed for the purpose invading the nation?s Internet privacy, and one man?s ingenious creation - the NSA?s worst nightmare.
Summary Of The Book
Digital Fortress, a science fiction thriller novel by Dan Brown, was published in 1998 and since then has been translated into several foreign languages.
To avoid public unrest, the common man of course is kept oblivious of the fact that the NSA is using its supercomputer, the TRANSLTR, to pry into their emails, with the objective of maintaining national security. Anxiety starts brewing, when an NSA expellee, devises an ingenious algorithm that is effective in formulating codes that even the TRANSLTR is incapable of decrypting.
Stumped by this new dilemma, Strathmore, commander of NSA, assigns the head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher to translate it. As Susan works on cracking this complicated cipher, Digital Fortress, she discerns the identity of the coder: Ensei Tankado, who strictly disapproves infringing upon people?s private lives! Susan further discovers that Tankado?s design, is to auction the Digital Fortress algorithm on his website and if this isn?t bad enough, ?NDAKOTA?, his partner would expose it freely to the world, in the event of Tankado?s death. This would be too big a blow for the NSA.