In Which I Am Falsely Accused of Understanding the Blowfish Algorithm

I have been cited in the Canadian Journal of Electrical and Electronics Engineering in an article entitled, Microcontroller Application in Cryptography Techniques, which appears at Vol. 1, No. 4, June 2010 and is by Ali E. Taki El Deen and Noha A. Hikal. Normally it warms the cockles of my heart to be cited by cryptographers. But not this time.

You see, the place where my article, The Metaphor is the Key: Cryptography, the Clipper Chip and the Constitution, 143 U. Penn. L. Rev. 709 (1995), was cited is this one:

The decryption process for Blowfish [8] is almost identical to the encryption process except the P-array values are reversed.

[8] sends you to my article. The problem is, I wasn't aware I knew much about the Blowfish cipher, or that I had ever written about it.

There must be some mistake? A month ago I emailed the authors to ask, but so far no answer.

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2 Responses to In Which I Am Falsely Accused of Understanding the Blowfish Algorithm

  1. Melinda says:

    I’ve found stuff I’ve written and patents being cited in totally unrelated patent applications. I think some people are trying to make their citation quota and they’re lazy. But woohoo! on your new career in cryptography.

  2. Melinda says:

    I’ve found stuff I’ve written and patents being cited in totally unrelated patent applications. I think some people are trying to make their citation quota and they’re lazy. But woohoo! on your new career in cryptography.

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