cryp·​tog·​ra·​pher | \krip-ˈtä-grə-fər \

Definition of cryptographer 

: a specialist in cryptography: such as

a : a clerk who enciphers and deciphers messages

b : one who devises cryptographic methods or systems

c : cryptanalyst

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Matthew Green, a cryptographer and professor at Johns Hopkins University, was one of the first to outline the problem in a blog post this weekend. James Vincent, The Verge, "Google criticized for Chrome change that logs users in without telling them," 24 Sep. 2018 The company also said head cryptographer, David Schwartz, would assume the role of chief technology officer. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Ripple Hires Facebook Payments Exec and Names New CTO," 11 July 2018 This advice has seemed overly reactionary to some cryptographers, though, who argue that some people can't simply switch to other secure platforms and that encrypted email is still better than nothing. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Encrypted Email Has a Major, Divisive Flaw," 14 May 2018 David Schwartz, the chief cryptographer at blockchain startup Ripple Inc., recently saw a developer on his team receive not one, but two, $1 million signing bonus offers. Yuliya Chernova, WSJ, "Blockchain Talent Wars Escalate, Hindering Product Development," 22 May 2018 This case has stumped cryptographers and police and the most recent theories seem to revolve around autopsies and DNA testing. Angela Chen, The Verge, "How gel and X-rays are helping us fix art and read thousand-year-old manuscripts," 21 May 2018 The most dramatic comment came from computer science professor and cryptographer Eran Tromer. Steven Levy, WIRED, "Cracking the Crypto War," 25 Apr. 2018 The Voynich Manuscript has baffled cryptographers ever since the early 15th-century document was rediscovered by a Polish book dealer in 1912. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Artificial Intelligence Takes a Crack at Decoding the Mysterious Voynich Manuscript," 30 Jan. 2018 In January, when Ozzie presented his solution at Columbia University, a cryptographer in the audience, Eran Tromer, found a serious flaw. Ars Technica, "Op-ed: Ray Ozzie’s crypto proposal—a dose of technical reality," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of cryptographer

1641, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cryptographer

cryptography + -er entry 2

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