Nazi Ciphers Cracked

The BBC is reporting that 3 ciphers created by the infamous “Enigma” machine are being cracked by a grid of PC’s and a German crypto enthusiast.

Excerpt:

“Three German ciphers unsolved since World War II are finally being cracked, helped by thousands of home computers.
The codes resisted the best efforts of the celebrated Allied cryptographers based at Bletchley Park during the war.

Now one has been solved by running code-breaking software on a “grid” of internet-linked home computers.”

“In its encrypted form the cipher makes no sense at all, reading as follows:

“NCZW VUSX PNYM INHZ XMQX SFWX WLKJ AHSH NMCO CCAK UQPM KCSM HKSE INJU SBLK IOSX CKUB HMLL XCSJ USRR DVKO HULX WCCB GVLI YXEO AHXR HKKF VDRE WEZL XOBA FGYU JQUK GRTV UKAM EURB VEKS UHHV OYHA BCJW MAKL FKLM YFVN RIZR VVRT KOFD ANJM OLBG FFLE OPRG TFLV RHOW OPBE KVWM UQFM PWPA RMFH AGKX IIBG”

“Unencrypted and translated into English, the message suddenly comes to life:

“Forced to submerge during attack. Depth charges. Last enemy position 0830h AJ 9863, [course] 220 degrees, [speed] 8 knots. [I am] following [the enemy]. [barometer] falls 14 mb, [wind] nor-nor-east, [force] 4, visibility 10 [nautical miles].”

A check against existing records confirmed that the message was sent by Kapitanleutnant Hartwig Looks, commander of the German navy’s U264 submarine, on 25 November 1942. “

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