Enigma no more!
February 27, 2006 4:50 PM   Subscribe

A previously unbroken Enigma code has been solved by a group of hackers. After just over a month of effort, the M4 group, using distributed computing, cracked a 60 year-old German naval code. The message: "Forced to submerge during attack." There are lots of other interesting historical codes that still remain mysteries, however. Lots of Enigma goodness in an earlier post.
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posted by russilwvong at 5:28 PM on February 27, 2006


Hsfbu ofxt!
posted by brain_drain at 5:40 PM on February 27, 2006


There are still three more messages to be cracked. Join in with the effort; clients are on the M4 page!
posted by zsazsa at 6:30 PM on February 27, 2006


They call themselves geeks? Where's the Enigma machine case mods?
posted by chef_boyardee at 6:34 PM on February 27, 2006


Now the war is surely well in hand.
posted by spiderwire at 7:11 PM on February 27, 2006


Enigma machine case mods?

Because nothing speeds up cryptography research like the gratuitous use of blue LEDs.
posted by eriko at 7:16 PM on February 27, 2006


I was thinking of building one of the Enigma machine replica kits, and asked a mathmatician friend of mine if they would e useful, ie stand up to much brute force by today's standards. He said an enigma code would be trivial with today's processing, and I guess this being done in just a month suggests he was right (it probably means it would take the NSA a few minutes :-). However, that's still a big roadblock to non-hackers. I don't usually need strong encryption, so maybe the neat-o factor of using a replica enigma machine would be worth it.
Thanks for the link. It's good to have a solid ballpark as to what it actually takes to crack enigma today.
posted by -harlequin- at 7:23 PM on February 27, 2006


It seems that both this thread and the linked one missed the electronic enigma kit, for those that want a machine rather than software, but don't want to hand-mill all sorts of weird mechanical parts :)
posted by -harlequin- at 7:27 PM on February 27, 2006


Because nothing speeds up cryptography research like the gratuitous use of blue LEDs.

I prefer amber LEDs in my vintage-themed case mods :-)
posted by -harlequin- at 7:30 PM on February 27, 2006


The movie Enigma, released 2001 and starring Kate Winslet, is really good. It's about British codebreakers in WW2.
posted by neuron at 8:14 PM on February 27, 2006


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posted by lalochezia at 8:47 PM on February 27, 2006


The Jerries will be in a devil of a pickle now that our boys have cracked their code! Their subs will be sitting ducks!
posted by misteraitch at 3:33 AM on February 28, 2006


I ask that this post be deleted.

Loose lips sink ships!
The Kaiser is reading!
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 4:53 AM on February 28, 2006


misteraitch - hahahaha
posted by 13twelve at 5:04 AM on February 28, 2006



I prefer amber LEDs in my vintage-themed case mods :-)


May I humbly suggest NE-2 Neons?. The advanced course would include Nixie Tubes and Dekatrons.
posted by eriko at 5:31 AM on February 28, 2006


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posted by mrmojoflying at 5:32 AM on February 28, 2006


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