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World War II encryption tactics: How the Enigma failed

April 28 2012 at 7:39 PM

Coalde  (Login cwc.mgmt)
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A fascinating look at the core fundamentals of encryption...well worth the 10 minutes of your life to watch...at least in my opinion. wink.gif
By Keith Shaw, April 25, 2012, 3:25 PM

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A quick look at two mistakes made by German encryption methods

The wonderful "ArtOfTheProblem" YouTube channel has a great 10-minute video highlighting the encryption methods used during World War II, specifically focusing on the Enigma machine. While going through why the encryption is so difficult, the video then reveals two mistakes that German operators and the machine's designer made, allowing the Allies to crack the codes created by the device.

Any student of security and/or cryptography will enjoy this look at our past:



http://www.itworld.com/virtualization/271706/world-war-ii-encryption-tactics-how-enigma-failed
...stuff like this is what gives one perspective on specific technologies and is far more valuable than any technical manual....IMHO as always. wink.gif


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Re: World War II encryption tactics: How the Enigma failed

April 29 2012, 6:41 PM 

Wasn't an Enigma machine captured by the allies that led to its decryption?

 



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Coalde
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Re: World War II encryption tactics: How the Enigma failed

April 30 2012, 4:51 PM 

That is actually an urban myth, the Poles actually did the initial work on decrypting Enigma messages...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptanalysis_of_the_Enigma

...interesting stuff.


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