Nerdgasm – GCHQ Releases Emulators For Enigma, Bombe, Typex Crypto Machines

Forget all that cryptocurrency, Bitcoin stuff and come play with the real thing. GCHQ – the UK equivalent of the NSA – has released emulators for the Enigma, Bombe and Typex machines so that you can play at WW II code breaking. And even WW II code creation. A proper nerdgasm for those who like this sort of thing. You know, the nerds?

As background here the Enigma was the German coding machine, the breaking of some of its codes being most, most, useful to the Allies.…

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GCHQ’s Cipher To Queen – Not “Philip’s Looking For The Car Keys”

Sadly GCHQ – the British bit of the spies that deals with codes, encryption and listening to people – didn’t take the opportunity to say something interesting to Brenda when she came to visit. Instead, they were boringly deferential:

Spy agency GCHQ has sent a cryptic tweet to the Queen after she attended an event to mark 100 years of the intelligence agency, but are you able to crack it? The coded message which read “SVOOL BLFI NZQVHGB GSZMP BLF ULI XLNRMT, RG DZH Z TIVZG WZB” was sent from GCHQ’s account to the Royal Family’s after the Queen unveiled a plaque at Watergate House, the agency’s original headquarters.

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