WWII code 'may never be cracked'

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WWII code 'may never be cracked'


23 November 2012 Last updated at 06:06 ET Help
Experts at intelligence agency GCHQ have asked for help in de-coding a message found attached to a pigeon leg, thought to date back to WWII.

The dead bird was found in a chimney in Surrey a few weeks ago.

But without more information, the code may never be cracked, according to the BBC's security correspondent Gordon Corera.

The code is as follows:
AOAKN HVPKD FNFJW YIDDC
RQXSR DJHFP GOVFN MIAPX
PABUZ WYYNP CMPNW HJRZH
NLXKG MEMKK ONOIB AKEEQ
WAOTA RBQRH DJOFM TPZEH
LKXGH RGGHT JRZCQ FNKTQ
KLDTS FQIRW AOAKN 27 1525/6
Story vid: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20458792
 

Voodoo Ben

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is it enigma code?
 

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I hope they don't translate it.

 
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anonymous should get on this and crack it...it would be a nice little bit of publicity...of course the one who cracks it might end up a Starfighter or something...
 

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I find it hard to believe they can't run it thru
a few programs and crack it. Considering it was
done in the 40's I'm sure it will get solved.
 

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some 12 year old kid with an i pad will knock it out in 10 mins
 

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Why would there be a code we don't have the key for in a vault somewhere? Obviously whoever sent it expected it to be decoded.
 

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I don't think there's enough code there to develop a meaningful pattern to help crack it.

It probably says something like "We'll show those round-eyes when we bomb their Navy base back to the stone age on December 7. Hopefully no one cracks this in time and prepares for our arrival".
 
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Maybe it's the combination to Joey's safe.
 

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It says, "It's just as you prophesied! The planets of our solar system, incinerating. Like flaming globes, Sigmund. Like flaming globes. Ah, ha, ha, ha..."
 

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Most likely a one-time pad. During WWII, women would sit around all day pulling random letters out of lottery-style rotators and writing them down in groups of 5. You would use that as the key to encrypt and decrypt the message. It is basically impossible to crack a message like that without the one-time pad.

If this stuff (and sci-fi) fascinates you, by all means pick up Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson. I learned a fuckton about cryptography from that book. Super fascinating.
 

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If this stuff (and sci-fi) fascinates you, by all means pick up Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson. I learned a fuckton about cryptography from that book. Super fascinating.
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If this stuff (and sci-fi) fascinates you, by all means pick up Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson. I learned a fuckton about cryptography from that book. Super fascinating.
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