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Distributed computing cracks Enigma code


An open source application has broken an encrypted message from World War II, and wants your help to finish the job



More than 60 years after the end of World War II, a distributed computing project has managed to crack a previously uncracked message that was encrypted using the Enigma machine.



The M4 Project began in early January, as an attempt to break three original Enigma messages that were intercepted in 1942 and are thought never to have been broken by the Allied forces.



These messages were encrypted using a four-rotor Enigma, which were considered by Germany to be completely unbreakable as it could be set up in any one of 2 ? 10145 ways, each of which would encrypt a plain text message a different way.


The M4 Project's "definitive" translation of this message reads: "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]. Looks."



With two messages still to break, M4 are keen for computer users to download its application and help out.


pretty cool.. but the last thing we need is another project...? ::)

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