Schneier on Security
A blog covering security and security technology.
« The Public/Private Surveillance Partnership |
| Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Escape Artist »
May 3, 2013
Another WWII Message Decoded
It's a really interesting code and story. (The first link has the most detailed information about the code and the cryptanalysis.)
Posted on May 3, 2013 at 12:44 PM
• 5 Comments
To receive these entries once a month by e-mail, sign up for the Crypto-Gram Newsletter.
It's not clear to me from the articles whether the message - the coded message - ever reached it's intended recipients. Was Pryor wasting his time, or were the risks he took actually useful to people back in the UK?
@Jon - according to a fairly lengthy TV news piece I saw, yes the messages did get through to military intelligence. The suggestion was that they were identified by the British censor (not obvious how) and copies made before the originals went to the family.
What I found even more remarkable was that the news item also said that Pryor carried all the details of the code in his head!
Most interesting is this contrast drawn by Dr. Bennet (the in first article):
"... German agents relied on machines and industrial technology to decipher secret messages.
The British meanwhile had a more whimsical approach inspired by classic puzzle-solving that their Nazi counterparts simply could not understand."
Does that mean human imagination trumps mechanical brute number crunching?
Currently reading "Triggers" by Robert Sawyer and this code is referenced in the novel.
Schneier.com is a personal website. Opinions expressed are not necessarily those of Co3 Systems, Inc.