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Distributed computing cracks Enigma code
cnet news ^ | 2/27/06 | Graeme Wearden

Posted on 02/27/2006 3:51:57 PM PST by SirTaurus

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. That version was considered by Germany to be completely unbreakable, as it could be set up in any one of a vast number of ways (2 times 10 to the 145th power), each of which would encrypt a plain text message differently.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: code; computing; cracks; distributed; enigma
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interesting I thjought ..imagine the power of a distributed FREEP
1 posted on 02/27/2006 3:51:59 PM PST by SirTaurus
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To: SirTaurus

So what did the messages say?


2 posted on 02/27/2006 3:53:59 PM PST by Mount Athos
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To: soccer_maniac

Folding Ping


3 posted on 02/27/2006 3:54:39 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Mount Athos

"DRINK MORE OVALTINE"


4 posted on 02/27/2006 3:54:54 PM PST by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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To: SirTaurus; All

Join FR's distributed computing team

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5 posted on 02/27/2006 3:55:00 PM PST by soccer_maniac (Do some good while browsing FR --> Join our Folding@Home Team# 36120: keyword: folding@home)
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To: Mount Athos
There were three messages and each was different

Message 1

Roosevelt sucks

Message 2

Leave the gun, take the strudel

Message 3

All your base are belong to us 

Well, you asked.... 

6 posted on 02/27/2006 3:56:29 PM PST by Phsstpok (There are lies, damned lies, statistics and presentation graphics, in descending order of truth)
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To: Mount Athos

and the answer is:

The translation of the message is as follows:

Radio signal 1851/19/252: "F T 1132/19 contents: 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)."


7 posted on 02/27/2006 3:56:44 PM PST by SirTaurus (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country!)
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To: Mount Athos

"Be sure to drink your Ovaltine".


8 posted on 02/27/2006 3:56:48 PM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: Mount Athos
So what did the messages say?

Radio signal 1851/19/252: "F T 1132/19 contents: 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)."


9 posted on 02/27/2006 3:57:11 PM PST by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: Petronski

Ha ha ha ha GOOD ONE! From A Christmas Story


10 posted on 02/27/2006 3:58:22 PM PST by buffyt (America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people. Pres. George Bush)
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To: Mount Athos

Achtung! Auf Wiedersehen und danke für die fisch...


11 posted on 02/27/2006 3:58:32 PM PST by null and void (Imagine what they would be doing if it wasn't a religion of peace!!!)
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To: Mount Athos
So what did the messages say?

All your base are belong to us!

12 posted on 02/27/2006 4:01:04 PM PST by Jambe ( Save the Cows ! -- Eat a Vegan !!!)
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To: Mount Athos

"How do you spell enigma again?"


13 posted on 02/27/2006 4:02:34 PM PST by xcamel (One should hope Global Dumbing is reversible.)
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To: Jambe

Post collision with #6 !


14 posted on 02/27/2006 4:02:48 PM PST by Jambe ( Save the Cows ! -- Eat a Vegan !!!)
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To: Jambe

Post collision with #6 !


15 posted on 02/27/2006 4:02:51 PM PST by Jambe ( Save the Cows ! -- Eat a Vegan !!!)
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To: buffyt; Petronski; darkwing104

I was very worried that we might lose WWII. Can we now declare that we won?


16 posted on 02/27/2006 4:04:21 PM PST by ARealMothersSonForever
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To: Mount Athos
So what did the messages say?

We stuned them with our beebers.

17 posted on 02/27/2006 4:04:42 PM PST by builder (I don't want a piece of someone else's pie)
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To: SirTaurus

The enigma was an absolute wonder.


18 posted on 02/27/2006 4:05:15 PM PST by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: darkwing104

"Radio signal 1851/19/252: "F T 1132/19 "

Wonder which sub it was that sent it? Right out of "Das Boot"


19 posted on 02/27/2006 4:06:43 PM PST by dynachrome ("Where am I? Where am I going? Why am I in a handbasket?")
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To: spetznaz

follow the source link and cnet has some real nice images of the beast


20 posted on 02/27/2006 4:07:02 PM PST by SirTaurus (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country!)
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