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Enigma code cracked by M4 project

Marc Perton

What Alan Turing and the cryptographers of Bletchley Park started, distributed computing has finished. The M4 Project, which started its work less than two months ago, has cracked the first of three encrypted Nazi messages from 1942, which were never decoded during World War II. Using open source software, the team cracked a message that was apparently sent by a German sub, which said it was "forced to submerge" during a battle. Next up: two more messages leftover from the war, after which we assume the project will tackle the Vernam cipher.


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