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Oct. 8, 2021
WW2 codebreaker to receive French Legion d’Honneur honour
BBC News
Lorna Cockayne, 95, from Christchurch, Dorset, worked at the top-secret Bletchley Park base while serving as a Royal Navy Wren.
Years later she learned she had been working on the world’s first computer to break the Lorenz code used by Hitler to communicate with his commanders.
She was given the Legion d’Honneur medal at a ceremony on Friday.

Oct 1, 2021
Why musicians have all the skills to be the best spies
Classic FM
What do World War II codebreakers at Bletchley Park, a British opera star, and a Renaissance composer have in common? Classic FM explores the intertwined history of music and espionage.

Sept. 25, 2021
What the Mysterious Voynich Manuscript Says About Us
The Wall Street Journal
In a BBC documentary series earlier this year called “Can’t Get You Out of My Head: An Emotional History of the Modern World,” the eccentric British filmmaker Adam Curtis mounted a pastiche of images meant to show that coercive hidden forces underlay contemporary life. He pointed to an ubiquitous “power,” tied to the global information economy, and illustrated his point in part with fragments from a late-medieval codex known as the Voynich manuscript.

Sept. 25, 2021
New centre dedicated to Polish Enigma codebreakers opens in Poznań
NFP – Notes from Poland
The new centre in Poznań – located in the Collegium Martineum building – tells the story of the Polish codebreakers through a combination of historical objects – including an original Enigma machine – and interactive multimedia installations.

Sept. 20, 2021
The Purpose of Encryption and Its Types
The Great Courses Daily News
To avoid surveillance, some people turn to encryption. They code their communications into undecipherable gibberish, to hide it from government scrutiny. But they aren’t always successful. Encryption, as a defensive mechanism, is not a perfect solution. But what it can do is ensure that your information is confidential, and can’t be read by anyone else, without your permission. So how does it work?

Sept 16, 2021
We Cannot Live Without Cryptography!
TechSpot
Your typical day may resemble the above or some aspects of it, but everything that we take for granted in a typical day requires some form of cryptography. A tiny bit of code that keeps us safe in the digital world — who to trust, who we say we are, was our data tampered with before delivery, or even if we are allowed to access a website.

Sept. 1, 2021
The Scandalous History of the Last Rotor Cipher Machine
IEEE Spectrum
Like the Enigma, the HX-63 was an electromechanical cipher system known as a rotor machine. It was the only electromechanical rotor machine ever built by CAG, and it was much more advanced and secure than even the famous Enigmas. In fact, it was arguably the most secure rotor machine ever built.

Aug. 26, 2021
21Country: Recognized at last, efforts of cryptanalyst pioneer Elizebeth Smith Friedman celebrated
wpta21.com
HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WPTA21) – “Not once did she mention anything that she did,” Chris Atchison told ABC21. “I checked with all the cousins, she never talked about anything that she did… not once, to anybody! And it turns out, that she did a lot.” Atchison is speaking of his grandmother, Elizebeth Smith Friedman.
He traveled from Tucson, Ariz., to 21Country for the dedication of state historical marker honoring the remarkable story of Friedman.
“She draws my grandfather into cytology and code breaking, he becomes the preeminent codebreaker in America, breaks the Japanese purple code,” he continued. “ …

Oct. 15, 2021
What is cryptography? How algorithms keep information secret and safe
Public keys, private keys, and hash functions make the secure internet possible.

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