[Cryptography] Hypothetical WWII cipher machine.

Ray Dillinger bear at sonic.net
Tue Jul 21 15:52:34 EDT 2015

On 07/20/2015 04:01 PM, Tom Mitchell wrote:

> Stronger than Enigma, one page illustration, .... in "fiction" could
> prove an interesting challenge for the TLAs and ITAR regulations.

I believe that might have been part of the motivation behind the
Solitaire cipher from Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson.  Solitaire
is no longer considered secure by modern standards, but it is a heck
of a lot more secure than Enigma.

> Heck printing an enhanced Enigma machine might be more of a
> threat than a 3D printed handgun.  Common wire, springs from
> ball point pens, brass rivets, 3D printer and bob is 'yer uncle.
> Yes software weighs less.

And software runs on a device that communicates with other
devices invisibly, which can have other software running on
it.... and which has a long history of the combination of those
two things being exploited to steal passwords and plaintexts.


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