I am often asked whether the Germans had any idea that the British were successfully breaking Enigma during the war. Surely, they say, there were German spies in Britain who would have been able to pick up some clues, and to report their findings back to Germany? It often comes as a surprise to them … Continue reading Did the Nazis know the British were breaking the Enigma codes?
How many Enigma machines are there left in the world? This is a question frequently asked at my Enigma presentations. It is impossible to answer this precisely, as nobody knows. There is no obligation on the owner of an Enigma machine to register it in any way – it’s not, after all, a transmitter – but … Continue reading How many Enigma machines are there left?
This year marks 100 years since the precursor of the Enigma machine was first patented by Arthur Scherbius. Although known best as the enciphering machine used by the Nazis during World War Two, the Enigma machine in fact pre-dates the war and was available commercially until the late 1920s, after which the German government swallowed … Continue reading War Hackers: Why Breaking Enigma is still relevant to cybersecurity today
In late February, I flew to California with my Enigma Machine to deliver presentations on ‘The Greatest Hack in History’ at the request of a number of major tech companies including FaceBook, PayPal and Dropbox. I was also invited to speak at the major tech news network CNET, who then wrote an article about my visit (which you can … Continue reading Enigma Machine visits Silicon Valley Tech Companies