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Oct 9 09 2:43 PM

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Wartime radio operator recognised

Radio Amateur Albert Garforth G3IGC has received a letter from the Prime Minister expressing the country's 'deepest gratitude' for the vital services he performed at Bletchley Park during WWII.

From BBC News

A radio operator from Greater Manchester, who helped unlock German coded messages during World War II, has been recognised for his efforts.

Albert Garforth G3IGC, 83, of Foxdenton Lane, Middleton Junction, spent the last year of the war helping the code-breakers at Bletchley Park unlock the Enigma code. Their work meant the Allies gained vital information about German troop movements, securing victory in 1945.

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May 11 10 1:11 AM


Enigma cracked again

An Enigma message sent over 65 years ago and thought to have been unbroken to this day has been cracked by a group of volunteer computer enthusiasts.
The 2,700+ strong group has been using nearly 4,500 individual computers in a massive international effort to decode surviving unbroken messages.
The interface uses the standard BOINC distributed computing client software, and anyone can take part in the project.
To carry out the work of the project so far, a single computer would have to be left running for over 4000 years, such is the complexity of the Enigma system- a true testament to it's original design.
Here is a link to the project web site:

Our thanks to Greg Smith, M3TMH for spotting this item

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May 11 10 9:43 AM

There is no telling how many of our troops he saved by breaking the code. Glad the Germans did not have all the news media we have today or they would known that the code was broken the first day! Hats off Albert to you from a Vet. 

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May 11 10 10:08 AM

My first thought was," my god it took 'em long enough" He was working in the war effort in 1944 (!) and it took until 2010, 66 years to give him a commendation.! What happened, did it get lost in the post ? 

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Aug 19 15 3:02 AM

How NSA and GCHQ spied on the Cold War world

American and British intelligence used a secret relationship with the founder of a Swiss encryption company to help them spy during the Cold War, newly released documents analysed by the BBC reveal.

The story of the German Enigma machine is well-known - a device built to provide secure communications but which British code-breakers managed to crack at Bletchley Park.

But there is another story - not fully told until now - about what came after.

The demand for machines like Enigma grew after the end of the World War Two. And one private company led the way in meeting that demand.

That company, founded by a man called Boris Hagelin, was called Crypto AG.

Read the full BBC News story:

Our thanks to Stephen, G7VFY for spotting this item

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