Enigma Machine (by Sandeep Darapuneni)

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What is the Flaw
in Enigma?

1.   
The
Enigma Machine had one notable limitation, that a letter cannot be encrypted as
itself.

2.   
It
could also be said that how the Germans used the machine allowed the British to
crack it more easily. The Germans sent many daily messages, and would normally
end their messages with ‘Heil Hitler’, meaning that the British could eliminate
many possibilities by knowing this. 

 

What did the
allies do to crack it?

 

The British used the fact that a letter cannot be encrypted as itself and
created ‘The Bomb’, a machine that would go through all of the possibilities
until it decoded the message. This machine was used by the British to regularly
intercept Nazi messages, and it is estimated that the war would have went on
for around 3 more years if ‘The Bomb’ wasn’t created.

 

#exploremaths

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