Cryptography

1 Homework Tasks

Homework Task 1 - The Black Chamber

For centuries, nations around the world have operated Black Chambers, secret rooms where they attempted to decode the messages being sent by their rivals. The French operated the Cabinet Noir, in Vienna the Geheime Kabinets-Kanzlei was the home of Austria's greatest codebreakers, and in Britain there was Room 40 and then Bletchley Park.

Go to http://www.simonsingh.net/The_Black_Chamber/chamberguide.html

Write a brief report on the following three ciphers:

  1. one transposition cipher,
  2. one substitution cipher, and
  3. one advanced cipher.

Homework Task 2 - Research: The One Time Pad(OTP) and the Enigma.

Homework Task 3 - Caesar Cipher Challenges

The Caesar shift cipher replaces every letter with the letter that is a fixed number of places further down the alphabet. For example if the shift is 2, then A is replaced with C, B with D, C with E and so on. Or if there is a shift of 5 then A is replaced with F, B with G, C with H and so on.

  1. Easy:

BZDRZQ’R VHED LTRS AD ZANUD RTROHBHNM

  1. Medium:

LWW RLFW TD OTGTOPO TYEZ ESCPP ALCED ZYP ZQ HSTNS ESP MPWRLP TYSLMTE ESP LBFTELYT LYZESPC ESZDP HSZ TY ESPTC ZHY WLYRFLRP LCP NLWWPO NPWED TY ZFC RLFWD ESP ESTCO LWW ESPDP OTQQPC QCZX PLNS ZESPC TY WLYRFLRP NFDEZXD LYO WLHD

  1. Hard:

KENKMOC PYBDEXK TEFKD

  1. Bonus:

MHILYLZAZBHLXBPZXBLMVYABUHLHWWPBZJSHBKPBZJH LJBZKPJABTHYJHUBTLZAULBAYVU

There are online deciphers but only use them when you are completely stuck!