HomeNewsBusinessCultureHealthVideoNewsletter

Israeli Researcher Cracks 'Unsolvable' WWI Encryption Code

After 100 years of futile attempts at solving the 'double transportation cipher' Israeli tech expert George Lasry has successfully done it

By: NoCamels Team
Published: December 26th, 2013 in Business » Israel

During WWI and WWII, one encryption method, called “the double transportation cipher”, was widely used by all sides to pass along messages without the enemy being able to to decipher their meaning. And it seems the encryption method really was undecipherable, as for the last 100 years, it had never been cracked. That is, until Israeli George Lasry took a crack at it.

“East-German and Soviet intelligence used it in the cold war,” Lasry told Israeli news source Haaretz. “It was used for communication between spies in places such as West-Germany when contacting their headquarters.”

Lasry came across the code when a German researcher called Klaus Schmeh published a riddle using it. The riddle, suggested by the former head of West-Germany’s encryption and cracking unit Otto Leiberich, was designed to prove that the code could not be cracked.

“On November 25 2013, I received an email from someone in Israel called George Lasry who claimed he cracked the code, and he also sent me the solution,” Schmeh wrote in the German magazine Focus. “I was surprised to see that the solution was correct and thus essentially a solution was found to a problem that was considered unsolvable for 100 years. This is, in my opinion, one of the most significant breakthroughs in code-cracking in recent years.”

The double transportation cipher uses two character keys, each one 20-25 characters long. To crack the entire code, one would have to check approx. 10 to the 50th power options. That is an equation that cannot be run by any known computer. “Whoever tries to explore [the cipher] needs to try and break the problem into several elements and not try and solve the whole thing at once,” Lasry told Haaretz. “If you can break the problem apart, then each solution is simpler than all of it mixed together.”

Until recently, Lasry served as VP Development in several high-tech firms, but he never lost his love of cryptography, which developed during his military service in the elite intelligence unit 8200. Lasry’s solution, which will be published in Cryptologia magazine, will now enable similar problems to be solved within minutes.

This article published on No Camels - Israeli Innovation News

Related articles: Business News, Internet, Code, Hacker, WWI, WWII, George Lasry, Encryption Code
0 times
The Chip That Lets You Know if Your Dog is

Israeli startup Oggii offers a $30 product that monitors your dog’s movements to measure its overall health

Israeli Startup Brings Playful Learning to the Workplace

Wheeldo has developed a platform that makes learning fun for employees

Israeli Researcher Cracks 'Unsolvable' WWI Encryption Code

After 100 years of futile attempts at solving the 'double transportation cipher' Israeli tech expert George Lasry has successfully done it

Startup Club: Interlude

Israeli-based Interlude may have entirely revolutionized the way we watch videos, introducing a new interactive platform to the medium, and charming the music industry with its video for Bob Dylan's 'Like a Rolling Stone'

Send Smells Through Your Smartphones & Tablets with Scent2You

The Israeli startup's company latest product, Scentasia, which sends scents via apps on your smartphones and devices, looks to revolutionize the way we receive smells

Israel Gets World’s First Vegan Domino’s Pizza

International pizza chain is now serving vegan pizza, exclusively in Israel

The Chip That Lets You Know if Your Dog is

Israeli startup Oggii offers a $30 product that monitors your dog’s movements to measure its overall health

Israeli Startup Brings Playful Learning to the Workplace

Wheeldo has developed a platform that makes learning fun for employees

Israeli Researcher Cracks 'Unsolvable' WWI Encryption Code

After 100 years of futile attempts at solving the 'double transportation cipher' Israeli tech expert George Lasry has successfully done it

Startup Club: Interlude

Israeli-based Interlude may have entirely revolutionized the way we watch videos, introducing a new interactive platform to the medium, and charming the music industry with its video for Bob Dylan's 'Like a Rolling Stone'

Send Smells Through Your Smartphones & Tablets with Scent2You

The Israeli startup's company latest product, Scentasia, which sends scents via apps on your smartphones and devices, looks to revolutionize the way we receive smells

Israel Gets World’s First Vegan Domino’s Pizza

International pizza chain is now serving vegan pizza, exclusively in Israel

news_scroll_down
OUR FACEBOOK FANS
Blogs
Take Responsibility for Your Own

The 19 year old sophomore sat on the exam table looking at the floor. A college student with obvious charm

The Stanford Prison Experiment at

In 1971, researchers set up a prison in the basement of Stanford University's Psychology Department. The idea was to

U.S. vs. Europe: Health Care

As I have tried to make abundantly clear the United States is the only country in the industrialized world that

Hands Off America

Alright, that does it.Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Americans have been willing to do their part for

Fat Returns After Liposuction ...

A study appeared in a journal titled “Obesity” which was reported by a group from the University of Colorado. In

What does Victory Look Like?

Sixty-five years ago today, World War II officially came to an end. On September 2, 1945, Japanese Foreign Minister

Share This Story With Your Friends!

Your Name:

Friend's Name:

E-Mail:

Friend's E-Mail:

(This information will not be displayed publicly)

Optional Message: