OT: Cryptography puzzle

rzed rzantow at ntelos.net
Wed Jun 2 19:08:41 CEST 2004


Peter Maas <peter.maas at mplusr.de> wrote in
news:c9khvt$aqo$1 at swifty.westend.com: 

> fishboy schrieb:
>>>When cryptography becomes illegal, jkdf ertjgdd wer k opogl
>>>ssfd! 
> [...]
>>>Curious as I was, I wanted to decrypt the end. At first I
>>>thought that it was ROT-13, and tried that. Nope. Then I saw
>>>the lone "k" in the middle, and thought that it must be "a", so
>>>I tried ROT-16. Wrong again. I also tried all other rotations,
>>>from 1 to 26, to no avail. Does anyone have any ideas what to
>>>try next? 
> [...]
>> Well, it's an anagram for 'lord dog jet fwd jerk pkg'
> 
> That's the best contribution to cryptography since:
> 
> sdohtem noitpyrcne devorppa tnemnrevog troppus I
> 
>:))
> 
> Mit freundlichen Gruessen,
> 
> Peter Maas
> 

This thread reminds me of my favorite highly-insecure encryption 
method. It does give a moment's pause to those intent on decoding 
such things, and works far better with longer messages than short, 
but it can bring a smile at least, and will completely fool a child 
of six for several hours. Here's an example of some encoded text:

*[
Thgi snia lpn itxetht iw tpyrcedtp yrcn ednasdn ei rfruoy ezamaye. 
Ko nse ri uqer dn alair et amlautxet sedo. Ce ddnas edoc nehto 
(1853, 1927), bmargo rpemase ($315.23) hty lfeht noe-docedot reikc, 
irteltti lasi ta h thguoh tlaffuts la utxetn on reh tod. Nas tnuo 
marallo dset adhtiws kro wtimrof detpyrc neronial, pni daerebna ct 
ire. Doced laut canatuo hti wnevede/tpyrced ebyl idae rn actxe 
tsiht!
]*

-- 
rzed




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