Latest Bletchley Park Stories

Winners Of Code Breaking Competition Announced
2013-01-21 13:09:20

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Breaking a code in a competition is usually something that could merit a disqualification, unless that competition happens to be in the field of code breaking. On Monday, it was announced a team from the City of London School has broken a code and in the process won a national competition, now in its 11th year. The event was organized by Southampton University with support from Britain's Government Communication Headquarters...

WWII Carrier Pigeon Message Stumps Experts
2012-11-28 05:32:21

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A coded message found attached to the remains of a D-Day military carrier pigeon may never be decoded, Britain´s top code-breakers say. The pigeon's skeleton was discovered in 1982 in the chimney of a 17th-century home in Surrey when the homeowner, a retired British probation officer named David Martin, was renovating the fireplace. The hand-written message was found in a red capsule still attached to the pigeon's leg...

2011-05-29 06:05:00

Four code-breaking machines used during World War II -- of which one is a fully functioning rebuild -- was presented at the opening of the new Tunny Gallery at the National Museum of Computing last week. The gallery shows the entire wartime code-breaking process from intercept to decrypt and recognizes the remarkable achievements of the men and women who were part of the whole process back in the 1940s. The rebuild of a Tunny machine that produced the final decrypts of enciphered...

2011-02-26 06:35:00

The National Heritage Memorial Fund has saved an archive of WWII papers from the United Kingdom's most famous code-breaker, Alan Turing, in an 11th-hour bid that kept the collection of scientific papers from going to a private buyer. Turing, one of the founding fathers of modern computing and a key figure in breaking the German Enigma code, will now have his work kept in its "spiritual home," Bletchley Park, which was the center of Britain's top secret code-breaking effort during the war....

2009-12-22 11:50:00

GLASTONBURY, Conn., Dec. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- TopCoder®, Inc., today announced the winning algorithm in a coding competition challenging competitors to crack the famous World War II Enigma encryption machine. Building on some of the ideas of his predecessors, TopCoder member Po-Ru Loh, aka ploh, a Ph.D. student in Mathematics at MIT, was able to partially defeat the machine with consistency. Although Loh's winning algorithm was unable to crack the complex code every time,...

2009-09-03 15:05:00

Britain's oldest original computer is being sent to the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley, where it will undergo a one-year restoration project. The Harwell system was originally designed in 1949 to perform mathematical calculations, and ran from 1951 to 1973. The state-of-the-art computer measured roughly 8 ft. x 16 ft.  when it was originally built by a team of three people at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment in Harwell, Oxfordshire.  The establishment staff used...

2008-09-09 12:00:16

MILTON KEYNES, England and MENLO PARK, Calif., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park has today received a major boost from PGP Corporation and IBM who have made contributions to help expand and modernise the museum and to enhance the educational opportunities it offers. This takes it one step closer to ensuring the long term survival of Europe's largest collection of fully functional computers. A dedicated website (http://www.pgp.com/stationx) to...

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