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Giv‘atayim, Israel

Lasry G.,Mishmar Hayarden Street
Cryptologia | Year: 2014

The double transposition cipher was considered to be one of the most secure types of manual ciphers. It was extensively used in both World Wars and during the Cold War. In 1999, Otto Leiberich, the former head of the German federal office for information security, suggested that a double transposition challenge be published with specific parameters designed to ensure its security. Such a challenge was published by Klaus Schmeh in 2007. In November 2013, the authors solved the challenge using a ciphertext-only hill climbing attack. They also solved the challenge using a dictionary attack. In this article, they describe both methods, which are based on a "divide-and-conquer" approach. They additionally discuss the impact of their solutions with respect to the general security of the double transposition cipher. © 2014 Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Source

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