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Title:
Examining The Dorabella Cipher with Three Lesser-Known Cryptanalysis Methods
Author:
Klaus Schmeh: Freelanced Journalist
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Year:
2018
Conference:
Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Historical Cryptology HistoCrypt 2018
Issue:
149
Article no.:
026
Pages:
145-152
No. of pages:
8
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2018-06-13
ISBN:
978-91-7685-252-1
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet


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Most mono-alphabetic substitution ciphers (MASCs) can be solved with well-known techniques, like frequency analysis, or hill climbing. However, there are exceptions. It therefore makes sense to look around for additional MASC solving techniques—like the ones described in the book Cryptanalysis by Helen Fouché Gaines. These techniques—vowel detection, digram analysis, and consonant lining—have been almost forgotten since the advent of computer technology. In this paper, two of these methods (the third one is not suitable) will be applied on a famous unsolved cryptogram, the Dorabella Cryptogram, and on an unencrypted comparison text. Although this paper will not present a solution of the Dorabella Cryptogram, a number of interesting insights will be introduced. Especially, it will be shown that one of the methods applied works surpsingly well on the comparison text and that there are still ways to improve this technique. In addition, some interesting properties of the Dorabella Cryptogram will be presented, which might be helpful for further cryptanalysis.

Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Historical Cryptology HistoCrypt 2018

Author:
Klaus Schmeh
Title:
Examining The Dorabella Cipher with Three Lesser-Known Cryptanalysis Methods
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Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Historical Cryptology HistoCrypt 2018

Author:
Klaus Schmeh
Title:
Examining The Dorabella Cipher with Three Lesser-Known Cryptanalysis Methods
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