Yesterday and today about 25 European cipher history experts have met at Smolenice Castle in Slovakia. It was a great event.
Paolo Bonavoglia, Prof. Bernhard Esslinger, Hans Jahr, Nils Kopal, George Lasry, Jerry McCarthy, and Prof. Arno Wacker have three things in common. First, they are crypto history experts, second, they write comments on this blog once in a while, and third, they have been attending the European Historical Ciphers Colloquium (Euro HCC) 2017.
Crypto history in the Carpathians
This year’s Euro HCC has taken place at the castle Smolenice, an extremly beautiful location at the edge of the Carpathian Mountains in western Slovakia, near the capital Bratislava.
The conference started yesterday with an introductiory talk given by John Dermot Turing, the nephew of the famous cryptologist and computer pioneer Alan Turing.
There were many other interesting talks. Some of them covered the Enigma, others addressed topics like automated cryptanalysis with CrypTool, breaking the M-94 cipher, or the crypto activities of Augustus the Younger, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg. Jean-Jacques Quisquater, a renowned cryptologist, gave a talk on the history of public key cryptography this morning. Paolo Bonavoglia exlplained how he broke Pietro Giannone’s encrypted poem.
My own presentation was about German spy ciphers of World War 2. Click here for the slides.
Here’s a video (five minutes) I took at the event (the music is taken from Gerhard Strasser’s presentation; it bears a hidden message, as can be seen at the end of the video):
The future of the Euro HCC
There’s no doubt that the Euro HCC 2017 was a great conference. The event location couldn’t have been more beautiful.
The preparations for next year’s edition of the Euro HCC have already started. It will take place in another country, but again at an interesting venue. The name of the event may be changed. A call for papers with all the relevant information will be published soon. Of course, I will keep my readers informed. I’m looking forward to the Euro HCC 2018!