German cipher expert Nils Kopal has produced a number of interesting crypto videos. His CrypTool 2 Youtube channel is a must-see for everybody interested in classical cryptography.
Frequent readers of this blog certainly know Nils Kopal, a German crypto maniac and crypto specialist, who is the main developer of the crypto e-learning software CrypTool 2. The following picture of Nils was taken at the Euro HCC 2017 in Smolenice, Slovakia.
When I recently blogged about the infamous Zodiac Killer and his encrypted letters, I mentioned a nice video Nils has created and made accessible on YouTube:
This video shows how the first message of the Zodiac Killer, also known as Z-408, can be solved with the software CrypTool 2. Unfortunately, neither CrypTool 2 nor any other person or software has ever broken any of the remaining three Zodiac cryptograms.
The Zodiac Killer video is by far not the only one Nils has created. In fact, Nils even operates a YouTube channel dedicated to crypto basics and codebreaking: The CrypTool 2 channel. As the name suggests, the software CrypTool 2 plays a major role in this channel. The following trailer gives a short introduction:
One of Nils’s videos is about the double columnar transposition (DCT) and how George Lasry solved a challenge cryptogram made by me with this method in 2007. I like this video particularly well because I’m mentioned in it.
At the moment, twelve videos are available on the CrypTool 2 channel and I’m sure the current Coronavirus crisis won’t keep Nils from producing more. As a last recommendation, here is how the CrypTool 2 software solves the first two messages on the Kryptos sculpture: