Klaus Schmeh

Klaus Schmeh ist Experte für historische Verschlüsselungstechnik. Seine Bücher "Nicht zu knacken" (über die zehn größten ungelösten Verschlüsselungsrätsel) und "Codeknacker gegen Codemacher" (über die Geschichte der Verschlüsselungstechnik) sind Standardwerke. In "Klausis Krypto Kolumne" schreibt er über sein Lieblingsthema.

Bavarian artist Martin Dorn has provided me a seven-pages encrypted manuscript. Can a reader decipher it?

A video documentary presents new facts about the history of the Enigma in the 1930s and its deciphering in the Second World War.

A French expert team has succeeded in factorizing a 795 bit prime number product. This is a new world record. The old one (768 bit) dated from 2009.

Belgian scholar Michael Florent van Langren (1598-1675) proposed a naval navigation method that didn’t work. A second method he developed might be described a cryptogram that has never been solved.

A children’s book from the 1980s contains numerous encrypted and hidden messages. Can a reader solve four of these?

On Cocos Island in the eastern Pacific, a “treasure” consisting of works created by 40 modern artists is buried. The exact location is described in an encrypted message. To my knowlege, this cryptogram has never been published.

In 1891, an unknown person published an advertisement in the Morning Post. Five words in this message are encrypted. Can a reader break this cryptogram?

At the “Secret Communications 3” exhibition in Duivendrecht, NL, blog reader Karsten Hansky showed me a wired rotor similar to the ones used by the Enigma. It is probably of Russian origin. Does a reader know more about it?

Today I’m presenting a 26 letter message that has been encrypted with a Playfair cipher. To my knowledge, such a short Playfair cryptogram has never been solved before.

Crypto expert Frode Weierud has published a collection of unsolved cryptograms from 1969. If you’re looking for a challenging codebreaking project, here you go.