Swedes up Hacking ante

Lisa & Ian Murray seamus at accessone.com
Thu Oct 12 14:21:29 PDT 2000

full article http://www.nytimes.com/2000/10/12/technology/12R-CODE2.html

October 12, 2000 Swedish Computer Team Crack 10 of the World's Toughest Codes By REUTERS ONDON, Oct. 12 -- A team of Swedish computer buffs have fought off thousands of rivals from around the world to crack what was billed as the toughest code challenge ever set.

It took the Swedes the equivalent of 70 years of computer time to decipher 10 increasingly difficult codes set by author Simon Singh in his international bestseller "The Code Book."

They ranged from ciphers dating back to ancient Greece through Victorian codes and the famed Nazi Enigma code machine from World War Two.

"It is the toughest code that has ever been cracked," Singh said on

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