Wired article on the Copiale Cipher…

With a tip of the hat to Dave Oranchak’s zodiackillerciphers.com (where I saw it mentioned), the cipher news du jour is that hyperbullish tech magazine Wired has just posted a nice article giving the inside story on how the various collaborators all played their part in cracking the Copiale Cipher (which I covered here and here). I particularly relished the picture of the Oculist blindfold (a blindfold with lenses? Really?), but everyone’s different, right?

Anyway, no need for any more snarky comments from me, it’s a perfectly good article, so go and enjoy it! :-)


  1. avatar Diane O’Donovan November 18, 2012 3:28 am

    or conversely…

    Their monasteries were safe houses where thinkers could explore everything from the laws of physics to the rights of man to the nature of God, all hidden from the oppressive eyes of greedy kings and crackpot societies.

    All in your point of eyebrow, i suppose.

  2. avatar Matthias November 19, 2012 3:57 pm

    Check out the online Copiale Cipher Encoder: copiale dot net


  3. avatar nickpelling November 19, 2012 5:38 pm

    Matthias: very nice, thanks! :-)


  4. avatar Diane O’Donovan November 22, 2012 8:52 am

    Nick, Yet again I’ve had to post a link to your blog. Not that it’s likely to bring you droves of new readers; a matter of honour if that’s not a pretentious idea.

  5. avatar Diane O’Donovan November 23, 2012 8:03 am

    Just a thought – Nick have you ever thought of publishing a ‘Best of Ciphermysteries’ – maybe a series?

    I can see how it might become the basic handbook and ready reference, for Vms studies at least.

    Perhaps the idea doesn’t appeal, but I daresay many other would jump at it, as would I.

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