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News in 2015
This page contains some of our preview news clippings. Please note that the information below has been written some time ago and my have lost its relevance by now. The information is retained here for historical reasons only.

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OMI cipher machines
23 December 2015

Although we haven't got an OMI cipher machine in our collection yet, we have gathered enough information about them to present some technical details and backgrounds of these hardly known Italian cipher machines.

The first OMI cipher machine was built in 1939, just before the outbreak of WWII, and is very similar to the Zählwerk Enigma.

 OMI cipher machines
 History of OMI
OMI Cryptograph-CR Mark II

Enigma-E kits in stock again
12 December 2015

Here is just a quick message to let you all know that the Enigma-E self-build kits are back in stock again, both at the Bletchley Park Museum shop and at Museum Jan Corver.

 Where to by the Enigma-E
 Order an Enigma-E from BP
 Full description of the Enigma-E kit

Bugged typewriters
26 October 2015

During the 1970s and 80s, the IBM Selectric was a popular typewriter with a unique replaceable print ball that provided superiour quality. It was widely used at the US Embassies around the world for typing classified documents.

Unknown to the Americans however, the Soviets managed to plant bugs inside these typewriters, which remained undiscovered for eight years. Crypto Museum now explains how the bug worked and how they were eventually found.

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Ball-type print head

We need your help
28 September 2015

A few years ago, Crypto Museum aquired the spy radio set shown in the image on the right. It is listed in the Louis Meulstee's book Wireless for the Warrior, Volume 4, as the French 1950s Minature, but we now have reason to believe that it is not French but rather East-European. Please help us identifying this radio set.

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Czechoslovakian spy radios
20 August 2015

In June 2015, Crypto Museum received a large collection of Czechoslovakian spy radio sets and related equipment from a 'former user'.

As a result, we have been able to add an all new section to the spy radio chapter, showing some of the equipment that was used in this former federal communist state.

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300-A transmitter, 300-B PA and 300-C antenna tuner

Secret NSA/Hagelin Agreement
30 July 2015

It has long been rumoured that Crypto AG, a Swiss manufacturer of cryptographic equipment, has worked together with the American NSA on a number of occasions, but evidence for this was never found. Until today that is. In a 28 minute broadcast on BBC Radio 4, the programme Document reveals evidence found in the personal archive of NSA cryptographer William Friedman.

Having worked with the BBC on this, Crypto Museum gives a detailed account of the information found in Friedman's legacy.

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Noreen is alive
15 July 2015

We have recently acquired our very first historical British cipher machine, known as Noreen, or BID/590. After a lot of work and in-depth discussions on the newgroups, we have managed to reconstruct the original Noreen (and Rockex) key tape format and to decode our first real message on the restored machine.

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Noreen cipher machine. Click for further information.

HAM Radio 2015
5 July 2015

From 26 to 29 June 2015, the annual HAM Radio in Friedrichshafen was held. Although this is actually a typical Radio Amateur event, in recent years it has also become a crypto meeting place for collectors from all over the world.

We found a number of desirable collectables and on Friday Marc and Paul held a talk about the Enigma Family Tree at the 3rd Annual Crypto Conference. Read the full story.

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Enigma challenge
28 May 2015

Always wanted to be a codebreaker? Now is your chance. Following the success of the 2012 cryptology challenge on, the team has just launched a new and exiting match. Basic and Advanced level have already started and Enigma-level is about to commence.

So, hurry and follow the footsteps of the Enigma codebreakers.


Enigma M1 found in Denmark
12 May 2015

In 1992 a Danish fisherman found a mysterious machine in the waters of the Vemmingbund Fjord. The machine was given to the Danish Post and Tele Museum were it was kept in storage ever since. Until now that is...

Researchers have now started an investigation in the hope to determine the exact model and age of the machine and the first results have revealed that it is an extremely rare Enigma M1.

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Enigma Corrosion Alert
16 February 2015

Researchers at in the US have discovered that some WWII-era Enigma machines can be seriously damaged by a certain type of light-green lamp filter.

As these filters decompose into acetic acid over time, they can cause corrosion of the key tops, the spare lamps bracket in the top lid of the wooden case and the filter retaining clips.

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