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Mass layoffs at Crypto International AG
4 July 2020

According to the Swiss newspaper Neue Züricher Zeitung (NZZ), Crypto Internal AG (CIAG), announced yesterday that it will lay off 83 of its 85 staff, which is effectively the entire workforce. CIAG was established two years ago by Swedish entrepreneurs Emma and Andreas Linde, when they purchased part of the product portfolio of the former Crypto AG (Hagelin).

In February, journalists from the Washington Post, German televion ZDF and Swiss television SRF, had revealed that for many years, the equipment from Crypto AG has been manipulated by BND and CIA, under the name Operation RUBICON. Following these revelations, the Swiss Government has withdrown the export licence of CIAG and has announced a formal criminal investigation.

 Read the NZZ article

Maximator: European five-eyes revealed
7 April 2020

In an article in Intelligence and National Security, Dutch Professor of computer security Bart Jacobs reveals the existence of a secret signals intelligence partnership that can be seen as the European equivalent of the UKUSA Five Eyes. The partnership — known as MAXIMATOR — started in the late 1970s and comprises Denmark, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands and France. It is believed that it is still active today.

 Full article
 Argos Radio (Dutch)
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Operation RUBICON
19 March 2020

The full story of Operation RUBICON — the secret purchase of Crypto AG (Hagelin) by the American CIA and the German BND — is now available on the Crypto Museum website.

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 In the media
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Philips helped the CIA to spy on Turkey
20 February 2020

Today, the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant, revealed how Philips created a superchip to eavesdrop on the diplomatic traffic of many countries, including Turkey. This was done by supplying these countries with a rigged version of the Aroflex cipher machine.

 Volkskrant website
 More about Aroflex
Philips Aroflex

The intelligence coup of the century
11 February 2020

For many years it has been speculated that the cipher machines of Crypto AG (Hagelin) have exploitable weaknesses (backdoors) that can be used by Western intelligence services to break encrypted messages. From the Friedman Collection we already knew that a secret unwritten Gentleman's Agreement existed between Hagelin and the American NSA from 1951 onwards.

But the actual story is almost unimaginable. Investigative journalists of the German TV station ZDF, and the American newspaper Washington Post, have now discovered that in 1970, Crypto AG was secretly purchased by the German Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) and the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in a covert operation named RUBICON. For several decades it enabled NSA – and its German sister ZfCh - to read nearly all diplomatic traffic of the countries that were on the CIA/NSA target list.

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Over the course of the next few days and weeks, several news media will report about Operation RUBICON, starting tonight with the German ZDF television program Frontal-21, And tomorrow morning, the US newspaper The Washington Post will give a detailed account of the operation. Crypto Museum will provide detailed technical backgrounds at a later moment. Coming soon...

Enigma. We have got news.
6 December 2019

It is widely known that the Poles were the first to break the Enigma cipher, and that – just before the outbreak of WWII – they shared their know­ledge with French and British intelligence, during a secret meeting in Pyry (Poland). However, the exact details of the Pyry meeting have so far never been found in French or British archives.

In this video, Polish writer Marek Grajek presents new facts about the breaking of Enigma, based on files disclosed by French intelligence in 2016, and comments on it together with Sir Dermot Turing and Prof. Philippe Guillot.

 Watch the video (English subtitles)
 Same videowith French subtitles
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Secret Communications 3
4 June 2019

Following the success of our earlier exhibitions in 2013 and 2016, Crypto Museum has once again teamed up with Athur Bauer's Foundation for German Communication in Duivendrecht (Netherlands) for an exhibition that will open in November of this year.

 More information
Resonant cavity microphone for 360 MHz

NSA intervention in The Netherlands
20 April 2019

The Dutch investigative radio program Argos will today reveal how the NSA changed the algorithm of an existing consumer encryption device, with help from multinational electronics giant Philips.

The story, which dates back to 1983, involves a pocket computer with built-in DES encryption, and even Nelson Mandela. Discover how the PX-1000 – developed by Text Lite and marketed as a pocket telex – was weakened to give the NSA an advantage over other agencies.

 Replay the broadcast
 About the PX-1000
Original PX-1000 made in 1983

KGB Spy Museum opens in New York City
17 January 2019

Today, the exciting new KGB Spy Museum in Manhattan (New York) opens its doors to the press. Over the past few months Lithuanian collector Julius Urbaitis and his daughter Agne have been working hard to bring an interesting and diverse collection of Cold War Spy gadgets together in their new 4000 square-feet museum at 245 West 14th Street in New York.

The museum will be dedicated to the history of the KGB and its far-reaching operations over the years. There are many artifacts, including spy cameras, spy radios, concealment devices, cipher machines, etc.

 More about the museum
 KGB Spy Museum website
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