Enigma encryption machine from World War II sells for $233,000

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Was the winning bidder a Mr. Hobbs Baranov?

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I just hope the new owner doesn’t have a fleet of U-Boats, otherwise we’ve done a very, very stupid thing.


Correction: the Polish secret service, Biuro Szyfrów, made the first bomby, using information gleaned by the French. They gave the technical specs for the bomby (Polish word, btw) to their allies, the French and British, when Poland was invaded. French and Polish agents who were captured by the Nazis kept the secret of Enigma being broken throughout the war.


Now we know how OPM is planning to prevent another breach.

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If the mysterious buyer can afford that kind of expensive humour, he could gift the Enigma to the German government. They will get the joke.

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I wonder if James Comey bought it, in order to put some important technical detail behind his crusade for adequately inadequate encryption?

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Wow, over a quarter of a million dollars!

makes this even a bigger bargain!

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