06 Dec '17, 4pm

via @ElectronicsNews

via @ElectronicsNews

It took just 13 minutes and cost £10. And involved a computer recognise German, from a standing start. A company called Enigma Pattern did it by combining machine learning and artificial intelligence, running its algorithms on cloud servers provided by DigitalOcean, The team taught the artificial intelligence system to recognise the German language by feeding it Grimm’s fairy tales. “After long hours contemplating them, it started to be more and more confident in its classification,” said DigitalOcean. They then recreated the most sophisticated version of Enigma (four rotors navy type, one pair of plugs), which has 15,354,393,600 password variants, in Python. The next step used a virtual ‘bombe’ – the custom electro-mechanical code cracking machines created by Alan Turing and Gordon Welchman, amongst others, and based on the bomba of Polish code breakers. “Just like the bo...

Full article: https://www.electronicsweekly.com/news/ai-cracks-enigma-c...

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