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UK code breakers drop Bombe, Enigma and Typex simulators onto the web for all to try

UK signals intelligence agency GCHQ, celebrating its centenary, has released emulators for famed World War II-era cipher machines that can be run within its web-based educational encryption app CyberChef.

"We've brought technology from our past into the present by creating emulators for Enigma, Typex and the Bombe in #CyberChef," GCHQ said Thursday via Twitter. "We even tested them against the real thing! Try them out for yourself!"

In keeping with its interest in codes, both past and present, GCHQ has emulated Enigma, Bombe, and Typex in software, through CyberChef, a web app that debuted in 2016. The surveillance outfit describes CyberChef as "a simple, intuitive web app for analyzing and decoding data without having to deal with complex tools or programming languages." Its source code is available on GitHub.


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