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Here is a fascinating article explaining how a group of French cryptographers cracked a 500 code that reveals a rumoured French plot to kill Charles V – the Holy Roman emperor and king of Spain. If you have time, you can read the article HERE.

In painstaking work backed by computers, Pierrot found “distinct families” of about 120 symbols used by Charles V. “Whole words are encrypted with a single symbol” and the emperor replaced vowels coming after consonants with marks, she said, an inspiration probably coming from Arabic.

In another obstacle, he used meaningless symbols to mislead any adversary trying to decipher the message.

The breakthrough came in June when Pierrot managed to make out a phrase in the letter, and the team then cracked the code with the help of Camille Desenclos, a historian. “It was painstaking and long work but there was really a breakthrough that happened in one day, where all of a sudden we had the right hypothesis,” she said.

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Max Roberts,
Incognito Privacy Care Team.