Atbash Cipher Atbash Cipher
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This is the first in a series of missions inspired by classical cryptography. In this mission we will take a look at the Atbash cipher.

Atbash is one of the oldest known ciphers, created in Middle East around 600 B.C.; the first known examples of it can be found in the Dead Sea Scrolls (ancient religious Hebrew manuscripts), where it was used to encrypt certain important names and words.

Atbash is an example... cipher. In this type of ciphers each letter of the message (or ) is mapped to a single correspinding letter of the ciphertext. in case of Atbash the plaintext alphabet is simply mapped to it's reverse, so that the first letter is replaced with the last, the second letter - with the second to last and so on. For example, the message "Hello, world!" is enciphered to "Swool, dliow!". The substitution table (for Latin alphabet) looks like this:

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