Grille Cipher Attack

Grille Cipher Attack


This is the fourth mission inspired by classical cryptography. In this mission we will attempt to break the Rotating Grille cipher. For more info on grille cipher check out missions Cipher Map and Rotating Grille Cipher - it's highly recommended that you've solved them before trying this one.

In cryptanalysis, Known Plaintext Attack , or KPA , is a mode of attack on a cipher where the analyst has access to both the ciphertext and to the corresponding plaintext; those can be used to derive the secret key and decipher all further messages encrypted with it. Some types of ciphers are very vulnerable to KPA: for instance, Caesar's cipher can be broken knowing just one pair of corresponding plaintext and ciphertext symbols; in other cases, finding the key requires a bit more work.

In this task we'll try to perform known plaintext attack on the rotating grille cipher. First, let's quickly go over the algorithm: the key to encryption is a square stencil with holes cut in it (in this mission we will use grille of size 8x8); the sender places the grille on a sheet and writes the first 16 letters of the message; then, turning the grille 90 degrees clockwise, the second 16 are written, and so on until the grid is filled. To decrypt a message,...

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