Originally posted by thePharaoh
reply to post by detachedindividual
well wouldnt the code be published somewhere.....by now.
the birds only return home.....so this is a message returning from the front lines....
they were carried by airmen....so this could be coordinates for a target..or news about a target
but i do think that we can break it....someone somewhere would of discussed it...(online/published).we can then pick up the residual elements...then
use our communal ATS brain...to come up with some ideas
also...the pigeon handlers THEMSELVES are still alive
edit on 2-11-2012 by thePharaoh because: (no reason given)
Codes were not static in many cases. There were mathematical equations used to alter a code from one month to the next. There are potentially hundreds
of thousands of varying codes that might have been used for each specific region.
Even now, information is divided between groups so that no one department knows the whole picture. For instance, imagine a defence company builds a
plane... one department will know how two components piece together, but they won't know what those components attach to. One person might have a
blueprint for a specific part, but they won't know where in the plane it connects.
The same applies to intel and code breaking. You don't have everything going back to one group of people, able to be deciphered by everyone. If one
spy was present they could leak everything to the enemy and destroy your entire intelligence network.
You have it divided, so someone working at Bletchley Park leaking something wouldn't mean the enemy has the key to decode every message leaving
France, Spain, Germany, Russia...
Some of the brightest mathematicians were involved in code, and as far as I'm aware we don't have any genius mathematicians on ATS. Even if we did,
there are far too many variables which would make a code specific to the group reading it.
A good example of this is the most basic coding of all. See if you can decipher this.
1, 34, 23,
43, 42, 5,
46, 32, 7,
You won't be able to, but it's the simplest method of coding a message.
I'll tell you why you couldn't break that, because it refers to the pages, lines and words of a specific book that only me and the intended recipient
would have. There are millions of books in the world, pick one and use that between you and as long as no one else knows which book you are using the
code is indecipherable.
edit on 2-11-2012 by detachedindividual because: (no reason given)