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Re: Flying Saucers - The Greatest Lie Ever Told

From: Cathy Reason <Cathym.nul>
Date: Sun, 3 Jun 2012 19:02:02 +0100
Archived: Mon, 04 Jun 2012 09:14:17 -0400
Subject: Re: Flying Saucers - The Greatest Lie Ever Told

>From: Don Ecsedy <don.nul>
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
>Date: Thu, 31 May 2012 11:17:18 -0400 (EDT)
>Subject: Re: Flying Saucers - The Greatest Lie Ever Told

>Why would the Soviets encrypt news stories in peacetime?

>There were no odds of the Luftwaffe or U-Boats interferring with
>their delivery. Why not just put the clippings, collected by
>their embassies and consulates, in a 'diplomatic pouch', and fly
>them to the Kremlin?

As I understand the story Mr Carrion is telling, the Soviets were
encrypting all their communications from the US using one-time
pads. However up to the mid 1940s, some of these one-time pads
were re-used, which allows a cryptanalyst an entry into breaking
the ciphers. This practice stopped by the mid 1940s, but by
then enough traffic had been accumulated for a team of analysts
to spend the best part of four decades trying to decipher it.
The fact that it took nearly forty years - plus the fact that,
apparently, less than twenty percent of the traffic was
ultimately deciphered - shows just how extremely difficult it can
be to break a one-time cipher, even when you have a crib. And
this is where the story seems to break down.

If it's true that, after the mid 1940s, the Soviets were using
one-time pads and weren't re-using them, then these ciphers
could not have been broken using a known plaintext attack. So
"gardening" would have been completely useless. So for Mr
Carrion's story to make any sense at all, the cipher which
constituted the target for this "gardening" approach must have
been something else. And it's not clear to me what it was,
assuming it existed.


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