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If information indeed is power, then GCHQ is undoubtedly the closest thing the British government has to the Death Star. As the historian Richard J Aldrich notes in the introduction to his excellent new history of the Cheltenham-based agency it represents by far our largest, most expensive, most productive - and yet most secret …


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  1. Anonymous Coward

    Look forward to getting this

    And winding a couple of my friends up by showing them it.

    One advantage of having mates that work for GCHQ :-)

    1. Anonymous Coward


      Your friends must realy love you then Simon.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    This is all very well.

    But why tell everyone?

  3. whitespacephil

    Holiday reading

    I don't normally do books, but as it's coming up to summer and there might be a beach with my name on it, why not?

    I'll have one of those, please.

  4. Blue eyed boy
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    1. Josco


      57 68 61 74 20 74 68 65 20 63 68 75 66 66 20 69 73 20 68 65 20 6f 6e 20 61 62 6f 75 74 3f

      1. Charlie Oscar

        best gues

        Best guess is a letter shift of some kind, but with out a starting point its tough to beat

      2. Ugotta B. Kiddingme
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        but inquiring Yanks want to know...

        WTF is "chuff" in this context?

      3. Blue eyed boy


        Quite chuffed to have deciphered that one.

      4. Alan Firminger


        Why the modesty ?

    2. Daniel B.


      So, you found ze Enigma machine!

      Alan Turing will be reading your message in 2 hours, tops.

      1. Adam Reader


        2 hrs eh, not bad for a guy that died in the 50's......

    3. Victor Ludorum

      RE: ZYXEZ

      Has anyone managed to decipher this yet? I tried reading it backwards but it has a spleeing erorr.

      Mine's the one with 'Cryptography for Dummies' in...

      1. Blue eyed boy
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        @spleeing errer

        Got it. You just needed to alppy (sic) some thought to reconstruct the word breaks.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    M is library branch?

    I only dimly recall being told K was photorecon, implying they dos some of the US NRO functions.

  6. Anonymous Coward
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    Of course...

    Possession of this book will of course be considered "Possession of information likely to be of use to a terrorist" and get you locked up. (20% chance).

    Also using encryption on your machine (add 20% chance)

    User of VPN encryption technology (Add 20% chance)

    Happen to be a Muslim, then no jury in the country will think you are anything other than a terrorist. Go directly to jail.

    Geeks have to be so careful these days.

  7. Alan Firminger

    We know

    Christopher Andrew's tome on MI5 is a transparent whitewash. Don't expect revelations.

  8. Adam Reader

    What a load of tosh

    I am not sure this little novel deserves a big chuck up. Has anyone checked the Hansard refs he uses. No, then you ought to. Also, everyone in the business knows trhat UKUSA was signed in March 1946, so how come the learned Prof is 2 years out. Poor, really poor. Anyone in this business would get that basic info correct. Took me a little over 2 hrs in Waterstones to skim and quick read, saw enough inaccuracies NOT to buy.... sorry "Prof"

  9. Brian O'Byrne

    Visit Bletchley

    Any code buff should take the time to visit Bletchley Park at least once. Nice gardens, good country home, and more stories of the war, clever people and their inventions, and thousands of people working in amazing levels of secrecy than you can shake a very large stick at.

  10. Anonymous Coward

    Re: ZYXEZ

    Start reading from bottom right, its backwards. (Hear that sound? thats Hinsley spinning in his grave).

    1. Ugotta B. Kiddingme


      That would explain why the overnight "bombe" simulation failed to decode it... [/sheepish_grin]

      Falepalm icon, sil vous plait, Mlle. Moderatrix

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