More than 60 years after the end of WWII, a distributed computing project called M4 Project cracked an Enigma message by brute force.
The message? It was sent by a submarine saying how it was forced to submerge during an attack.
According to the organizers of M4, their open-source message-breaking application managed to crack one of the three messages early last week.
The translation of the message is as follows:
Radio signal 1851/19/252: "F T 1132/19 contents: Forced to submerge during attack. Depth charges. Last enemy position 0830h AJ 9863, (course]) 220 degrees, (speed) 8 knots. (I am) following (the enemy). (Barometer) falls 14 mb, (wind) nor-nor-east, (force) 4, visibility 10 (nautical miles)."