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      Divers recover a WWII Code Machine from the Baltic Sea

      Kiona N. Smith · news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Sunday, 27 December, 2020 - 14:00

    A deep-sea diver examines a heavily encrusted piece of machinery on the seabed.

    Enlarge (credit: Reuters/Christian Howe )

    When Nazi naval officers tossed their ship’s Enigma encryption machine overboard, they probably thought they were putting the device beyond anyone’s reach. Blissfully unaware that Allied cryptanalysts in Poland and at Bletchley Park in the UK had broken the Enigma code, the Nazis had standing orders to destroy their encryption devices to keep them out of Allied hands. Eighty years later, divers found the once-secret device tangled in an abandoned fishing net on the seafloor, and now it’s set to be put on display for everyone to see. LOL, Nazis pwned.

    Research diver Florian Huber and his colleagues were trying to clear abandoned fishing nets from the Bay of Gelting, on the Baltic Sea near the German-Danish border, when they found the artifact. Derelict nets and other discarded fishing gear can still entangle fish, sea turtles, diving birds, and marine mammals like seals and dolphins. The World Wildlife Fund had hired the divers to clear them in November 2020.

    “A colleague swam up and said ‘There’s a net there with an old typewriter in it,” Huber told the DPA news agency .

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