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Tools to decrypt/encrypt with double transposition cipher, as its names indicates, it uses two transposition ciphers, with one or two keys, and applied on lines or columns or both.

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Tools to decrypt/encrypt with double transposition cipher, as its names indicates, it uses two transposition ciphers, with one or two keys, and applied on lines or columns or both.

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How to encrypt using Double Transposition cipher?

Encryption uses twice a transpositionhref cipher, usually the first transpositionhref is in columns, and the second in lines.

Example: Encrypt DCODE with twice the key KEY

DCO
DEX

Example: The grid is filled with X and permutated a first time

CDO
EDX

Example: The intermediate ciphered message is CDOEDX. Make a second transpositionhref, but with lines

\12
KCD
EOE
YDX

Example: The grid becomes, after the second permutationhref

\12
EOE
KCD
YDX

The ciphertext is then obtained by reading the grid in lines, from left to right and from top to bottom.

Example: The ciphered message is then OECDDX

How to decrypt Double Transposition cipher?

Decryption requires to know both keys and the kind of transpositionhref used for each (line or column)

Example: The crypted message is OECDDX, transposed with 1 column transpositionhref and 1 line transpositionhref with two identical keys : KEY.

The crypted message gets two reversed transpositionhref, in the opposite order of the original order, to get back the plain text.

Example: Si the grid is

\12
EOE
KCD
YDX

Example: It becomes, avec a first reversed permutationhref in lines

\12
KCD
EOE
YDX

Example: The intermediate message is then CDOECX, it gets another reversed permutationhref, in column

CDO
EDX

Example: The grid becomes

DCO
DEX

Example: The original plain text is DCODEX.

How to recognize Double Transposition ciphertext?

A message encrypted by Double Transpositionhref has a frequency analysishref and a coincidence indexhref normal.

The number of letters in the message is not a prime number.

How to decipher Double Transposition without keys?

It is possible to find the key length by analyzing the prime decomposition of the text length.

By writing the text in the grid, permute the columns in order to find words on each lines, beginning with common bigrams (such as TH, HE, IN, etc.).

To find the second permutationhref, it is easier, because lines are already in plain text.

What are the variants of the Double Transposition cipher?

It is possible to shuffle lines or columns in the desired order.

When Double Transposition have been invented?

No date of known author.

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