Tool to decrypt/encrypt unsing the Nihilist cipher. The Nihilist Cipher is a variant of Polybius square, since it is a super-encryption of it.

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Tool to decrypt/encrypt unsing the Nihilist cipher. The Nihilist Cipher is a variant of Polybius square, since it is a super-encryption of it.

The **Nihilist** cipher is an over-encryption of the Polybius square. It uses a grid (usually 5x5 = 25 cells) that is filled with letters of the alphabet (often a deranged alphabet). For a 5x5 grid, the 26-letter latin alphabet do not fit, choose a letter to omit, often the J, V or W are omitted. The grid has digit headers for its rows and columns (typically 1 to 5).

__Example:__

\ | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

1 | A | B | C | D | E |

2 | F | G | H | I | J |

3 | K | L | M | N | O |

4 | P | Q | R | S | T |

5 | U | V | X | Y | Z |

To encrypt a text, it is necessary to replace each letter of the initial text, by its coordinates in the grid. Generally, the coordinates [row, column] (and more rarely [column, line]) are used. A numerical code consisting of pairs of digits is obtained.

__Example:__ A is therefore coded 11 (because in row 1, column 1), E becomes 15 (row 1, column 5).

__Example:__ The message to be encrypted: KREMLIN, which is therefore encoded 31,43,15,33,32,24,34

The particularity of the **Nihilist** cipher in relation to the Polybius cipher is its over-encryption. The **nihilists** use a key that is added for each couple of digits previously created.

To keep only 2 digits, subtract 100 from the amounts that would be greater than 100.

__Example:__ The key VODKA, which is coded 52,35,14,31,11, is added (value after value) to the encrypted text.

__Example:__

Plain Message | K | R | E | M | L | I | N |

Coded (Message) Letters | 31 | 43 | 15 | 33 | 32 | 24 | 34 |

Key (repeated) | V | O | D | K | A | V | O |

Coded (Key) Letters | 52 | 35 | 14 | 31 | 11 | 52 | 35 |

Final Message (Addition) | 83 | 78 | 29 | 64 | 43 | 76 | 69 |

__Example:__ The final encrypted message is 83782964437669

Decryption requires to know the grid and the over-encryption key.

__Example:__ The encrypted message 577066392880, the key CODE and the grid

\ | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

1 | A | B | C | D | E |

2 | F | G | H | I | J |

3 | K | L | M | N | O |

4 | P | Q | R | S | T |

5 | U | V | X | Y | Z |

To decrypt, the coded key is subtracted from each pair of 2 digits and each number obtained is replaced by the corresponding letter with these coordinates in the grid.

__Example:__ The key CODE is coded with the grid 13,35,14,15, it is then subtracted from the message:

Coded Message | 57 | 70 | 66 | 39 | 28 | 80 |

Coded Key (repeated) | 13 | 35 | 14 | 15 | 13 | 35 |

Subtraction | 44 | 35 | 52 | 24 | 15 | 45 |

Letter in the Grid | S | O | V | I | E | T |

__Example:__ The plain message is SOVIET.

The message is composed of an even number of digits.

In the general case of using a 5x5 grid with coordinates from 1 to 5, the message is composed of numbers between 0 and 100 except for values between 11 and 21 inclusive, which never appear in this case during the encryption process.

Any reference to Russia (USSR), tsars or Russians traditions is a clue.

The word **nihilist** is generally associated with a philisophic doctrine, but in Russian the word *нигилизм* has a Latin root meaning *nothing*.

dCode analyzes the pairs of digits of the message to extract the potential additions that formed them. It is then possible to find all the possible combinations and to deduce the potential keys with the grid.

Assuming that the over-encryption key is known, it is possible to decode normally with a basic / random grid. The result will then be a mono-alphabetic substitution of the original message. Use dCode's monoalphabetic substitution tool to decrypt the message almost automatically.

It is possible to make several variants:

- **Inversion of coordinates**: rather than using [row, column], it is possible to use [column,row].

- **Change of coordinates names**: the digits from 1 to 5 can very well be mixed or replaced by other digits.

- **Multiple keys**, it is possible to use several keys, summed successively, but this only extends the process time and does not complicate a brute-force attack.

The Russian **nihilist** movement is described in the history textbooks as between 1855 and 1885.

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