American Cryptogram Association (ACA) is a non-profit organization
dedicated to promoting the hobby and art of cryptanalysis -- that is,
learning to break ciphers.
Now is an ideal time to join the ACA. While supplies last, new members will receive a CD-ROM containing the contents of The Cryptogram from 1932 to 2009. For information on membership benefits and details on how to join see Membership.
Cryptologia and other archived information.
Taylor and Francis offers free access for registered users to its current and archived material - including Cryptologia - for the month of April. Click here for the URL...
Free Web App.
The ACA's "Solve a Cipher!" program is now available as a free web app for users of Google's Chrome web browser. To get it, click HERE, or go to the Chrome Web Store and search on "ciphers".
New Expanded Free Sample Issue
The free sample issue of The Cryptogram available for download has been expanded with more explanations and many more ciphers to solve. Read about it and download it on the Sample Issue page under About the ACA .
2nd Edition PHOENIX Memorial CDROM
A member reported that the links on the index page of the 2nd Edition PHOENIX Memorial CDROM did not work with Acrobat Reader v9. It turned out to be caused by the default value of a preference option. Here is how it was corrected:
Documents->View Documents in PDF/A mode: NEVER
From the Edit menu, select "Preferences", then choose to look under Category "Documents".
The option "View Documents in PDF/A mode" should be changed to "Never".
FBI Code Breaking Challenge.
The FBI has a website with a code breaking challenge. Check it out.
THE RAT has made available for ACA members a program called Conmaker. It is designed for Windows users to easily create and submit cons to the ACA column editors. If interested, go to the Members Area / Downloads and get your copy.
2013 ACA Annual Convention
2013 ACA Annual Convention
Flash! Convention Update: Hotel reservation deadline extended to July 26.
Here is an update on plans for the Annual Convention, taking place in Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Virginia, August 23-25, 2013. We have some very exciting speakers coming, and I am sure you will not want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Saturday's program will consist of a technical session, followed by the Cipher Contest and a banquet. We are trying something new this year, and will have as one of the afternoon speakers Margalit Fox, a reporter for the New York Times, who has written a book called "The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code". The ancient code referred to is Linear B, and the personalities involved in its deciphering make for a fascinating story. The author will give a dynamic presentation on Linear B, followed by a book signing, where you can purchase the book and have it signed by the author. We will also be offering several copies of the book as prizes for the Cipher Contest. You can find many reviews of her book on the Web, and here are a few:
The banquet speaker will be Ed Scheidt, designer of the cryptographic systems used in the Kryptos sculpture at CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia. He is a retired Chairman of the CIA Cryptograpic Center, and I'm sure you will be fascinated by the saga of the Kryptos sculpture, and how many famous cryptanalysts have been unable to decipher the last section. Read more about Kryptos here:
As you can see from the above descriptions, we have some very stimulating speakers lined up for this year's Convention. There is still time to register for the Convention. The deadline for obtaining the guaranteed $100/night hotel rate is July 21. See the July-August Cryptogram for further details about the hotel, program, and excursions. Make your hotel reservations by calling the hotel directly at (757) 965-3503.
The 2013 ACA Annual convention will be the weekend of August 23-25, 2013.
It will be held in Colonial Williamsburg / Newport News, Virginia.
The convention is almost here! This year's convention will be taking place in Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Virginia. There are an amazing number of things to do in this lovely part of the States. We have our list of possible field trips narrowed down to six places: Colonial Williamsburg, Battleship Wisconsin tour, Norfolk Harbor sunset cruise, Jamestown settlement, Chrysler Museum of Art, USS Monitor tour.
We will be asking all convention attendees on the ballot forms for their top three choices so we can decide which ones would be best for our group.
Hotel Information (please note this carefully: we have had to change which hotel we are using and we want to make sure that we all end up at the same hotel!):
Country Inn and Suites Norfolk Airport South, 5808 Burton Station Road, Virginia Beach, VA. Hotel phone number is: 757-965-3503. The rate is $100 per night (plus tax), and we have the same rates for up to three days before and three days after the convention dates. The rate are guaranteed for all members who reserve directly with the hotel by July 21, 2013. Please say that you are with the American Cryptogram Association to get these rates.
Wednesday, August 21th:
informal socializing with whichever early birds are in Norfolk. Meet in the lobby at about 5:30 to go to dinner.
Thursday, August 22nd:
1:00: field trip to one of the places on our list. Meet in the lobby to carpool.
5:30: Meet in the lobby to go to dinner at a restaurant close to the hotel. If you arrive a little late and would like to join us, we will leave the address of the restaurant at the front desk (if you are driving) and Dave's cell phone number (905-537-9451) for those who don't have a car and would like us to pick them up to drive them to the restaurant. After dinner, meet back at the hotel.
Friday, August 23rd:
1:00: field trip to another place on our list. Meet in the lobby to carpool. 5:30 to ????: dinner, socializing, and solving in the Meeting Room – everybody is welcome!
Saturday, August 24th:
8:45: spouses meet in the lobby to spend a lovely day together!
9:00 to 3:00: presentations for members in the Meeting Room
12:00: lunch in the Meeting Room
3:00: Cipher Contest
5:00: Back in the Meeting Room for social hour before 6:00 Buffet banquet in the Meeting Room. Socializing and solving in the Meeting Room until ????
Sunday, August 25th:
9:00: General Business Meeting for members, followed by the Executive Board Meeting
12:00: lunch in the Meeting Room – everybody welcome!
1:00: field trip. Meet in the lobby to carpool.
5:30: dinner at a local restaurant. Meet in lobby to carpool.
For more information, or if you would like to give a talk, please contact one of your co-hosts: ENDEAVOUR: firstname.lastname@example.org , CONFUOCO: email@example.com SHORRECK LECTURE
The Center for Cryptologic History is pleased to announce the upcoming 2013 Henry F. Schorreck Memorial Lecture. The Schorreck Lecture is a series of historical lectures named in honor of the former NSA Historian. It is presented annually by preeminent scholars who address cryptologic issues with an historical perspective. Previous talks have been delivered by scholars in the field such as David Kahn, Christopher Andrew, John Ferris, and Stephen Budiansky.
The speaker this year will be Dr. Peter W. Donovan of the Department of Mathematics, University of New South Wales, Australia. A renowned expert in several subfields of mathematics, as well as on cryptologic history, Dr. Donovan has conducted some of the most innovative and path-breaking work to date on the Allied effort to break Japanese encipherment systems in use during WWII. He will be presenting two separate lectures detailing the cipher war in the Pacific, including revelations about the weaknesses in the Japanese naval codes that the Allies exploited, all of which led to dramatic successes on the battlefield.
These talks are free and open to the public. They will be held in the Magic Room of the National Cryptologic Museum. There presentation and specific talks are listed below.
--Thursday, May 23 – 1000-1200: “Understanding the Allied Approach to Radio Intelligence in the Pacific Theatre during World War II”
--Friday, May 24 – 0930-1130: “The Thought Behind High-level Cryptological Discovery, 1930-1945”
For more information about this event, please contact the Center at 301-688-2336 or firstname.lastname@example.org.