Roman Code Cracking with Mobile Phones at Bletchley Park

My slides from the fantastic Over The Air event at Bletchley Park are now up on slideshare, along with the solutions to the code breaking challenge within. If you have a spare few minutes, why not have a go? All the battles mentioned are on wikipedia if you want to look them up as I went through them verbally. Well worth a read to see how close Julius Caesar came to defeat, a few times. The mobile phone message in all of this is getting developers to secure their applications properly.

Hacking Roman Codes with Mobile Phones

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Over The Air – breaking Roman codes…

Over the 30th of September (today) and the of 1st of October, I’m at the Over The Air event, being held at Bletchley Park. There are some fantastic speakers this year and the event has a security theme (given its location). There are going to be some fantastic things developed overnight tonight, as this is a 36 hour hackathon fueled by lots of inspiring people, APIs and lego.

If you’re around tomorrow, head over to my talk in the morning. I’ll be speaking about some “What If?” historical scenarios involving Romans and mobile phones… If you’re taking part in my code breaking exercise in the morning, here are the codes I want you to break in order to change history. More during my talk. Enjoy:

Can the Helvetians defeat Caesar?
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Should the Germans attack the Romans?
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Are the Nervii ready for Caesar?
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Is there anything the Gauls do to help themselves?
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Are the Egyptians ready for action?
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Save Pontus?
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Over the Air – 30th September and 1st October 2011

I’m helping the guys at Over the Air (@overtheair) put together a security stream for developers at the event. This year it will be held at Bletchley Park, the famous centre for code-breaking in World War II. I’ve been to previous events and they were absolutely fantastic with some great creations. An amazing combination of developers knocking up some very cool applications, big companies explaining their new upcoming technologies and plenty of partying to boot. The party carries on overnight, with dual drinking and coding streams 😉

Save the date now, if you have any good proposals for helping developers make mobile phone applications more secure, feel free to leave a comment or get in contact!