It is very interesting thing to cypher texts or decipher them.Modern day world we call them - HACKERS !!
Famous names like :
1. Julian Assange - founder of wikileaks
It churned the whole world pacifying with catastrophic secrets revelations of US gov and more.
2. Edward Snowden - worked as system administrator for CIA
He revealed some classified documents under US gov surveillance program.
These two are among modern day HACKERS . This whole profession of cypheranalysis has been going on from ages in various civilisations. We practise it in our day to day lives.We decode things in our brain to process them , its very natural process.
This whole article is a mere glimpse on who these people are and their existence.
I remember that beautful movie "Beautiful Minds" based on life John Nash , an American mathematician was awarded nobel laureate in economics. He anticipated many concepts of modern cryptography.
Its a very beautiful movie readers do watch.
He was a British mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, computer scientist and a philosopher.
Father of Artificial Intelligence.
He devised a number of techniques for breaking German ciphers, including improvements to the pre-war Polish bombe method, an electromechanical machine that could find settings for the Enigma machine.
In 1952, he was charged with gross indecency after admitting to a sexual relationship with another man, and as a result was told to choose either imprisonment or chemical castration as punishment. He chose the latter. Alan Turing was found dead on June 8th, 1954, a day after taking his own life. He was aged just 41.
Turing wrote the following letter in 1952 to his friend and fellow mathematician, Norman Routledge, shortly before pleading guilty.
(Source: Alan Turing: The Enigma - The Centenary Edition; Image: Alan Turing, via.)