KRYPTOS: A Pacific Northwest Cryptanalysis Contest for Undergraduates
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Many students are intrigued by the idea of breaking secret codes. In the spring of 2011, the first KRYPTOS contest debuted and gave 49 undergraduate students from the Pacific Northwest a chance to test their cryptanalytic abilities. The contest consisted of three cipher challenges that students, working as individuals or in teams, tried to solve over a long weekend. In this paper, we describe the details of the contest including the code breaking challenges and their solutions.
Beaver, C., & Boersma, S. (2012). KRYPTOS: A Pacific Northwest Cryptanalysis Contest for Undergraduates. Cryptologia, 36(2), 149–156. https://doi.org/10.1080/01611194.2012.660238