The machine auctioned on eBay sold for more than $30,000, substantially higher price than other recorded sales dating to the mid-1990s.
Cryptologists operating on a shoestring can produce Enigma-quality ciphers by downloading and printing a simple one-page PDF file. The paper version of the device "is compatible with the original 3-rotor German Enigma used during World War II," says its maker, Mike Koss, on his Web site.
The cryptographic strength of the Enigma machines is legendary. Two of three messages enciphered by German forces more than 60 years were deciphered only last month. A distributed computing project led by an amateur German cryptologist finally cracked the codes.
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