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1939: Japanese first use of PURPLE

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

20 February 1939: The Japanese first use of the PURPLE machine-generated diplomatic cryptosystem.

PURPLE was the codename Americans gave an Imperial Japanese Navy diplomatic cipher used to send messages to important diplomatic offices around the world. In the lead up to World War II, the Americans became increasingly interested in what the Japanese were communicating over Purple. US and British cryptographers had already broken some of its messages well before America's entry into the war. The intelligence they gleaned from Purple was code named Magic.

One of the most important pieces of Magic US cryptographers "found" was the 14-part Japanese diplomatic message ominously breaking off relations with the United States. That was at 1PM Washington time, December 7, 1941.

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The NCF's Vision is to Influence the cryptologic future by sharing our educational resources, stimulating new knowledge, and commemorating our heritage.

The Foundation provides exceptional cryptologic programs throughout the year, encourages young minds to explore cryptology and cyber education and careers,  hosts educational, cryptology-related exhibits at various community events, and honors the people— past, present, and future—whose contributions to our national security protect and make possible our way of life.

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As part of the Foundation's partnership with NSA to build the Cyber Center for Education and Innovation - Home of the National Cryptologic Museum (CCEI-NCM), the NCF also serves as a leader in the field of cybersecurity - striving to provide the best in educational resources and programs.

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