Welcome to the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation. The NCMF directly supports the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM), the first public museum in the U.S. Intelligence Community.

  • ...The nation’s brightest young minds to consider careers in STEM and cyber related fields

  • ...Robust dialog with the American public on cyber policy, technology, and privacy

  • ...Those who “served in silence” with valor and distinction, especially those who gave their lives in service

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Polish mathematicians & code breakers made the first breakthroughs against Nazi Germany's Enigma code.......

North Korea Behind WannaCry Says Microsoft President

The President and Chief Legal Officer at Microsoft, Brad Smith, told ITV News in England that he believes “with great confidence” that North Korea was responsible for the WannaCry ransomware attack on the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) last May. He was the first Microsoft executive to acknowledge that North Korea was the source of the attack, which affected over 200,000 computers in 150 countries. The attack severely affected the NHS. More than 40 hospital trusts were affected by WannaCry. Lives were threatened as scheduled surgeries were cancelled or postponed and ambulances were diverted. WannaCry malware was based on cyber tools allegedly stolen from NSA and targeted against Windows XP, an outdated version of Windows that Microsoft no longer supports. The perpetrators encrypted NHS medical records and then demanded payment before the decryption keys would be provided and files recovered. (Source: The Daily Telegraph (UK), 14 October 2017)

(Note: The WannaCry attack was stopped by a British cyber researcher, Marcus Hutchins, who discovered that he could kill WannaCry by registering a domain name for it. Hutchins was subsequently arrested when he attended DefCon, an annual cyber conference in Las Vegas, for allegedly creating the KRONOS virus that targeted financial institutions. Hutchins is now out on bail, awaiting trial.)


On This Day In History


  • Learn about cryptologic pioneers with August Birthdays via our "On this Date in History" calendar....

About Us

The NCMF directly supports the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM), the first public museum in the U.S. Intelligence Community. We think you will agree it is truly a "museum like no other."

Located adjacent to the National Security Agency (NSA) in Maryland, the NCM houses a priceless collection of artifacts that represent our Nation's history in code making and code breaking, as well as a world class library of cryptologic media. The NCMF acquires the best artifacts for the NCM and supports new educational and interactive exhibits.

The NCMF provides exceptional cryptologic programs throughout the year, encourages young minds to explore cryptology and innovation through valued awards, and hosts educational, cryptology-related exhibits at various community events.

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 NCMF also serves as a leader in the field of cybersecurity - striving to provide the best in educational resources and programs.

The NCMF and NCM share a joint three-fold mission to Educate, Stimulate, and Commemorate. Learn more about our MISSION.