This week we began the task of cracking the following codeed message.
XUFHJ YMJ KNSFQ KWTSYNJW. YMJXJ FWJ YMJ ATDFLJX TK YMJ XYFWXMNU JSYJWUWNXJ. NYX HTSYNSZNSL RNXXNTS YT JCUQTWJ XYWFSLJ SJB BTWQIX, YT XJJP TZY SJB QNKJ FSI SJB HNANQNEFYNTSX, YT GTQIQD LT BMJWJ ST TSJ MFX LTSJ GJKTWJ.
All we know is this message is written in English. To crack this code we will use some common features of the English language.
- In the coded mesage look for single letter words. These words probably map to a or I
- In the coded message look for the most common three letter words. These words are the, and
- in the coded message look at the spelling of any other small word to see if we can figure out their original form.
The following link was the hand out provided to everyone. Each person used this handout to work through each stage of the decryption.
The teachers handouts is available at the following link. This handout provides detailed steps of how to work through decrypting the message.