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Nazi cipher machine on eBay for £10

By Staff Reporter

Published 30/05/2016

A handout photograph released by the National Museum of Computing on May 29, 2016 shows the teleprinter part of a Lorenz cipher machine that was purchased by the National Museum of Computing from eBay for 10 GBP (14.6 USD, 13.2 euro). AFP/Getty Images
A handout photograph released by the National Museum of Computing on May 29, 2016 shows the teleprinter part of a Lorenz cipher machine that was purchased by the National Museum of Computing from eBay for 10 GBP (14.6 USD, 13.2 euro). AFP/Getty Images
An "unbreakable" cipher machine used to encrypt Nazi communications has been discovered for sale on eBay for less than £10

An "unbreakable" cipher machine used to encrypt Nazi communications has been discovered for sale on eBay for less than £10.

A volunteer with the National Museum of Computing (NMC) recognised the device, labelled a "telegram machine", as an extremely rare, military-issue Lorenz teleprinter.

The museum tracked down the seller in Essex, who showed them the rare keyboard buried under rubbish in a garden shed in its original carry case.

"We said 'Thank you very much, how much was it again?' She said '£9.50', so we said 'Here's a £10 note; keep the change!'" said John Whetter of the NMC.

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