Next Colossus challenge 'will make nerds sweat'

Summary:National Museum of Computing director Tony Sale discusses work that remains to be done on the rebuilt WWII-era Colossus computer, and the next cipher challenge

The Colossus computer was used at Bletchley Park during WWII to break high-level German codes.

Tony Sale, who was involved in rebuilding the computer from illicitly retained plans, discusses work that still needs to be done on the computer, fundraising efforts aimed at preventing Bletchley Park from disintegrating, and how the next cipher challenge 'will make nerds sweat'.

Topics: Security


Tom is a technology reporter for, writing about all manner of security and open-source issues.Tom had various jobs after leaving university, including working for a company that hired out computers as props for films and television, and a role turning the entire back catalogue of a publisher into e-books.Tom eventually found tha... Full Bio

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