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GCHQ launches Cryptoy app to educate code-cracking newbies

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By John McCarthy | Media editor

December 12, 2014 | 3 min read

GCHQ has launched Cryptoy, a free educational app designed to educate encryption enthusiasts about cryptology.

The UK intelligence agency created the app to showcase the history of encryption, while enabling users to create their own encoded messages, which can be shared - and solved - on social media channels.

Robert Hannigan, director of GCHQ, said: “Building maths and cyber skills in the younger generation is essential for maintaining the cyber security of the UK and growing a vibrant digital economy. That is why I am keen for GCHQ to give something back through its work with school and universities.

The app will educate users about cryptology

“In particular, the Cryptoy app is a colourful, interactive way for students and their teachers to explore the fascinating world of cryptography. I hope it will inspire further study of this key topic, which has played such an important part in our past and is an invaluable part of our future.”

The free app was developed by GCHQ’s industrial placement students and trialed at a number of science fairs.

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It is available for Android tablets from the Google Play store with an iOS version set to be released in 2015.

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