Welcome at the Webbingbabel website. At present we are a virtual museum in The Netherlands, that can only be visited on the internet 24 hours a day. We do have a permanent collection however, and regularly organize exhibitions and events in co-operation with other museums.
The main goal of the Crypto Museum is to preserve history. This is done by collecting, restoring and describing historical cipher machines, such as the well-known Enigma machine, spy radio sets, intercept receivers and and other spy-related stuff. For a detailed explanation of why we do this, please read ourMission Statement. Some of the items described on this website are part of the collection of the Crypto Museum, but others have only crossed our path at one moment or another. Whenever possible, we have tried to describe the equipment to the best of our abilities.
Information on this website
Webbing Babel is a non-subsidised privately-owned virtual museum with a physical collection. The curators work very hard to bring an interesting and diverse collection together, to describe the various items in great detail, and to share this information with the rest of the world. If you are pleased with the information presented on this website, please consider making a donation.
The International Cryptology Game 2017 has started - REGISTER NOW
Security event at TU/e on Monday 29 May 2017
David Hamer passed away at 82
How Easy Chair was used to bug the Russian Embassy in 1958
Radio bug found at the OPEC headquarters in the late 1970s now unveiled
T lab 340
Just released or updated wanted items
History of WWII SIGINT added to NSA page
Enigma Z page rewritten and new photographs added
Information about FS-5000 cryptographic algorithm added
New section 'wired intercept' added to 'intercept'
Martha Peterson added to list of people
Connector pinout of Vericrypt 1100 added
Provisional page for Nokia SANLA added
New photograph added to Photo Sniper
Robert Bosch GmbH added to manufacturers
Ascom SE-160 updated
Main crypto page
Enigma cipher machine
Easy chair bugs
Spy radio sets
If you want to know what is new on this website, where you can see parts of our collection, what lectures we will be giving and which special events we help organizing, you might want to follow us on Twitter and receive real-time news. Note that we do not generate unnecessary traffic. You may access our Twitter account at any time by clicking the Twitter-icon at the top of each page.
All videos featured on the Crypto Museum website, can be viewed directly on our YouTube channel. Click the YouTube icon on top of each page to open our YouTube channel in a new window of your browser. If you are a regular viewer, you may want to subscribe to the channel.
People often ask us why we spend so much time with our cipher machines and with the Crypto Museum website. We have, of course, asked ourselves that question numerous times. If you want to know the answer, please read our Mission Statement. It's a long story, but we would be grateful if you took the time to read it. If you're in a hurry, please read at least the abstract.
➤ Read our mission statement
All images on this website are owned and copyrighted by Crypto Museum, unless stated otherwise. If you want to use any of them, please ask first. Under normal circumstances permission will be granted, provided that full credit is given to Crypto Museum and that they are used for non-commercial purposes. Commercial users may also contact us to arrange a suitable donation. If an image is not owned by us, you will have to ask the original owner for permission.
Although every effort is made to ensure that the information presented on this website is correct, such can not be guaranteed. Please note that Crypto Museum can not be held responsible for any damage arising from the use or misuse of the information presented on this site. Crypto Museum can not guarantee the suitability of the information for any purpose whatsoever. If you find any mistakes or omissions, please contact us and we will do our best to fix them.
To the best of our knowledge, this site only contains information that is either available in the public domain or that is unclassified or that has been officially declassified. Whenever possible, the source of the information will be credited in the References section at the bottom of each page. In some cases the classification status of an object is not entirely clear because there is no list of classified objects available in the public domain. In these cases we will simply try to follow the rules of common sense. If you come across any information that you think is still classified, please contact us.
Please note that we are neither cryptologists nor mathematicians. We don't want to develop new cryptographic systems and we are not cryptanalists either. We are not involved or interested in breaking any classified codes. Also note that some of the objects shown on this website are still restricted items. We are not in the position to release classified information about such items.