AmRRON: Red Ryder BB Gun OTP Contest for Young Partisans

AmRRON announces their 2020 Christmas Red Ryder contest. More info through link.

Young Partisans! Radio Free Redoubt brings you another chance to win one of TWO Red Ryder Carbine Action 600-shot  BB guns, with a compass in the Stock and this thing that tells time, just like Ralphie in the movie, ‘A Christmas Story’.

Straight from the Daisy Museum, this year’s rifles will be engraved with ‘AmRRON YOUNG PARTISAN on the receiver!  A REAL COLLECTORS EDITION!

Learn how to decode One Time Pad secret messages just like real spies do, and enter to win your very own ‘Christmas Dream’ Daisy Museum BB Gun! Must be under 18 years old (it’s an honor system!).
-John Jacob Schmidt

 

How to participate:

    1. Listen to the John Jacob Show anytime after 8pm, Sunday night December, 6th at

      Episode 20-40 Young Partisan OTP Christmas Contest – The Secret Code Numbers

    2. Write the numbers down exactly.
    3. Then, go to the posting titled, “Christmas Red Ryder 2020” for further instructions!
    4. The drawing will be held Sunday evening, December 16th on Radio Free Redoubt

Kids, you might need your parent’s help. They can assist you using the OTP–A Simplified Exercise by JJS. It will walk you through the steps for decrypting a OTP message.

 

Brushbeater: True Random Numbers How-To

NC Scout has posted an article at his Brushbeater blog from one of his readers about how to generate true random numbers (as opposed to pseudo-random numbers and non-random numbers) for one time pad (OTP) encryption – R-Pi OTP/DRYAD True Hardware RNG How-To. It is lengthy and technical, but does a pretty good job of walking you through setting it up on a Raspberry Pi computer.

There are only three ways that I know of to generate a truly random One Time Pad – for the “regular guy”: 1) The old-fashioned way with a set of dice (preferably 10-sided) and paper/pencil; 2) purchase one of AmRRON’s ADL-1 units from AmRRON.com (https://amrron.com/2018/03/18/amrron-dark-labs-otp); 3) The following method outlined in this how-to. Maybe there are others. I wanted to come up with a way for anybody to put one together with easily available components. So here it is. You shouldn’t need to procure any unobtainium to build it. (It was valid in May 2018 when I first put this together. It should be fine as Raspbian Stretch is still the current distribution.)

The script will print either numerical or alphabetic OTPs. Besides the standard OTP generating scripts, also included is a script for generating a DRYAD-type table (it does not have the formatting options of the OTP script) and a special, limited-use/audience OTP script for split keys and variants at the end of this how-to.

This how-to also includes a procedure for building an SD card from scratch purely for the production of secure OTPs. Prior to that is some helpful info for those who are interested. If you wanted to build a good OTP generator, then this is for you…

Click here to read the entire article at Brushbeater.