Delan Azabani

Cryptic Crossword: Amateur Crypto and Reverse Engineering

Brian Raiter leads by example in demonstrating that reverse engineering an obscure file format with undocumented encryption can be distilled down to a rigorous application of the scientific method, automation taken to an extreme for gathering large sets of sample data, and creating clever ways to visualise patterns in the data. I'm most impressed by Raiter's ability to come back to the project years later and document it with the astounding level of detail that he has. It's truly a thrilling ride to read.