Transposition Cipher in Cryptography
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A transposition does not substitute one symbol for another, instead it changes the location of the symbol. A symbol in 1st position of plaintext may appear in the 10th position. A symbol in the 6th position in plaintext may appear in 1st position of cipher.In other words, a transposition cipher reorders the symbols

There are two types of Transposition Cipher:

1] Keyless: It is keyless cipher which does not uses a key for encryption.Two methods are there for keyless; Method 1 and Method 2

In Method 1: text is written in table by col by col & transmitted row by row.

Eg. Plaintext= meet me at the park



In Method 2: text written in table by row by row & transmitted column by column.


| m | e | e | t |

| m | e | a | t |

| t | h | e | p |

| a | r | k | |


2] Keyed: (Plaintext divided into groups called blocks, use key to permute the character in each block)

Plaintext: "Enemy attacks tonight"

Group plaintext into group of 5 characters as key is of length 5

Enemy | attac | kston | ightz

Keyword/ Secret key

3 1 4 5 2
1 2 3 4 5

$\uparrow$ Encryption $\downarrow$ Decryption

1) 1st character of ciphertext is the 3rd letter of the plaintext block

2) 2nd character of the ciphertext is the 1st character of plaintext & so on…


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