On The Encryption and Decryption Of A Message

The best way I have found to create truly random numbers is to use ten sided dice. Write down five numbers (called in this paper, a set) chosen from left to right, or right to left, or top to bottom, or bottom to top as one reads the numbers on each die.

In math and computer science theory there are many modulos. We will use Modulo 10 and it is easy to do.

One must use truly secure random numbers or the One Time Pad is not secure. In addition and subtraction for digits (0 through 9) we use modulo 10. Modulo 10 is easy to achieve by adding without carry and subtracting without borrowing, which basically means rejecting all but the most-right digit of the result. This is very easy to do.

One must keep the generated, truly random numbers, secure. That is, no one else has access to the private key of random numbers. For example, the numbers must not have been generated on a computer and left there for back door access. No exceptions. The pad of private key numbers must not be left for others to see, steal, take, or copy.

If one listens to short wave, one may hear numbers' stations where one time pad messages are broadcast around the world 24 hours a day. They are secure messages when encrypted and decrypted as I have said. The private key pad of numbers are known only to the sender and the receiver. The exchange of One Time Pad private key numbers must be done in a 100% secure method.

Once encrypted any method of sending an encrypted message is secure. For example, snail mail, email, within the comments section on the Internet, telephone, semaphore, short wave, Ham radio, radio, runners as on the battle field during wartime, passenger pigeons, or a note in a bottle, if the security measures I have discussed are followed. Spooks, however, will know that an encrypted message exists, but so what? On the other hand the spooks will knoiw that you have sent an encrypted message and if found, they still might gut you. If the sender is a spook, and/or the receiver is a spook, and each can encrypt and decrypt the message, then someone is getting screwed.

The One Time Pad's print may be of any size, such that it is so small that a magnifying glass must be used to see the sets of numbers.

Many, many, many times better than using only the alphabet is to have a numbered dictionary of words, phrases and paragraphs. I have encluded about 5,000 words, phrases and sentences. Download the numbered dictionary at the bottom of the page for a good start. Modify it to suit your needs.

Using this method, both parties must have an identical dictionary. A numbered dictionary may be public and it is numbered, just as with the alphabet. It doesn't make any difference who knows that the letter p is numbered 16. Likewise it doesn't make any difference who knows that the word "patriot" might be numbered 2399, for example, or that the number 3220 might mean "I need 16 tons of dandelion greens and 4 tons of rose hips".

A 100% secured private key, i.e., the One Time Pad is the only secure encrypted code. While most have good security, PGP and other similar codes are only as good as the security behind them, mostly that there is no backdoor and the private key is kept private. Too late, the Japs and Nazis found that out in WW11.

Notice that I have numbered the alphabet 1 through 26. This is standard among many users. I then numbered the numbers 1 through 0, 27 through 36. The rest of the numbers in this numbered dictionary are arbitrary and of my choosing. This numbered dictionary is a public key (this is NOT the OTP!). It does not matter who has a copy. Users must have identical copies of the numbered dictionary and identical copies of the OTP of random numbers.

Once encrypted with truly random numbers the message cannot be decrypted without access to the private key, that is, the OTP of random numbers. Obviously the OTP must be kept secure.

The One Time Pad page of numbers MUST be destroyed immediately by both the sender and receiver after use. Numbers in the OTP shall be used only once. No exceptions, burn it.!

One option to form ones own numbered dictionary is to copy and paste the pages immediately below. Paste the pages to a word processor, or software of your choice where one has the option to size, or otherwise modify the pages. Form your own numbered dictionary! Make multiple copies. Both the sender and receiver must have identical copies of your numbered dictionary and remember, it's public.

One Time Pad - Private

Numbered Dictionary - Public

Doc Burgess

Robert O. Burgess, M.D.



An Example Of How To Learn Encryption And Decryption Using The OTP.

Now I'll add another page from the book about the OTP (One Time Pad)

On the first page above one sees the alphabet listed as 01 through 26. Using the numbered alphabet one letter at a time is very time consuming. Hence the reason for a numbered dictionary. We have the only available numbered dictionary in the world as far as I know. In this list of numbered phrases, words and sentences one sees the value of words that are numbered. Using one set of five random numbers encrypts an entire word, sentence or any lengthy paragraph, etc.

The OTP is secure so long as the random numbers (the OTP) are available only to the sender and the receiver. Now we need some random numbers that we have formed by rolling ten sided dice (Remember these numbers are kept secure). Swallow the paper they're typed on and the spooks 'll gut ya. Immediately destroy the page after use.
There are 25 sets of random numbers here. 50 sets should be enough for about any message and is a good number of sets for one page. This is just one page of the OTP (One Time Pad). The OTP may contain as many pages as one wishes. Both the sender and receiver must have an identical copy of the random numbers.

32102 34326 65324 56443 63356
54634 22333 56121 13215 76290
52316 24137 46553 22142 84989
44323 32144 45111 32459 80173
30290 81993 32082 49100 59302

This is the plain message (text):

Hello It is time to form your group. Meet at site A. Date and time will follow.

We will add the set of random numbers to the plain message to encrypt the message.

To decrypt the message we will subtract the same set of random numbers from the encrypted message. In both addition and subtraction we will use Modulo 10 math, that is, we do not carry, or borrow ten as in our normal math that we learned in grade school, but we add 10 if needed, but we do not borrow or carry forward the 10.

For example:

9 + 3 = 2, not 12.
For example:

43 - 9 = 44 not 34, that is, we did not borrow 10 from the 4 to the left. We simply added 10 to the 3 without borrowing from the 4.

Always place the random number on the bottom when adding or subtracting.

An example in standard format will make addition and subtraction more clear. Example when adding:

60911,  Notice, I did not carry the 10.

Example when subtracting (the random number is always on the bottom).

39934, Notice, where needed, I added 10, but I did not borrow it from the number to the left. "Where did you get the 10?" I just pulled it out of thin air.

Now let's begin with addition and encrypting the message:

Hello It is time to form your group. Meet at site A. Date and time will follow.

First, I'll use the alphabet to encrypt the word, Hello.

H = 08, e = 05, l = 12, l = 12, o = 15 
(I'll place the random numbers on the bottom).

32102 (Begin with the identifing first set of numbers on the OTP page).

00008 (H)
34324 (The now encrypted letter H)

Notice how I did not use the first set of random numbers, 32102. The first set of numbers on each page is the identifying set of numbers telling which page is used. This first set of numbers is not used in the encryption process.

00005 (e)
65329 (The now encrypted letter e)

00012 (l)
56455 (The now encrypted letter l)

00012 (l)
63368 (The now encrypted letter l)

00015 (o)
54649 (The now encrypted letter o)

18292 (The number representing 3 sentences found in the numbered dict.)
30525 (The now encrypted paragraph)

The encrypted message is now:


34324 65329 56455 63368 54649 30525 (I emphsize, 32102 identifies the page used only and is not part of the encryption).

34324 (We will now subtract the same random number set, the random number is on the bottom)
00008 (H) That was easy!

00005 (e) Another easy one!

00012 (l)

00012 (l)

00015 (0)

18292 (It is time to form your group. Meet at site A. Date and time will follow).

The encrypted message now completely decrypted:

32102 (The page identifier).

00008 00005 00012 00012 00015

18292 (Look up the meaning of the numbers in the numbered dictionary).

The message decrypted:

Hello It is time to form your group. Meet at site A. Date and time will follow.

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©Robert O. Burgess

A copy of a numbered dictionary I have made is ready to print and fold into pages for simple binding and is available at:

Download the file to your computer. It is a pdf file

To help print the full dictionary where it will be ready to bind into book form with proper sequencial page numbering see note below in the READ ME file that is now in your dictionary file:

It is a readme.txt file

dictionary.pdf - is the main part of the book. It is so aranged that it can be printed using "odd pages" first, then flipped over and printed "even pages". These options appear when "print" is selected in pdf format. That way the pages back each other up using a lot less paper as both sides of the paper are now printed with numbered letters, words, phrases and sentences.

If you have questions regarding the OTP and this numbered dictionary as I have discussed it above on this page please send an email to me at:



"Amy's Gold"

The Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming did the artwork for the dust jacket for Amy's Gold. The author sketched the scene, took the hat, gloves, gold coins and the .41 rimfire cartridges, together with a large swatch of crushed velvet for the background, to Cody for the work. The Remington Vest Pocket .41 rimfire short is one of three from the Buffalo Bill Historical Center's collection which houses the Winchester collection, one of the finest displays of firearms in the world. The curator was most kind to let me search through their archives for a container suitable for the eleven white roses. The cup holding the roses is silver with Buffalo Bill's wife's sister's name inscribed on the back. She had taken the Cody name. The gold coins are twenty dollar double eagles and an 1847 ten dollar eagle.

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