AITDW Mission 7

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  1. zaelong

    zaelong Division-79

    if you did season 2 first; the password is in the same format, only the clue isnt hidden inside the image
    its where the dagger is of use
     
  2. berzerk0

    berzerk0 Active Agent

    NUDGES:

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    AITDW 7-1 G͇͉̪̖͎͈̱͔͓̮̖̥̣̮͓̕u͙͔̭̼̩͇̫̹̪͙̱̻͍͜͢͡a̸̸̧̛͎̪̮͚̟̥̮̙̼̤̯͘r̶̶̡͎̠̪̥̝̙̘͚̪̼̖̭̜͖̀͟ͅd̶̹̮̥̝͖͇͕̹͜͠i̧͍̦͈̹̤͡͝à̸̶̳͎͚̻̥̣̟͓̗̯͘͝n̷̼̹̤̗̫ͅͅ




    Technical Item Of Note for 7-1: Your browser choice matters, as well as your settings. I had my security settings turned up (no third-party cookies) and this caused the puzzle not to behave as it intended to. The most convenient way to get around this is to try a default-configured browser. Download one you haven't used before if you don't want to compromise however you've set up your main browser.

    N͘͟u̢͏͠d͝҉̶g̶̵ȩ̷
    Do you remember how to excuse your dear aunt Sally?

    Look at the circle and star-like pattern in front of you closely.
    W̶hat symbol is at the ̀center? We see a number, but there's something different too.
    Are the dots arranged in a particular pattern?
    Is the star layered?



    What do our agents tell us in the document?
    What are we looking for? In what context is this object or entity found?
    Are there any words that are foreign to you in the document?



    B̖͎igger Nudge:
    H̵ow would ̧Julius C̛aesar w͡rite t̶he ́n͢umber ͘5?

    Some of the star's lines have beehive pattern, some have cubes, some look like marble and some have cracks.


    That symbol is a snake biting it's own tail - what is this symbol called? What does it represent? Does it resemble any symbol you can see in your browser? (Not just on the page, but within the WHOLE browser)


    PEMDAS

    Our "guardian" is commanded somehow, and is paired with a different being.
    Look for that being and it may lead you to our demon.

    We seem to have one short sound and one long one, a classic code.


    F̟̣inal Nudge:
    This symbol is called Ouroboros. It represents a cycle of life and and death as a necessary, rejuvenating process. Creation, destruction, rebirth. Refreshment.

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    AITDW 7-2 R͓̪̹͙e̷̡̤͈̩p҉̝̘̙̥̭̫̝̻̤̀l̘͉̙͘i̭̤͈̳̦͇̦̕͢͠ͅc̸̷̖̟͕̹̥̗̯a͖̠t̝͇̟͓͕̗̳̻͉i̵̸̞̙̬͜o̷̗̰̖̥̙͓͞n̴̴̛̗̳̘͖̫͎ ̥̘̠̦̕S̨͇̜͔͈ị̷̝͟g̻̟͚̫̻̞̕͡n҉͎̤a̕͏͚͕̟̥ṯ̨̦͚͇͢u̝̖̖̜͟͟r̟̱e̷̜̮


    N̼̬̬͝ͅu͙͡d͇̥̜̳͖͝ģ̮͎̹̪̦ͅe̸̝͉̝͔̼͕
    This is broken into two parts:

    Section A: Azuro's Communications

    Nudge:
    What sites is the virus looking at?
    Let's view them too - and read them with care.

    Observe the documents carefully, the Agency doesn't provide us with useless information.

    If you played season 2, you'll remember that Azuro loves him some steganography.

    The trouble with steganography is we have to figure out not only where the message is hidden, but how to read it when do find it. Depending on your resolution and color settings, you might be able to begin to get a hint at the steganographic method from the thumbnail on the archive page - the document looks empty... but not quite.

    (It seems this mission has been significantly altered since I did it two weeks ago - made easier in my opinion, but the core concept is still intact)

    Open the images up in GIMP.
    The "blank" document is full of these grey rectangular parts. If you zoom in on them, they change. This is GIMP's way of saying an area is transparent.


    What languages does Azuro speak? Could he use more than one at a time?

    Maybe Azuro's message is meaningless to you, but not to the Agency.

    Bigger Nudge:
    You have an image with "holes" that is the same size as an image containing text.

    Can you do this process in reverse? [​IMG]


    Azuro is from Germany, a NATO country. NATO uses a special alphabet to relay letters to one another. You've heard it before. Think "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" and the like.

    Counting is one of the first things you learn in a new language.



    Section B: Turning the Key
    Nudge:
    Azuro gives us a URL to visit, or rather, a URL to figure out.

    The hint is pretty cryptic - but let's look into it.


    Original Artist's Full Name - original artist of what? Hmm...


    U+2020 is hard to guess if you don't know the context. You need e code.


    That parrot image is the same was it was in season 2 - you may remember how that was done, but it is okay if you don't. What looks like it was added to the image? Can this mean something in context? You might need to decode something else before the begins to make sense.


    Bigger Nudge:
    We can't be talking about the original artist of our document from Azuro - that only leaves one other option. A reverse image search will help you find the original image - clean it up in GIMP first. Try desaturating and messing with the contrast.


    ☢ = U+2622, there is some context for you.

    But what does our symbol mean? It's not a religious symbol.
    Find the Wikipedia page for this symbol and see if any of it's uses could make sense for us.


    In a bit of a callback to season 2, we need to know that a large parrot can be called a macaw. See where you can find more information about these kinds of birds. Azuro wouldn't use the same exact bird for two different messages.

    What does the term "Scientific" mean in context with an animal?

    Biggest Nudge:
    When entering in a URL, capitalization really counts.


    See if any words or symbols you can't find a place for can be found in connection to a type of parrot.


    Formatting a phrase into a password has a lot of room for error - maybe it's easiest to just copy and paste.




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    N̨̤̥̥̪̻̤͇͝͠u̷̦̥͉̬͢d̷̡̡͕̗͉͍̣̤̭g̺͇͉ͅ3̖̦̥̩͡
    Our replication analysis mentions terms ending in .exe. What do all these terms have in common?

    The first exe is associated with the item in the second column, as is the second and ̨so ͢on...
    The final line associated with a blank - fill this blank in.


    I'll add to the list:
    Lee Mays Ossining
    Göldi Glarus
    Teske Leipzig




    B҉̝̬̱̝͚̤̮̮̪1̫̼̦̩̖͚͖͔͠g͏̠̫̕ǵ̻̫͚̻͈3̨͖̻̗̺̜͜͟r̬̣̰͔̰͓͘ ̀҉̼̲͇F͕̤͙̹̥͔̩͟1͚̝͈̬̼̭n̴̢̧̦̝̬̯4̞͜ĺ̡͇̖̜ ̴̰͇͉̬͙̹̝̀Ņ͎̗̰̜̦̣̖ṵ͠d̸̬͇͎͚͉̟͞g̯͇̦̱̗͕̠̰̣̕3̸̸͖̙̫̕
    Jock Stewart
    Hover, NYS Electrician
     

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