High Priority Communication

Discussion in 'Fan & Sandbox Missions' started by Catalyst, Sep 12, 2014.

  1. Catalyst

    Catalyst Gold Member

    Authorization 266-A
    Agents, Friends: I have in my possession the ability to grant 5 agents access to High Priority Communication Channels. Data loss is imminent. The first part follows this message. This is an opportunity to work in small teams against other small teams. I trust you to organize yourselves.

    This information can be kept private, but if no team succeeds then the data will be lost.
    00011 0110 11 010101
    1010 0100 111 1010
    101 00 000 1
    00 1010 101 00
    10 110 010101 10101
    0111 01 1 01
    00011 1001 000 10
    0101 01111 01111 11111
    11111 11111 01111 01111
    11111 01010 10110
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  2. Catalyst

    Catalyst Gold Member

    # S 148 BYTES - T 1410775200
    30 20 31 31 30 31 20 31 20 31 20 31 31 30 30 20 31 31 20 31 30 30 30 20 31 30 31 30 20 31 31 30 30 20 30 30 30 31 20 31 30 31 30 20 30 30 30 31 20 30 31 30 30 20 31 31 20 31 31 30 30 20 30 31 20 30 30 20 30 30 31 20 31 31 20 30 30 31 20 31 31 20 31 30 30 30 20 30 31 31 30 20 30 31 31 20 30 31 30 30 20 30 31 30 31 30 31 20 31 31 30 31 20 30 31 30 20 31 30 30 31 20 31 31 30 31 20 30 31 30 20 31 31 20 31 31 31 30 30 20 31 30 31 30 30 31 30 30
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  3. Catalyst

    Catalyst Gold Member

    I would like to remind my fellow agents that the clock is still ticking. The lead may go cold if we're not careful.
  4. Bink

    Bink Senior Agent

    I'll starttonight when I get home from work. (Didn't want you to think we all left you hanging.) :)
  5. Rowyne

    Rowyne Division-79

    Not sure how I missed this thread. I will start in the morning when my paper is at least half done.
  6. Bink

    Bink Senior Agent

    anyone here know UNIX? this looks UNIX to me... if it is. i'm out lol don't know a lick
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  7. bljkr

    bljkr Gold Member

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  8. Bink

    Bink Senior Agent

    I decoded this to "0 1101 1 1 1100 11 1000 1010 1100 0001 1010 0001 0100 11 1100 01 00 001 11 001 11 1000 0110 011 0100 010101 1101 010 1001 1101 010 11 11100 10100100" so if we can decode the first message we can probably decode the second one as well.
  9. imef

    imef Senior Agent

    I found those translations. I have no clue on what to do after that...
    It's morse code. zeros represent '.' and ones represent '-'.
    I don't think the translations are 100% exact. Some morse code translators give other results...
    Message 1:
    Message 2:
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  10. Zargh

    Zargh Moderator

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  11. Zargh

    Zargh Moderator

    Ok. Just because i am a nice guy and having holidays the next 3 weeks since monday...

    I did 128 upper/lowercase combinations on pastebin, i did 128 upper/lowercase combinations on imgur.
    From jata3xsn to JATA3XSN its 128 possible ones... and no success.
    Anyone else has any idea where you can put in 8 character links too? bit.ly refuses, it says 6 chars long...
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  12. bljkr

    bljkr Gold Member

    From the IRC Channel chat:
    10:51:54 AgentCatalyst | Everyone is dancing around the clues for it
    11:53:20 AgentCatalyst | Your best hint is that in those two messages are all the clues you need to solve the first one.
    11:54:17 AgentCatalyst | And your second best hint is that the target data will be automatically deleted on Friday, outside of my control

    Personally, I don't know what clues we are dancing around, unless it is the time stamp in the second message or the 1100 0110 (Hex c6) in the first. Some analysis (http://bionsgadgets.appspot.com/gadget_forms/refscore_extended_demo.html) on the found strings suggest they might be 6x6 bifid cipher or possibly playfair since they are the only ones that tend to have numbers in the encrypted text. But then there is the Rot-n shift for the message in the second. Does that mean the strings need to be shifted too or no? Or is it part of a url shortner string, but then which one? Head hurts, so going to go lurk.

    decrpyted text from both messages with pro-sign annotations no separation though and I didn't run the ROT-n conversion on the second message:
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  13. Zargh

    Zargh Moderator

    Looking over and over on all this...staring for hours on what we have found out until now...
    Searching and reading hundreds of sites about Morse, about prosigns, about ham radio, -codes, tap codes, cw abbreviations... There is so much outside. And nothing is really standarized. There is even different Morse code, the US railroad code for example.

    CT could be a prosign for Commencing Translation, it could also be C T, means 2 abbreviations, C for Yes and T for Zero...

    As long as we do not know what reference is used here for shorhands, cw abbreviations or even string manipulations, i fear we will not have a chance to solve this. Even the prosigns could have been no prosigns, could have been cw or tap code...
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  14. Santiak

    Santiak MIA

    Been playing a bit with trying to stick it in a rotational cipher, based on the first message alluding as such - and the second one not rebuking that assumption. No dice, but thought it was worth noting that perhaps the "hints" are to be taken in the literal sense, rather than the hint being the methods previously used.
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  15. Catalyst

    Catalyst Gold Member

    As you all may have noticed, the first round has expired. I will be creating the second part with this in mind. However, because the puzzle was not solved I will be including the solution here. Santiak was the closest that I have seen to discovering the secret.

    Both messages were succesfully translated, and I will consider successes to be common knowledge. The three strings you were having trouble with are:

    The significance of each works backwards.

    QRX and QRM 8 are Q-codes; I must have been looking only at regionally local charts, or misunderstood the wa Q-Codes work. The actual meaning for these are irrelevant, as the important piece was that the message used the number 8. The previous string was Rot-18 decoded, which means that (26-18=) Rot-8 encoded.

    Using this you were meant to infer that the original message would be ROT encoded so that you can apply the correct neutralizing rotation cipher. The 3 PM, or thee 3 in the string itself, were to say that the string was Rot-3 encoded. A rot 23 would have given you another nonsensical string.

    Using one of Santiak's, and others', guess you would have ended up with GXqx3UPk, directing you to http://pastebin.com/GXqx3UPk

    This pastebin contained instructions for the original part 2.

    I'll be doing research to produce a second part more accessible and with less steps.
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  16. Santiak

    Santiak MIA


    Cheers for the explanation - and great puzzle! ^^
    Excellent example of how vital it can be to keep in mind even the most minute of details if you find yourself stuck on a particular step - no matter how insignificant or common-place it may seem.

    In addition, also a perfect example of how "wild and irrational ideas" can hold the key to certain puzzles. If I try to disregard the 20/20 hindsight we now have, I can only imagine how silly I would have felt suggesting that the "3" in both strings hinted at the ROT degree. ;)

    Again, great puzzle! ^^

    Actually reminds me of what I'm currently studying; conceptual metaphors. The theory that we use metaphores in everyday life to such an extent, that we no longer identify them as metaphores, and when coerced to do so, even have difficulty acknowledging them as such. But I digress.

    Looking forward to the next puzzle. :)
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  17. OCDCoder

    OCDCoder Moderator

    I like that...

    Also, your image made me laugh WAY longer than it should have... :D
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  18. Catalyst

    Catalyst Gold Member

    My intent was to create a puzzle environment where the two agents would not have a key, nor a method, assigned prior to first contact. You may be dead in the water, like Msika, and have to give clues in context that seem nebulous. Like 3PM, the time the message was posted on the Eastern Timezone. Nebulous, but holds the key. :) This is a hint of what's to come; as I attempt to unfold a false story of "Training" for communications. My goal is to create a core of people who look at messages meant for another with no context. People that look at the time and say "Is this a key".

    For part 2, good luck in advance.
  19. Catalyst

    Catalyst Gold Member

    I apologize for resurrecting this thread from the past, but I intend to build on this puzzle's premise and use the community puppet-master opportunity for the second part.
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