Message #371

Discussion in 'Archived Missions' started by Santiak, May 29, 2015.

  1. Santiak

    Santiak MIA

    Agents,

    An urgent mission requires immediate action. http://goo.gl/OqZtps

    Authorization code mORAy381.
     
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  2. Naurthoron

    Naurthoron Active Agent

    Completed.
    Some other agent was doing it at the same time :)
     
  3. Zekh

    Zekh Dimensionaut

    Can't use that :/
     
  4. Catalyst

    Catalyst Gold Member

  5. Naurthoron

    Naurthoron Active Agent

    I disagree, it does not matter, all have been operated by NSA/GCHQ and we just need 10 out of them as per the mission briefing message, whatever the landing site is.
     
  6. Carl

    Carl New Agent

    Just got an email reply after sending the list:
     
  7. vigatron

    vigatron Senior Agent

    Is there only going to be a response to the first person to send it in? I tried submitting it as an attachment and pasted into an email and got nothing.

    EDIT - nevermind. It just took a few minutes for it to come in.
     
  8. Naurthoron

    Naurthoron Active Agent

    Got the same response Carl, it was you the other agent :)
     
  9. Void

    Void Senior Agent

    Got it. What about IRC channel? As I understand, there's no spaces in IRC channel names. Is it the old division-66 one?
     
  10. Catalyst

    Catalyst Gold Member

    Freenode, channel #division66
     
  11. kelbris

    kelbris Senior Agent

    How did you access the briefing? Was it Steganography? And what about this "list"? I am so confused, got the same e-mail btw
     
  12. nikel

    nikel Lab 1852 - Neurals

    The link the the page that held the briefing and the briefing ID number can both be found hidden in plain sight in the picture.

    cryptobin.org is written horizontally down the pillar next to the radiators in white text, while the message ID is written along the bottom radiator starting in the middle-right, also in white text.
     
  13. Zargh

    Zargh Moderator

    For further investigation:
    Found some of those cables in the internet...

    Atlantic Crossing-1 (AC-1)
    RFS: May 1998
    Cable Length: 14,301 km
    Owners: Level 3
    URL: http://www.level3.com
    Landing Points
    Beverwijk, Netherlands
    Brookhaven, New York, United States
    Sylt, Germany
    Whitesands Bay, United Kingdom

    Apollo
    RFS: February 2003
    Cable Length: 13,000 km
    Owners: Alcatel-Lucent, Vodafone
    URL: http://www.apollo-scs.com
    Landing Points
    Bude, United Kingdom
    Lannion, France
    Manasquan, New Jersey, United States
    Shirley, New York, United States

    Hibernia Atlantic
    RFS: April 2001
    Cable Length: 12,200 km
    Owners: Hibernia Networks
    URL: http://www.hibernianetworks.com
    Landing Points
    Coleraine, United Kingdom
    Dublin, Ireland
    Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Lynn, Massachusetts, United States
    Southport, United Kingdom

    Hibernia Express
    RFS: September 2015
    Cable Length: 4,600 km
    Owners: Hibernia Networks
    URL: http://www.hibernianetworks.com
    Landing Points
    Brean, United Kingdom
    Cork, Ireland
    Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

    Tata TGN-Atlantic
    RFS: June 2001
    Cable Length: 13,000 km
    Owners: Tata Communications
    URL: http://www.tatacommunications.com
    Landing Points
    Highbridge, United Kingdom
    Wall Township, New Jersey, United States

    TAT-14
    RFS: April 2001
    Cable Length: 15,295 km
    Owners: BT, Verizon, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Sprint, TeliaSonera, Level 3, KPN, Telenor, Etisalat, OTEGLOBE, SingTel, KDDI, Softbank Telecom, Zayo Group, Portugal Telecom, Slovak Telekom, TDC, Telus, Tata Communications, Telefonica, AT&T, Belgacom, Elisa Corporation, Cyta, Rostelecom, Vodafone
    URL: https://www.tat-14.com
    Landing Points
    Blaabjerg, Denmark
    Bude, United Kingdom
    Katwijk, Netherlands
    Manasquan, New Jersey, United States
    Norden, Germany
    St. Valéry, France
    Tuckerton, New Jersey, United States

    FLAG Atlantic-1 (FA-1)
    RFS: June 2001
    Cable Length: 14,500 km
    Owners: Global Cloud Xchange
    URL: http://www.globalcloudxchange.com
    Landing Points
    Island Park, New York, United States
    Northport, New York, United States
    Plerin, France
    Skewjack, United Kingdom
     
  14. Maurna

    Maurna Gold Member

    There are a number of articles post Snowden that state that ALL cables that enter the UK were tapped. Turns out you can then go to wikipedia and look up a list of international submarine communications cables and do a search for UK. Cool map here I have no idea how the original few people solved the puzzle.

    The lack of a number 4 in the mission briefing is bothersome, just saying. *is suspicious*

    ~MF
     
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  15. Systole

    Systole Active Agent

    I decrypted the cryptobin code on my own, and found a submarine cable map but I was wondering how you determine which ones have been in use by the NSA. Love puzzles, terrible at them, trying to improve, looking for tips.
     
  16. Maurna

    Maurna Gold Member

    I did a search for NSA, GCHQ, and transatlantic cable tapping and came up with some articles here, here, and here. I then followed the rabbit down the hole on WIRED. Apparentely Snowden leaked details that demonstrated that the GCHQ and the NSA had been working together to monitor/sort all of the data from the beginning on the "theory" that it's legal to collect in the UK (interesting logic there from a WIRED report) and legal for the NSA because the data was collected by someone else, they're just analyzing it.

    It actually took me a while to figure out how to track down the names of the cables. Cable tapping itself has been going on for a long time. Operation Ivy Bells was the first thing that popped up when I did a search that didn't include GCHQ in it, for example.

    Edit: spelling errors
     
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  17. Nashan

    Nashan Active Agent

    Congrats fellow agents, nice job!

    It was night time on my side so I only saw the mission this morning. ;)
     
  18. Greenhead

    Greenhead Senior Agent

    Good job. It was Saturday evening on my side and I was otherwise occupied, so I didn't see the mission until it was completed. Waiting for the IRC, though...
     
  19. thatangryviking

    thatangryviking Viking Turkey | The Bot Slayer

    Mission came in while I was at work, got some interest from my co-workers as I start pounding away at my keyboard while they are wondering what's going on as there was nothing going on work related.
     
  20. Void

    Void Senior Agent

    First of all, I just googled all relevant keywords like "BLUE CRUSH", "submarine cables" etc. Suffice so say, some stuff that I found is worthy of its own ARG. Eventually, I read some articles about project PRISM and other Snowden leaks. It turns out, there's a "cable master list" which catalogs all cables used by GCHQ. Considering that all UK cables were tapped, it's pretty easy to find their landing points with the aforementioned submarine cable map.
     

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