Cyber Command logo code cracked

By Suzanne Kubota
Senior Internet Editor

Nearly as soon as the internet started buzzing about a super secret code embedded in the new Cyber Command’s logo come reports it’s been cracked.

Sean-Paul Correll, a threat researcher with Panda Security, says the characters on the inner gold ring of the logo “represent the MD5 hash of the group’s mission statement,” reports ComputerWorld.

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“Mr. Correll is correct…it’s a MD5 hash,” said Lt. Commander Steve Curry of the U.S. Navy, in an e-mail to the magazine.


An MD5 hash is software used for encryption.

Correll said it took him less than an hour to figure it out after a story about the code appeared on Wired’s Danger Room blog.

Wired announced a contest in the blog for cracking the code, with the winner having their choice of a t-shirt or a pass to the International Spy Museum. In a follow up column, Wired announced Danger Room reader jemelehill as the winner, having been the first to post the solution in the story’s comments.

In a Defense Department blog, Petty Officer 2nd Class Elliott Fabrizio said, “Well, I cracked the code, but you can keep my t-shirt. ( shirts aren’t exactly babe magnets.)”

Comments posted to the Wired story included guesses like:

  • “Soylent Green is people”
  • “If you can read this, send your resume to”
  • “I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.”
  • “If the intelligence community is a family, think of us as the uncle no one talks about.”
  • “In God We Trust All Others We Monitor”

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