“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.