Shrouded in mystery, cloaked in silence, traditions within the intelligence community are continuing on the internet.
Many who have spent time in, or around, Washington’s cipher sleuths know about Kryptos: a sculpture on the grounds of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia. For more than 40 years, a code in the work of art has unbroken.
Now, the U.S. military’s new Cyber Command has a throwdown of its own, embedded in the unit’s logo for all to see.
In the inner gold ring is the code 9ec4c12949a4f31474f299058ce2b22a
“It is not just random numbers and does ‘decode’ to something specific,” a Cyber Command source tells Wired’s Danger Room blog. “I believe it is specifically detailed in the official heraldry for the unit symbol.”
The source hints the code refers to “something necessary for every military unit: the mission.”
If you figure out this 21st century “riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma,” be the first person to submit the answer to Wired, and you could win your choice of a Danger Room T-shirt or a ticket to the International Spy Museum.
And you’ll know the pride of cracking the code.
UPDATE: The code has been CRACKED!! For more, click here.
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