U.S. Cyber Command logo contains coded message
Wired asks readers to help crack the code for Cyber Command, which is responsible for the protection of military computer networks.
Thu, Jul 08, 2010 at 07:05 PM
DECODED: The coded message is U.S. Cyber Command's paragraph-long mission statement encrypted in MD5 hash code. (Photo: Department of Defense/AP)
9ec4c12949a4f31474f299058ce2b22a. That's not garble, it's the coded message inscribed in the logo of the newly created U.S. Cyber Command.
Technology magazine Wired this week asked readers to help crack the code on the logo, which also features a picture of a globe and a bald eagle perched on a shield emblazoned with crossed swords, a lightning bolt and a key.
The comments page on Wired attracted hundreds of submissions on the meaning of the string of numbers and letters including tongue-in-check suggestions.
"It's the pass phrase for their Wi-Fi network at HQ," wrote "kmadams85."
Many said it was U.S. Cyber Command's paragraph-long mission statement encrypted in MD5 hash code, and Wired confirmed Thursday that was indeed the case, saying a reader needed just over three hours to figure it out.
U.S. Cyber Command is responsible for the protection of military computer networks and is commanded by Gen. Keith Alexander, who also heads the National Security Agency, the super-secret U.S. surveillance agency.
In plain English, U.S. Cyber Command's full mission statement reads: "USCYBERCOM plans, coordinates, integrates, synchronizes and conducts activities to: direct the operations and defense of specified Department of Defense information networks and; prepare to, and when directed, conduct full spectrum military cyberspace operations in order to enable actions in all domains, ensure US/Allied freedom of action in cyberspace and deny the same to our adversaries."
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