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Oct 31 2012   5:51PM GMT

Cryptography contest solution



Posted by: Ken Harthun
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Security

So, if you haven’t figured it out already, the code I posted last night is from Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Gold Bug.” From Wikipedia:

The Gold-Bug” is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe. Set on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, the plot follows William Legrand, who was recently bitten by a gold-colored bug. His servant Jupiter fears Legrand is going insane and goes to Legrand’s friend, an unnamed narrator who agrees to visit his old friend. Legrand pulls the other two into an adventure after deciphering a secret message that will lead to a buried treasure.

The decoded ciphertext reads as follows:

A good glass in the bishop’s hostel in the devil’s seat
forty-one degrees and thirteen minutes northeast and by north
main branch seventh limb east side shoot from the left eye of the death’s-head
a bee line from the tree through the shot fifty feet out.

Have a Happy Halloween, everyone!

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