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 Post subject: Re: INCOMING TRANSMISSION - Discussion
PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 8:51 pm 
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Oh it was simple. I noticed how the numbers could be split into bunches of three, where all numbers were below 256, bytes that is. So I just took every byte manually using an online converter and coverted it into hex decimals and saved it as a binary file.

Or am I simply on the wrong track and should I treat this as numbers, not as bytes? I'm completely lost in how to decode this piece of information, esspecially now knowing the key is encoded too, I have little clue.

Can anyone PM me an example showcasing a similar decryption method without spoiling too much? Is this a Unencrypted text = Encrypted text - Key?

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 Post subject: Re: INCOMING TRANSMISSION - Discussion
PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 8:58 pm 
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As I said, you don't need the 'key', and you are on the right track.


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 Post subject: Re: INCOMING TRANSMISSION - Discussion
PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 9:22 pm 
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How can there be a key that you don't need? If the message in encrypted, then from what I've read, you need the key to figure it out (so says Wikipedia). Correct me if I'm wrong, but if you don't need the key to decipher the text, then the encryption is pretty pointless.

For the nth time, if someone wants to have mercy on the unenlightened, drop me PM. And now, back to Google. ;-)


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 Post subject: Re: INCOMING TRANSMISSION - Discussion
PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 9:30 pm 
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Sorry, maybe 'key' isn't technically correct. I just mean it's a clue. One that would help if you can understand it, but isn't absolutely necessary.


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 Post subject: Re: INCOMING TRANSMISSION - Discussion
PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 9:39 pm 
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There are sometimes other ways through a door, other than just the key.


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 Post subject: Re: INCOMING TRANSMISSION - Discussion
PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 9:55 pm 
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For anyone having difficulty with the pronunciation of the numbers within the transmission, I've knocked-up something that may help.

http://www.jabs.clara.co.uk/Polish.html


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 Post subject: Re: INCOMING TRANSMISSION - Discussion
PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 10:02 pm 
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Hahaha brilliant solution. My hint is stay simple, remember the sequence of letters when decoding the data and then google the mysterious results. Now to figure out what this means!


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 Post subject: Re: INCOMING TRANSMISSION - Discussion
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 Post subject: Re: INCOMING TRANSMISSION - Discussion
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 Post subject: Re: INCOMING TRANSMISSION - Discussion
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Wow, I just wasted my entire afternoon and feel like i have gotten no where. I wrote out the numbers and I've converted them every possible way, from DEC to HEX, Binary, ASCII; then i was converting them with ROT47 and I even read that whole wiki write up on the number station; and I'm just now frustrated. If anyone here could give me a really big hint or just blatantly tell me how to figure this out, It'd be very much appreciated.


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 Post subject: Re: INCOMING TRANSMISSION - Discussion
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I must admit, this puzzle has been fascinating; I've learnt how to count in Polish and discovered a whole new world regarding the existence of the (somewhat creepy) Number Stations which I knew nothing about before. And, of course, there's the message itself. Great stuff.

Kudos to Adam, and anyone else that helped devise this minor mystery. It really enhances the MINERVA atmosphere...


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 Post subject: Re: INCOMING TRANSMISSION - Discussion
PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 12:26 pm 
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Hey Lewk. Stop reading when you don't need more spoilers. A telephone number is dialed in the sound file. Try and figure out what that is. It's written on the first page in this thread. ;-). Let's just say it's a very primively encoded text string that gives away what you need.

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 Post subject: Re: INCOMING TRANSMISSION - Discussion
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That's fantastic. I wrote it out by hand as i listened to the message (as it was evident that i wrote some numbers down wrong), and it was rather exciting. I never knew something so dull to be so exhilarating.

So how do we discuss what the message means without spoiling it for everyone?


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 Post subject: Re: INCOMING TRANSMISSION - Discussion
PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 1:42 pm 
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We make a topic with the name "[BIG MASSIVE SPOILER] Discussion"?

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 Post subject: Re: INCOMING TRANSMISSION - Discussion
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Wow, I must be too sleepy. I've spent awhile trying to figure this thing out and I cant see how the phone number can be converted to text. Does that hint get any clearer perhaps? without spoiling it.


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