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Passcode Decoding Walkthrough #008.1 Jojo’s Word of the Day 2014-06-27

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in Code Breaking 101 | 0 comments

Decoding Tools

http://tools.decodeingress.me/

http://decodeingress.me/tools/

The format for this passcode is: [2-9][a-z][a-z][a-z][2-9]keyword[a-z][2-9][a-z][2-9][a-z]

Difficulty Rating: (out of 8. 1-5 are regular difficulty levels, 6-8 are very challenging):

Source of document:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JoJoStratton/posts/W7upEaRaeVR

https://googledrive.com/host/0BwXDFMPXURDAbzhTYkR2MDEwNEk/APEP.html

How/where to find the source of the passcode:

With Jojo’s Word of the Day, you usually check the source code of the HTML document to uncover the puzzle to solve. Looking at the end of line 3 in the source code

BKBTLTYTKLKTMLLLKTLTKFATFOYK

Methods/Process:

Looking at a frequency table for the characters does not provide much help:

Character Number of Hits
A 1
B 2
F 2
K 6
L 6
M 1
O 1
T 7
Y 2

 

Looks like we’ll need to find what these letters correspond to before proceeding further.

What doesn’t work is breaking up the string into pairs and trying to reverse engineer a solution:

BK BT LT YT KL KT ML LL KT LT KF AT FO YK

This technique will be fully introduced in a tutorial in the near future. In the mean time, assuming the pairs follow a pattern, KT ML KK KT (or TK LL LM TK) would correspond to the keyword part of the passcode, BK YT KF FO (or KY TL TY TB) would correspond to numbers. Unfortunately this will not work.

 

Passcode solution:

Starting in mid June 2014, JoJo’s Word of the Day codes usually follow a theme for about a week and this week the theme is space (specifically stars/Messier Objects). Doing a search for astronomy and individual letters:

stars "A" "B" "F" "K" "L" "M" "O" "T" "Y"

(individual letters are in quotation marks to prevent search engines from combining them)

The results should indicate Stellar classification and as an example, we will be using the Wikipedia entry:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stellar_classification

For this example, we don’t need to gather our data in a table because the characters we needed to look up (and G) are ordered differently than in the alphabet.

O B A F G K M L T Y

There are 10 letters in the classification so we can assume they correspond to the numbers 0 to 9. Doing the conversion:

1518789857586777587853283095

Going back to our frequency table with new values:

 

Character Number of Hits
A=2 1
B=1 2
F=3 2
K=5 6
L=7 6
M=6 1
O=0 1
T=8 7
Y=9 2

 

The 3 letters with the most hits are K=5, L=7 and T=8, which leads us to believe this code will be converted from Decimal to ASCII as the last step.

With trial and error and playing around on the Rumkin website, you will eventually find that Railfence is the proper approach.

Running 1518789857586777587853283095 through railfence decrypt with 3 rails:

1835572518868737770588979855

Reversing the result and pairing it up:

55 89 79 88 50 77 73 78 68 81 52 75 53 81

Converting from Decimal to ASCII:

7YOX2MINDQ4K5Q

Passcode items gained:

300 AP
200 XM
L1 Resonator (1)
L8 Xmp Burster (2)
Portal Shield (2)
Heat Sink (1) (Common)

Passcode Decoding Walkthrough #007.1 Jojo’s Word of the Day 2014-06-26

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Code Breaking 101 | 0 comments

Decoding Tools

http://tools.decodeingress.me/

http://decodeingress.me/tools/

The format for this passcode is: [2-9][a-z][a-z][a-z][2-9]keyword[a-z][2-9][a-z][2-9][a-z]

Difficulty Rating: (out of 8. 1-5 are regular difficulty levels, 6-8 are very challenging):

Source of document:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JoJoStratton/posts/12sfrTgzKmp

https://googledrive.com/host/0BwXDFMPXURDAbzhTYkR2MDEwNEk/ABDITORY.html

 

How/where to find the source of the passcode:

With Jojo’s Word of the Day, you usually check the source code of the HTML document to uncover the puzzle to solve. Looking at the end of line 3 in the source code

4 6715268210684569672069946838206819043034663710682323062876544486

Methods/Process:

The number 4 is separated from the rest of the string, this usually is a hint.

4 could mean anything but the length of the string is 64, which has a divisor of 4. So dividing it into blocks of 4 seems sensible.

6715
2682
1068
4569
6720
6994
6838
2068
1904
3034
6637
1068
2323
0628
7654
4486

Passcode solution:

As with the previous walkthrough, each line can be interpreted as individual data points in a data set. Searching them individually will not be helpful but searching multiple terms together can guide us to a solution. Try looking up: 6715 2682 1068 4569 in your favourite search engine.

Depending on the search engine, you’ll likely find results that refer to Messier objects. Starting in mid June 2014, JoJo’s Word of the Day codes usually follow a theme for about a week and the week we’re looking at deals with space.

As a reference, we’ll be using this website:

http://www.capefearastro.org/resources/Messier.htm

The numbers above correspond to NGC (New General Catalogue) in the table, so gathering our information in a table:

 

NGC M Sect Pg PA Dec
6715 54 4 11 18:55.1 -30.5
2682 67 1 11 8:50.4 11.8
1068 77 0 2 2:42.7 0.0
4569 90 2 6 12:36.8 13.2
6720 57 3 14 18:53.6 33.0
6994 73 5 16 20:59.0 -12.6
6838 71 5 9 19:53.8 18.8
2068 78 1 1 5:46.7 0.1
1904 79 1 4 5:24.5 -24.6
3034 82 2 20 9:55.8 69.7
6637 69 4 9 18:31.4 -32.4
1068 77 0 2 2:42.7 0.0
2323 50 1 9 7:03.2 -8.4
628 74 0 1 1:36.7 15.8
7654 52 0 7 23:24.2 61.6
4486 87 2 8 12:30.8 12.4

(table is truncated)

Looking at the data we have, the M (Messier Number) column presents us with numbers within the range of decimal numbers for A-Z and 0-9.

54 67 77 90 57 73 71 78 79 82 69 77 50 74 52 87

Converting decimal to ASCII

6CMZ9IGNOREM2J4W

Passcode items gained:

400 AP
100 XM
L1 Resonator (2)
L5 Xmp Burster (2)
Portal Shield (1)

 

Anomaly Report for #Helios 02 – 26 July

Posted by on Jul 27, 2014 in Anomaly | 1 comment

Round 2 of #Helios was a very close battle between the two factions with only 1.6 points difference before factoring in the cell scores showing that in this series, every portal in every city will count.

All

Both Teams won 3 Additional Cells each but with Bangkok being the Volatile, the Enlightened got the boost.

Cells

The battle was fierce in San Diego with the Resistance covering the city with a field contributing 131 points to their score but the Enlightened won by controlling most of the portals (R:99 – E:148) and volatile portals (R:6 – E:14)

San Diego

In Boston, the Enlightened had a covering field for the first 2 measurements earning them 33.6 points but when the field came down, their score was significantly boosted with 27 links established earning them 81 points. The bulk of the resistance’s score came from controlling the Volatile Portals (R:130 pts – E:60 pts)

Boston

In Philadelphia, The Resistance won almost all scoring categories except for portals in the 3rd measurement where the Enlightened tried to fight back.

Philadelphia

Stay tuned for continued coverage of the #Helios Anomaly series.

This Week in Niantic History, July 21st-25th, 2014

Posted by on Jul 25, 2014 in Stories | 0 comments

Good afternoon, Agents and Investigators! My name is Mustafa Said and welcome back to This Week in Niantic History.

 

So let’s begin with what was revealed on July 21st, 2013: study

It was a draft of a research project that Carrie Campbell, now in Hamburg, had attempted to begin at the Niantic Project. She believes that the Shaper Glyphs might have been secretly part of human history…

How it ties into the story: The double-blind Glyph study might have something to do with her being in Hamburg as well as her analysis of the Vision Journal…

 

On July 22nd, 2013, another document came to light:

epiphany2

It was the second page of Carrie’s Vision Journal. H. Richard Loeb believes that the pages, slowly leaking from an unknown source, might hold the keys to understanding the Shaper Glyphs…

On July 23rd, 2013, another document was leaked:

epiphany3

It was the third page of Carrie’s Vision Journal. Loeb asks the community about the effects of Shaping through XM throughout the course of human history: While today’s Journal page will certainly require much thought, I was particularly struck by the idea of ‘Shaping’ and what that might mean, not just today, but across time. My question today is, how might ‘Shaping’ have affected us across time? What major figures in our past may have been Shaped, and how might this have affected the today we exist in now? See the thread here at https://plus.google.com/105211554081025512763/posts/fJasEmLkgNS for the results.

 

On July 24th, 2013, another Vision Journal Page was leaked: epiphany4

Along with it, a message from the unknown source that sent them to Loeb: The Last of the first…   Loeb and the community, now armed with all of the pages, asks the community for them to develop a solid hypothesis on the nature of the Vision Journal and how they relate to the Glyphs. See the thread here for the dialogue: https://plus.google.com/+NianticProject/posts/eL7EMHFNPMX

 

 

And finally, on July 25th, 2013,  the eighteenth installment of the Ingress Report was released to the public:

In the episode, Susanna Moyer talks about the upcoming Operation Minotaur on August 3rd, a series of Enlightened and Resistance operations top the Mind Unit score to 1 billion, Agents from both factions begin to decode and unravel the first wave of Shaper Glyphs, rumors of new comics by Tycho at Comic-Con surface and new updates of the Ingress Scanner begin to activate.

 

What secrets will the Vision Journal Pages reveal? What are the stakes of Operation Minotaur?

 

As always, tune into DeCode Ingress to see what happened next in Niantic History!

The Global Battle to Defeat Devra’s Portal Virus

Posted by on Jul 25, 2014 in Control Fields | 0 comments

The battle has begun to defeat Devra’s Portal virus which increased the natural decay rate of portals.

What is the Devra Portal Virus?
During an episode of the Ingress Report, Devra Bogdanovich unleashes a Portal Virus that increased the portal decay rate from 15% a day to 34%.

How can the Devra Portal Virus be stopped?
From the research of Martin Schubert, it was determined that if the combined (Enlightened / Resistance) Global MU Level is above 700 Million at the end of the first Helios anomaly, it may return the decay rate back to 15%.

What is #TealOrNoDeal?
#TealOrNoDeal is a global cross faction effort to build alternating layered fields to hit the 700 Million Global MU required to stop the virus. If you’d like us to share the SitReps of your Operations, share the post on Google+ with the hashtags #DecodeIngress and #TealOrNoDeal