Step by Step Solution for Hack Ingress Invite Puzzle
To start, type:
They will not control us…we will be victorious.
Those are lyrics from the song “Uprising” by Muse (also off their album “resistance”…just as an aside)
You’re not ready for that yet…but the first step is right in front of you, staring you in the face like a mirror.
(3hrs later): You’re not ready for that yet…but the first step is right in front of you, staring you in the face like a mirror. Be clear and look higher
It means type ‘clear’ to get erase the screen, then look higher into the URL http://hackingress.com/3va77xq4ili1/
‘like a mirror’: take 3va77xq4ili1, and reverse it to get 1ili4qx77av3
In the terminal, run:
> decode 1ili4qx77av3
DECODE SUCCESSFUL: L3 @ X2X8.X5X6X5X4X1X6-Y8Y1.Y7Y3Y3Y2Y4Y7
Remove the X’s and Y’s (indicating coordinates) to get
L3 28.565416 -81.733247
Enter that in the ingress.com/intel SEARCH box
You will see a Level 3 Portal, owned by Varian, with the name “Onederland Children’s Club” (get it? Onederland homophone for Wonderland…like Alice)
IT IS THIS AGENT’S OPINION THAT THE BUSINESS KNOWN AS ‘ONEDERLAND CHILDREN’S CLUB’ IS ACTUALLY A FALSE ENTITY THAT MANUFACTURES XM-BASED WEAPONS. AFTER A TWO-WEEK UNDERCOVER OBSERVATION, NO CHILDREN WERE OBSERVED ENTERING OR LEAVING THE FACILITY, AND COVERT (POSSIBLY HOSTILE) OPERATORS WERE ROUTINELY SPOTTED IN THE AREA, JEOPARDIZING FURTHER INVESTIGATION.
Ingress Monitoring Group’s Undercover Report: 9F2Bn
“Ingress Monitoring Group’s Undercover Report” is an acronym for IMGUR, a popular image-sharing website.
It’s the HackIngress.com logo…click on it to get a larger version
Download it and adjust the levels, and you will see a code hidden in the bottom left: ‘d2hpcHB1cnI=?’ if you try to DECODE it, it tells you it’s too simple and that it’s binary data.
DECODED VALUE: whippurr
STATUS: L3 Agent
NOTE: More information is available in the AS/400 Archive Library: ‘L3Agent_List’
Now, you need to know two things…it’s a Library, and it’s in AS/400. A quick google search will show you a few AS/400 commands related to libraries (DISPLIB, EDITLIB, etc)
Database ‘L2ALIB-1′ is encrypted via MD5 hash.
Encrypted? Hack it!
Hack successful. Library decrypted.
ERROR: Data is corrupt, invalid string: ‘._…_…_….._._._._…_….._..__._._..__._._..__._….__.___._..__._._..____._._..__’?
The “invalid string” looks like morse code, but it’s actually binary…replace the “.” with 0 and “_” with 1
That gets you: 01000100 01000001 01010100 01000001 00110101 00110101 00110100 00110111 01001101 01001111 01010011
Convert that to TEXT and you get ‘DATA5547MOS’
Unlocks the sixth (and final) stage…and the invite code.