Passcode Decoding Walkthrough #014: More Keyword Subs!

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In the last article we discussed keyword substitutions and suggested some places to look when figuring them out.

Today, we’re going to look at the high priority alert released on September 12 and the 3 codes hidden inside.

Bursts

The passcode format for the 3 codes is:

[2-9][a-z][a-z][a-z][2-9]keyword[a-z][2-9][a-z][2-9][a-z]

Code 1: Difficulty (2/5)

bursts-code1

9za8Ju963x

The code seems to be in the proper passcode format with J in the keyword position. Obviously looking for a glyph that looks like J is the first thing that comes to mind:

Destination

Destination

Resist/Resistance/Struggle

Resist/Resistance/Struggle

Path

Path

Use

Use

Unfortunately none of them work. Interpreting J as “Jay”, we turn to the Niantic Wiki and their list of Characters and we see Jay Phillips.

9za8phillipsu963x

Code 2: Difficulty (2/5)

bursts-code2

7swm7alignmentv8n9o

This code also seems to be in the proper passcode format and alignment is a known keyword but it is not a valid passcode. Looking up alignment in the Niantic Wiki reveals there’s a book called The Alignment: Ingress by Thomas Greanias. Greanias is a known keyword too.

7swm7greaniasv8n9o

Code 3: Difficulty (2/5)

bursts-code3-1

Code 3 is braille but it needs to be horizontally flipped to read properly.

bursts-code3-2

2qvr2howmuchx8h2d

Like code 1 and code 2, the code seems to be in the proper format but howmuch is not a known keyword.

I mentioned in the previous article that you’ll find a non-English term as the keyword to translate into an English keyword, the reverse is also possible. Knowing Latin will help translate how much into quantus or quantum, of which quantum is a known keyword.

2qvr2quantumx8h2d

What’s next?

Roger Strain will look at codes from the Access Dive 4.

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Passcode Decoding Walkthrough #014: More Keyword Subs!

by Jack Truong (SQL) time to read: 1 min
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