Encryption Challenge

Well, if you can see a purple hand thingy off to the right, then you’re looking at the new and improved Wyrmworld homepage. I got sick of having to manually update it whenever I wanted to make a change, so I turned it into a JSP. Pretty cool huh?

So, the question everyone is asking – What happened for the rest of my time in Kalgoorlie? Well it was cool. I read a whole load more Bill Bryson, watched some videos, and on Friday we all headed down to Esperance (four hour drive each way, but well worth it). I just haven’t got around to writing it up yet.

I’ll probably get it done over the weekend. I’ve just been generally bumming around since I got back, playing Caeser III, watching the shows I got the folks to tape while I was away (yeah, like I’m going to miss Stargate). That kind of thing.

Anyway just to put something up here, I’ve decided to set my readers (if there are any of you at all 🙂 a challenge. During my time in Kal I re-read Simon Singh’s The Code Book. This led me to come up with a new (pretty damn simple, but new nonetheless) system of encryption. So naturally I’m inviting people to try and crack it. The encrypted sample is below. The first person to email me with the solution and a description of their decryption method will win…. um, the kudos of having said name posted here as the winner I guess (oh yeah, that’s such a big incentive 🙂

Just to give you all (by who I mean the few bored cryptologists who might happen to stumble over this and decide to waste a few hours on it) a bit of a hand, it is in English. I also did all the encryption by hand, so there’s obviously no complicated mathematical algorythms involved. Apart from that, well, anything goes 🙂

01 81 10 08 02 29 00 50 10 48 01 85 00 93 30 97 31 39 30 37 22 01 42 01 01 49 03 77 12 53 30 87 00 91 14 08 32 07 01 25 14 12 30 67 01 99 00 08 30 17 01 40 00 40 32 07 10 18 02 53 32 07 00 58 32 37 40 51 02 01 00 58 13 98 13 79 00 16 01 89 44 01 30 27 00 55 13 74 22 88 30 87 41 51 21 81 13 79 20 53 31 89 03 75 11 45 30 17 30 47 40 11 10 58 44 10 30 17 11 88 02 29 01 85 00 54 10 38 03 79 21 50 30 07 12 53 31 57 10 42 30 37 00 18 01 89 43 70 03 99 20 52 34 17 00 52 01 45 32 07 11 25 03 74 20 80 02 01 32 07 00 08 03 75 11 25 03 74 20 83 10 05 30 27 01 81 00 17 01 49 30 17 10 44 31 97 04 11 20 52 43 70 20 80 02 55 30 77 02 05 03 70 11 59 10 42 30 67 11 85 32 07 00 58 03 70 01 57 41 21 03 74 14 15 13 74 20 80 03 75 01 20 02 09 21 20 03 75 14 11 01 49 40 71 31 99 30 77 10 18 20 52 43 70 11 59 30 77 10 05 10 45 10 94 00 87 23 70 21 50 31 97 01 83 00 15 10 53 10 08 13 79 01 41 03 74 01 57 10 45 10 94 00 87 23 70 00 90 10 58 14 14 04 05 30 17 31 97 01 21 22 50 32 37 00 08 01 99 10 51 13 78 21 53 13 94 23 70 02 18 14 18 23 70 01 41 22 05 00 98 10 74 44 10

I’ll probably be writing a program to encrypt and decrypt using this method shortly, so if anyone actually does decide to try this and needs a larger sample text, please email me.

So, until the weekend then.

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