Monday, 7 May 2007

Sleeping beauty?

Remember the strange mail message I talked about? We (that is, me and some persons in the offices around me) are trying to figure out what it is in our free time. Actually, I had already given up last week after spending several hours without getting anywhere, but today, I can report our first success. Guess what? More or less by accident, Bastiaan Heeren (also a member of the contest organization committee) found a picture hidden in the flood of seemingly random data. He says it was encrypted, and that he somehow managed to decrypt it. I do not know the details, but I am not sure he did it right, as it looks really strange. But see for yourself!

5 comments:

Justin said...

Am I the only who thinks this is the beginning of a really cheese Stephen King novel? "Spam Zombies - first they eat your server, then they eat your BRAIN!"

Darren said...
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Darren said...

Looks like the image has been distorted, possibly as part of a catchpa. I can see a face in the lower right corner.

The transform is probably an anticlockwise rotation about some central point using rotation that is a non-linear function of the distance from the rotation point.

Zsb√°n said...

Last time an encrypted codex found during an excavation, this time an encrypted image in a strange mail message. Quite suspiciuos.

scruzia said...

Maybe it's a first puzzle/hint for the upcoming ICFP contest?