Can You Crack the Code?

The logo for the new US Cyber Command contains more than meets the eye. At first glance, it looks just like any other logo might, but further inspection reveals a secret code. (No, this is not the plot for a new Dan Brown novel.)

The gold band in the middle holds a series of numbers and letters that the Command acknowledges is a code of some sort, but no one seems to know what it means. The sequence is 9ec4c12949a4f31474f299058ce2b22a. Notes that explain the logo say it is a, “computer code that ties the command back to the early days of computer networking; USCYBERCOM’s mission statement is encrypted within this code.”

The Command spokesman believes the code is a cryptographic algorithm called an MD5 Hash, which converts all or part of the Command’s mission statement into a string of characters.

Wired’s Danger Room blog is offering a free T-shirt or a ticket to the International Spy Museum to the first person who cracks the code. Anyone care to give it a shot?

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