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Researcher cracks 'secret' code in U.S. Cyber Command logo




Researcher cracks 'secret' code in U.S. Cyber Command logo
Researcher cracks 'secret' code in U.S. Cyber Command logo



http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9179004/Researcher_cracks_secret_code_in_U.S._Cyber_Command_logo 

By Gregg Keizer
Computerworld 
July 8, 2010

A security researcher said on Thursday he was the first to crack the 
code embedded in the seal of the U.S. Cyber Command (Cybercom), the 
group responsible for protecting the country's military networks from 
attack.

Sean-Paul Correll, a threat researcher with antivirus vendor Panda 
Security, said that the characters visible in a gold ring on Cybercom's 
official seal represent the MD5 hash of the group's mission statement. 
MD5 is a 128-bit cryptographic hash most often used to verify file 
integrity.

A representative of Cybercom confirmed that Correll had it right. " Mr. 
Correll is correct...it's a MD5 hash," said Lt. Commander Steve Curry of 
the U.S. Navy, in an e-mail.

"It wasn't very difficult," said Correll, adding that thanks to the clue 
on Wired.com's Danger Room blog, it took him just a few minutes to 
figure out that the characters -- 9ec4c12949a4f31474f299058ce2b22a -- 
were the hash value for Cybercom's mission statement.

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