By Gregg Keizer
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
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
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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