Lesson 9 - Where the poem points
This is an ongoing series to dissect the PhreakNIC v3.0 code, which
seen at http://www.phreaknic.org/phreaknic.txt
A lot of you have been waiting for this. You're gonna *like* this lesson.
And then, I'm going to dump a bunch of homework on you. But
trust me, it'll
be worth it.
Okay, here we go:
The poem that we've been working on does not tell us how to make
a PGP key
for the next section, but it *does* tell us where to find a key. Or at
least, it points to somewhere else to start looking.
The part that we needed was here, in the letters that were set off
t se i e m h t r . l k r
As is everything else in the poem, it's an anagram. The different
though, is that it's an anagram of an HTML link, and that it uses jargon.
If you looked at the se2600.org homepage, you may have noticed that
Projects page is named "top_sekrit", with "sekrit" being the deliberately
misspelled jargon that I've been referring to all along, and the word that
JonnyX occasionally uses in his posts to the list.
The PhreakNIC v2.0 Code also used the word "sekrit" in its solution,
was pointed out in both the PhreakNIC v2.0 and PhreakNIC v3.0 program books.
So if we pull "sekrit" out of the above letters, we get:
t se i e m h t r . l k r --> sekrit temh.lr
Pull out .html, too:
sekrit temh.lr --> sekrit.html (with "er" left over)
No, the page isn't just "sekrit", it's "sekriter".
- Check out the page at: http://www.phreaknic.org/sekriter.html
- Other homework: Go to the EFGA site, at http://www.efga.org,
the audio files from the DragonCon 2000 tracks. Listen to the "Hacking 101"
talk. If you're short on time (or patience) and don't want to listen to the
whole thing, fast-forward to about the 1h17m or 1h19m mark, and listen to the
next few minutes of the file. You'll hear JonnyX and the other panel members
talking about some cryptography stuff that's directly applicable to the next
section of the Code.
- Also, for the next section we're going to have to go on
a web treasure
hunt for a couple things. I strongly recommend www.google.com, so get
familiar with it. Know it. Love it. Google is your friend. :)
- Extra credit: If someone would like to type up a
text transcript of the
above portion of the DragonCon track and post it to the list, you can earn a
brownie point. And... a hint. And... a shrubbery! And maybe even a beer. :)
Next installment: To heck with text, we've got pictures!
"I'm a gamer. It's what I am. It's what I do."