Lesson 13 - The Walkthrough
This is an ongoing series to dissect the PhreakNIC v3.0 code, which
seen at http://www.phreaknic.org/phreaknic.txt
The PhreakNIC v3.0 Code can be broken down into six sections:
(1) The first line of numbers
(2) A few lines of "poem" gibberish
(3) A rotated PGP message
(4) A rotated UUencoded message
(5) The last "bkkbb" line
(6) The "sekrit" page pointed to by the poem from section 2
The following step-by-step walkthrough assumes that you already have the
necessary reference materials and utilities, such as PGP, a Hex/ASCII chart,
an unzip or UUdecoder utility, etc. If you do not have them, links to
everything necessary can be found at:
Step by step:
(1) The first line:
- Break up the numbers into 2-digit segments
- Convert the Hex to ASCII
- Rotate the ASCII via ROT-13 to get:
"Nice start. Now
it gets tough."
(2) The gibberish after, a 9-line poem.
- Rotate via ROT-13.
- Each line is a separate anagram which translates to:
The earnes[t][se]crets sho(n)e.
--> These sentences are short.
(O)ne hears sat[i]re. --> There is a reason.
Ahem - r(e)ally rag Satan. --> They are all anagrams.
(A)(T)M of Hel(l). --> All of them.
Evil nos[e]energy. --> Every single one.
O, the (C)IA net lunacy. --> They contain a clue.
Obey luser ca[m]. --> Or maybe clues.
P[h]one far-fe[t]ched[r]oot text[.] --> For the next part of the code.
A data-[l]in[k] g[r](u)mbles on the cloud(.) --> ** (see below)
- The letters in (), "noeatclu", anagram to --> Not a clue.
- The letters in , "tseiemhtr.lkr", anagram to --> sekriter.html
(see section 6)
(3) A short PGP message.
- Rotate via ROT-13
- Separate lines by the  marks.
- Strip out the  brackets
- Get the PGP key from section 6, and open the message.
(4) A UUencoded message.
- Rotate via ROT-13
- Separate and shorten lines according to normal UUencoding format
- All initial lines should start with the "M" character
- All initial lines should be the same length
- Strip out the [---] lines, but keep everything else from "begin" to "end"
- Save it as a text file with a .UUE extension
- Decode with a UUDecoder, or an UnZip utility, to get the un-uu-me.txt file.
- Inside un-uu-me.txt, take the columns of 5-character blocks, and add
carriage returns down the center white-space column.
- Start with the "P" in the upper lefthand corner, and read vertically to
get the following message:
Pretty good job. Now hit the following URL &give this one a try:
More info at:
(5) The last line, the "bkkbb" section.
- Search/replace the B's to 0's, and the K's to 1's.
- (or rotate via ROT-13, then o's to 0's, and x's to 1's)
- Convert from binary to ASCII --> "end here".
(6) The "sekrit" pages
- Follow the pointer from section 2:
- View the HTML source on the page
- "geography ants" anagrams to --> "steganography"
- Locate steganography tools, such as s-tools4.zip
- Download and open pix.zip from the page
- Load code01.bmp (from pix.zip) into S-tools
- Reveal the hidden message with:
- Password: steganography
- Encryption: Triple DES
- Take the PGP key that's inside, and unlock the message in section 3.
- Read the message.
- Post bad poetry to firstname.lastname@example.org :)
See? Piece o' cake!
** Postscript: For those of you that are just dying to know what
comment that "A data-link grumbles on the cloud" translated to: Here's the
answer, rotated via ROT-13. Unrotate it to see JonnyX's lovely parting
"Tbbq yhpx, naq znfgheongr va uryy."
"I'm a gamer. It's what I am. It's what I do."