Make Money Fast

Feanor feanor at
Mon Aug 25 21:04:22 PDT 1997

On Aug 25, 15:02, Bruce Schneier wrote:
} Subject: Make Money Fast
> This should be fun for someone:
> Austin, Texas start-up Crypto-Logic Corp. has offered a $1-million reward to
> whomever can crack its new e-mail encryption system within a year.
> Cryptologists generally agree that Crypto-Logic's technology, called a
> "one-time pad" is theoretically uncrackable -- each "pad" has a set of
> uniquely random digital symbols that are coded to the actual message.  The
> recipient uses the same pad to decode the message, and each pad is used only
> once.  Still, experts are warning never to underestimate the tenacity of
> computer hackers:  "Anyone who says their system is bulletproof is either a
> liar or stupid," says one.  "If I'm wrong," says Crypto-Logic's VP and COO,
> "we're out of business."

I've looked at this, there are two problems:

1. The message is in [A-Za-z0-9!@#$%^&*()] ASCII.  The translation scheme
is undisclosed.
2. The message is, apparently, compressed to some proprietary standard.

So, someone's going to have to hack disassembly to get this message into binary.
Once that's done, we can start bruting it.

#!/bin/perl -sp0777i<X+d*lMLa^*lN%0]dsXx++lMlN/dsM0<j]dsj
$/=unpack('H*',$_);$_=`echo 16dio\U$k"SK$/SM$n\EsN0p[lN*1

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