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Message 2132 - Posted: 7 Oct 2011, 5:23:24 UTC


In brief: About 20 years ago, a man murdered more than 30 people, one at a time, in creative and horrific ways. He narrowly escaped arrest, and has never been identified or found. He did radio interviews, and sent 2 encoded letters about himself to newspapers... Only the first was ever cracked. The second, he claimed, contains information about himself.

The code is written in shapes and symbols, and is 1 page long. That's all we know about it.

Can you do what the American FBI and the police could not?

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Message 2263 - Posted: 2 Apr 2012, 4:22:30 UTC - in response to Message 2132.

See, we should use it for stuff like this, too!

Let's crack the Zodiac Cipher.

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Message 2288 - Posted: 25 Jun 2012, 4:44:27 UTC

All of the Zodiac ciphers have been cracked. With the exception of My name is-- AEN?XKXMXTNAM where ? = his signature, X = an x in a circle, and the T is upside down.

As any cryptanalyst will tell you, including this project, the shorter the message the harder it is to crack.

You can read the letters at http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Zodiac_Killer_letters

But you'll learn at least three things, he couldn't spell, he was crazy, and he probably did a lot of drugs.

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Message 3393 - Posted: 29 Mar 2015, 21:35:53 UTC - in response to Message 2288.

Although it would be fascinating to crack codes like that, this project isn't designated for that kind of code - just Enigma, and we have over 200 million workunits to crunch - I suspect that if we asked around, though, we could get somebody to set up a project to crack this kind of code. In fact, I'll ask around the UBT forum tomorrow...

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