FIND THE CULPRIT
Andrew Richardson, deputy head cryptographer at a top department of defence (DOD) facility, was working late one night. The last set of codes he received to decipher came from NASA ‘s space station. Apparently they had been receiving the same 5 set of codes over the past week on a high frequency band in visual digital format. They read……………
wmoa eemn cfuu orrs
wkia eesn ltpe ihlt
hwth oeno pgem eewe
wsta auob rnpl ispe
aust lmmd laui hnse
“Strange,” Andy thought. “Never received work from this site before.”
Eager to finish and get home, he set to work on figuring out the troublesome codes. The first one took him some time ………….
WE COME FROM URANUS.
“What!” he laughed. He thought it was a joke or that he had deciphered incorrectly. However he continued using the same template, and by the time he’d finished he wasn’t laughing anymore. He quickly picked up his phone and dialed his director and then the head of the DOD. Somehow he knew he wasn’t going home tonight.
What did Andy find that got him so worried?
All the codes can be broken by arranging the 16 letters in a grid of 4*4 from left to right. The result is a phrase readable via the columns starting at the top left corner, reading down and ending at the bottom right corner
Using the first code
wmoa eemn cfuu orrs
W M O A
E E M N
C F U U
O R R S
You should be able to read ……..
WE COME FROM URANUS.
The other codes read:
WE LIKE THIS PLANET.
HOPE WE GET NEW HOME.
WAR IS UNSTOPPABLE.
ALL HUMANS MUST DIE.
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