|First mentioned:||April 11, 2007|
Brian's blog contains a number of posts complaining about his employer and refer repeatedly to an auction of the passwords needed to access the backdoor to Linderman's voting system. Two of the posts in particular contain puzzles which lead to two of the needed passwords.
The password for the first login box is derived by following clues from a post on Brian's blog entitled "Words to Pass On". The post contains Shakespeare's Sonnet 29. Some words and letters are missing:
As illustrated in bold above, the missing words and letters spell out "look in my YouTube". Searching for Brianundaunted on YouTube brings up this profile.
The profile contains the following clue:
To decipher the number sequence, read each number left-to-right. As you encounter each new digit, count the number of times it appears. The next number in the sequence is a combination of each encountered digit, preceded by its count:
|Number||Read Aloud is||Gives|
|16||One "1", One "6"||1116|
|1116||Three "1", One "6"||3116|
|3116||One "3", Two "1", One "6"||132116|
|132116||Three "1", One "3", One "2", One "6"||31131216|
This leads to Brian's Flickr page. The page contains a picture of a boat on which the code "38 2x SLC" appears. Reversing this code and subtracting one from each of the numeric digits ("MIRROR, MINUS ONES") gives "CLSx172"--the "incorrect" password supplied by Hana during the Heroes Interactive session for The Fix and the password for the first login box.
The password for the third login box is derived from a post on Brian's blog entitled "Res IPsum Loquitar", which contains the following clues:
The posts title contains the unconventional capitalization of "IPsum", indicating that the finished password will be in the form of an IP address. Clue number one indicates that the password is encoded in binary--the methods indicated all allow for on-off signals. Clue number two contains three anagrams: Primatech, Casino, and Archives. It refers to the corinthianlasvegas.com archives of Linderman's art collection. Clue number three indicates that the password is stored in JPGs (John, Paul, and George.)
Examining the corinthianlasvegas.com website and the Linderman archives, three images now contain superimposed binary characters:
From the archives, The President Stands Alone by Isaac Mendez is superimposed with binary.
The binary from Nathan's painting reads:
0100001101101111011011100110011101110010 0110000101110100011101010110110001100001 0111010001101001011011110110111001110011 0010000001111001011011110111010100100000 0110100001100001011101100110010100100000
The binary from the About page reads:
0110011001101111011101010110111001100100 0010000001100001001000000111011001100101 0111001001111001001000000110100101101101 0111000001101111011100100111010001100001 0110111001110100001000000111000001101001 0110010101100011011001010010000001101111 0110011000100000011010010110111001100110 0110111101110010011011010110000101110100
The binary from the Titan Club page reads:
0110100101101111011011100011101000100000 0011001000110000001100000011011100111010 0011000001100100011000100011100000111010 0011100000110101011000010011001100111010 0011000000111000011001000011001100111010 0011000100110011001100010011100100111010 0011100001100001001100110110010100111010 0011000000110010001101110011000000111010 00110111001100100011001100110100
The next step is to convert the binary to ASCII text. Doing so reveals the following messages:
Congratulations you have
The About page:
found a very important piece of informat
The Titan Club page:
The combined message reads "Congratulations you have found a very important piece of information: 2007:0db8:85a3:08d3:1319:8a3e:0270:7234". This is the password to the third box; as the post title indicated, it is in the form of an IPv6 address.
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