By Petty Officer 2nd Class Elliott Fabrizio
Did you know there is a secret message in U.S. Cyber Command’s logo?
A close inspection of the logo’s inner gold ring will reveal this 32-character code: 9ec4c12949a4f31474f299058ce2b22a.
With that incentive, guesses poured into Wired.com’s comments bar. People guessed everything from “in God we trust” to “Soylent Green is people”. Well, I cracked the code, but you can keep my t-shirt. (Wired.com shirts aren’t exactly babe magnets.)
The code is Cyber Command’s mission statement:
USCYBERCOM plans, coordinates, integrates, synchronizes and conducts activities to: direct the operations and defense of specified Department of Defense information networks and; prepare to, and when directed, conduct full spectrum military cyberspace operations in order to enable actions in all domains, ensure US/Allied freedom of action in cyberspace and deny the same to our adversaries.
The encryption uses an old message-digest algorithm, called MD5, created back in 1991. You can create MD5 hash from any string of 256 characters or less. In short, you can make one of those 32-digit codes (MD5 hash) from anything ranging from the word “apple” to an elaborate mission statement.