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PERPLEX CITY, SEASON ONE
The search for the Receda Cube on Earth


This page describes the Academy's Crypto Department Backdoor file system. The system was used to discover a set of discussions and a parts list, as compiled by Karen Moro. Please see the Backdoor Summary page, which is simply a collection of the important facts learned from this endeavour. Those wanting to understand the mechanics behind the Backdoor (and help resolve some unsolved questions) should read the Backdoor Primer.

Contents

Summary

Note: after the shut down of the data link to Earth, which was restored at the San Francisco live event, this page is not accessible. Not known if it will come back up.

After discovering that V called someone at the Academy's Crypto Department, Caine heads over to Crypto to investigate. He runs into his friend Neville Clark, who is talkative, if obfuscating. The Cube Hunters entice Nev into sharing more information by giving him a puzzle, designed by jbd and written by Scott, to solve. Nev takes the bait, and gives us a backdoor that leads to a gridded file system.

Dragging the commands onto the grid to create various configurations yields a series of log snippets. Some of the logs resemble the Perplex City Errorlogs that were found before the puzzle cards were released.

The interface could be accessed at the following URL:

http://events.perplexcity.com/gateway/commandinterface/index.html

As of 19 July 2006, the puzzle appears to be sifted through entirely and exhausted. For those new to it, or just generally confused, see the Backdoor Primer to learn how the interface operates.

If you simply don't have time or interest to sort through this entire page, you are welcome to read the Backdoor Summary page, which collects the audio transcriptions and inventory catalogues. It's the very short version of all this.

Commands

Through the combined work of jalapenodude, pelrun, and jbd, #syzygy has determined that the commands appear to work as follows.

The program pointer starts with the highest command in the left-hand column. It moves through the grid one space at a time, as determined by the command in that space and which spaces have been used before.

Generally, the pointer moves in the following directions when it encounters each command. However, if the next square has already been "used", the next direction (listed in brackets) is attempted. If this square has already been used, then the next in the list will be tried, and so on and so on (although N.B. the list of these below is far from complete). Some exceptions to this may occur - possibly certain combinations of commands may not run this check?

mount - se
zone - west (but then see grid below, as seems to vary)
switch - se (...) (''Are you sure, goes NE on config 5 below?'')
rotate - north (northeast, then in clockwise order?)
copy - south (...)
flush - south (southeast, ...)
pwrite - e (south, ...)
popen - east (south, ...)
pread - west (south, ...)

(This means the grids below are dependent on what commands were used to reach a particular square... But I'll leave it here for the time being -- Scribe.)

End, if executed before a MOUNT command, will "log out" of one of two accounts. Configuring the system is different for no end commands, one end command, or two end commands. After MOUNT, END will end execution with the error "session can not be unloaded at this time". It is good for testing where the code is going.

Cache seems to only work as an end point. Run can go anywhere that the program pointer isn't reaching.

A configuration is a set of commands placed on the grid so that the grid is valid and a log file is retrieved. The command path is the actual path that the pointer takes through the grid configuration. Different configurations may break down into the same command path.

Configurations and command paths start with ZO-MO, and usually end with either CACHE or FLUSH.

Furthermore, commands are time-sensitive. The same command path may yield a different result depending on the time it operates. This realization came after most of the command path additions within this entry. Therefore, great care must be taken to not only log the times that one accesses any bit of information using a specific command code, but to also go back and check for new paths especially since it seems some Audio files are only accesible using a single command code at a specific time.

Full Command Path List

The first two numbers are the resulting configuration, the letter after is the variation, and the string is the command path, with each instruction cut to two letters in length. The list is alphabetized based on operation name, as a reference service. Please be sure to also place them above with their respective results, and to sort them in properly when added.

08B ZO-MO-CO-PR-RO-RO-SW-SW-RO-CA
06A ZO-MO-CO-PW-RO-SW-RO-FL
01B ZO-MO-CO-RO-RO-RO-RO-RO-ZO-CA
03C ZO-MO-MO-SW-RO-CA
02B ZO-MO-PO-RO-PW-CA
02A ZO-MO-PO-RO-RO-RO-CA
03A ZO-MO-PO-RO-SW-CA
01A ZO-MO-PO-ZO-RO-RO-CA
13A ZO-MO-PR-PR-CO-CO-PW-RO-SW-SW-RO-CA
11A ZO-MO-PR-PR-SW-SW-SW-RO-SW-RO-CA
08A ZO-MO-PR-SW-SW-RO-CA
09A ZO-MO-PR-SW-SW-SW-RO-CA
10A ZO-MO-PR-SW-SW-SW-RO-RO-CA
07A ZO-MO-PW-RO-SW-FL-ZO-CA
06B ZO-MO-PW-RO-SW-RO-FL
02C ZO-MO-RO-CA
03B ZO-MO-SW-RO-CA
18A ZO-MO-SW-SW-ZO-ZO-ZO-PR-CA
12A ZO-MO-ZO-CO-PW-SW-RO-RO-SW-CA
19A ZO-MO-ZO-SW-SW-SW-SW-RO-RO-CA
20A ZO-MO-ZO-SW-SW-SW-SW-RO-RO-RO-CA
04A ZO-MO-ZO-ZO-CO-CO-CO-RO-RO-PW-RO-CA
05A ZO-MO-ZO-ZO-CO-CO-CO-SW-RO-PW-RO-CA
16A ZO-MO-ZO-ZO-PW-RO-SW-PR-CA
15A ZO-MO-ZO-ZO-SW-SW-SW-RO-CA
14A ZO-MO-ZO-ZO-SW-SW-SW-RO-SW-RO-CA
17A ZO-MO-ZO-ZO-ZO-PW-RO-SW-CA

Command/File Mapping

The number of times the end, zone, switch, and rotate commands appears in a command path determines which file is displayed.

Zero ENDs

Configurations with one zone command
switch
0 1 2 3 4
rotate
1 master TNI Suspic. Header Ioniser
2 unread TNI Yorke NanoImg Ioniser
3 master TNI Suspic. Header Ioniser
4 unread TNI Yorke NanoImg Ioniser
Configurations with two zone commands
switch
0 1 2 3 4
rotate
1 Camera Coffee Noise Control NanoImg unread
2 Camera Coffee Noise Control NanoImg Tajison
3 Camera Coffee Noise Control NanoImg Battery
4 Camera Coffee Noise Control NanoImg unread
Configurations with three zone commands
switch
0 1 2 3 4
rotate
1 Laser Sphere unable Clock MagReg
2 unread Sphere unable Clock MagReg
3 Laser Sphere unable Clock MagReg
4 unread Sphere unable Clock MagReg
Configurations with four zone commands
switch
0 1 2 3 4
rotate
1 unread RNG WHISK unread unread
2 unread RNG WHISK unread unread
3 unread RNG WHISK unread unread
4 unread unread WHISK unread unread

One END

So far these have just produced single letters/characters. We're not sure if this is affected by Zones/Switches/Rotates, or by the Pwrite/Preads yet, so full configs are listed below:

n
Grid: E Z Sw - -/ - Ca Pr Mo -/ - -Ro Fl Zo/ - -Ro Ro Pr/ - - Ro Z Z
Command path: En Zo Sw Mo Zo Fl Ro Pr Zo Zo Ro Ro Ro Pr Ca
Total Zo/Sw/Ro: 4 Zo, 1 Sw, 4 Ro

' (apostrophe)
Grid: - - Ca Pr -/E Mo - Ro Pr/ - - S Pw Ro/ - - Ro Pw Pw/ - - Ro Z Z
Command path: En Mo Sw Pw Pw Zo Zo Ro Ro Pw Ro Pr Ro Pr Ca
Total Zo/Sw/Ro: 2 Zo, 1 Sw, 4 Ro

h
Grid: E M - - -/ - - Sw Ca Pr/ - - Pw Z Ro/ - - Ro Pr Ro/ - - - Ro -
Command path: En Mo Sw Zo Pw Ro Pr Ro Ro Ro Pr Ca
Total Zo/Sw/Ro: 1 Zo, 1 Sw, 4 Ro

n (second one? or the same?)
Grid: En Mo - - - / - - Sw - - / Pw Zo Zo Zo Pr / Ro Pr Ro Ro Ca / - Ro - - -
Command path: En Mo Sw Zo Zo Zo Pw Ro Pr Ro Ro Ro Pr Ca
Total Zo/Sw/Ro: 3 Zo, 1 Sw, 4 Ro

Two ENDs

The following tables are for the userspace files once 2 END commands have been introduced. So far, it looks like there's only 1 zone, no switches, and either 1 or 2 rotates depending on the time. The files available switch every 3-4 hours, and the table below assumes they switch on the hour but this may be wrong. Times are all in UTC/GMT.

Ah. There seems to be a clash already. Maybe the changeover is more random than we thought?

Mornings
Time (UTC/GMT)
0000 0100 0200 0300 0400 0500 0600 0700 0800 0900 1000 1100
rotates
1  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? over and out (0923)  ?  ?
2  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? todo (0921)  ?  ?
Afternoons
Time (UTC/GMT)
1200 1300 1400 1500 1600 1700 1800 1900 2000 2100 2200 2300
rotates
1  ?  ?  ?  ? 14-jul 14-jul 14-jul (1820) drinks (1910, 1923)
themes (1920)
themes themes todo2  ?
2  ?  ?  ?  ? 14-jul 14-jul 14-jul (1820) drinks (1910)  ?  ? case gone  ?

Errors

Lovingly stolen from SteveC's forum post...

"No disk access" - you didn't put a mount in
"Timeout in Folder" - you didn't put a rotate in
"no area has been accessed": You didn't put a zone in

"Unable to reset read permission" - misuse of pread
"Unable to write to file" - misuse of flush
"Unable to reset open permissions": misuse of popen

"Unable to access file" - empty/corrupt location
"Unable to get read handle" - empty/corrupt location<>br>

"Session cannot be unloaded at this time" - You put an end in AFTER a mount
"All login sessions ended: File server inactive" - you put END END END before the mount

"File access denied" - you put run in the path at the end, not cache.

Infinite Loops

Certain configurations get into endless loops, causing the interface to crash and throw up random data (see Gatehouse logs. Direction is important in causing these, but some commands seem more "crash-friendly" than others. Working out which ones can cause loops may help in finding how Caine broke the system a second way.

Configurations below are listed in execution order, not grid order, with brackets around the part that should be looping. All start in r1c1.

Loops that crash (yay):

ZO MO CO PW RO SW (RO FL)
ZO MO PW RO SW (RO FL)
MO (FL RO PR)
MO (CO RO PR)  (variant of Caine's)
ZO CO CO ZO (ZO PR)
ZO ZO MO (RO PW FL ZO)  (n.b. last ZO is against wall. might also be looping back to the FL above it.)

"Loops" that don't (boo):

ZO MO (RO PW FL ZO)  (last ZO not against wall.)
MO (FL RO ZO)  (non-crashing variant of Caine's)

Discoveries

Here are the various configurations and logs that have been discovered.

General: Approaching the Master

Configuration
Grid: zone mount run rotate rotate / -- -- popen rotate cache
Command Path: zone, mount, popen, rotate, rotate, rotate, cache
Alternate Configuration
Grid: zone mount run pwrite cache / -- -- popen rotate --
Command Path: zone, mount, popen, rotate, pwrite, cache
Alternate Configuration
Grid: zone mount run cache -- / -- -- rotate -- --
Command Path: zone, mount, rotate, cache
Output
Text:
Approached the Master today about begining on an updated and 
revised edition. V. pleased to discover he considers the idea 
warmly. He actually said, 'My ideas are in good hands with you, 
and you will of course receive full credit for the work.' 
Somehow I expected more of a struggle. V. gracious indeed. He's 
not quite the glory-hog SOME people have made him out to be, I 
guess.

the Master probably refers to Sente

Image:
Backdoor message2.jpg

General: Coffee

Configuration
Grid: zone mount run switch -- / -- -- pwrite rotate flush / -- -- -- cache zone
Command Path: zone, mount, pwrite, rotate, switch, flush, zone, cache
Output
Text:
Crypto Dept. Order Form

Coffee
Coffee!
COFFEE!
Image:
Backdoor message7.JPG

General: Project Data

Configuration
Grid: zone mount -- -- -- / -- switch pread -- -- / -- -- switch -- -- / -- -- -- switch cache / -- -- -- -- rotate
Command Path: zone, mount, pread, switch, switch, switch, rotate, cache
Output
Text:
PROJECT DATA HEADER 1277 | Created 23156S
Image:
Project Data.JPG

General: Kiteway disrupting the department

Configuration
Grid: zone mount -- -- -- / -- switch pread -- -- / -- -- switch cache -- / -- -- -- rotate --
Command Path: zone, mount, pread, switch, swtich, rotate, cache
Alternate Configuration
Grid: zone mount switch -- -- / run rotate copy switch cache / -- rotate pread -- rotate
Command Path: zone, mount, copy, pread, rotate, rotate, switch, switch, rotate, cache
Output
Text:
To: 55321801 

FROM: MANSOOR H. 

Kiteway's programs are disrupting the entire department. Breeding hostility 
and distrust among amicable colleagues. The man doesn't belong here anymore, 
why can't he keep his damned pet projects in his own office? Crypto is mine 
now, not his. 

Well, here are the metrics to show he's not minding his own business. 

Number of times Kiteway has visited dept. offices this year: 78 

And in 268: 129 

And in 267: 23 

Dept. suspicion level on the Howe-Panntonin Index: 8.8 

And in 268: 7.3 

And in 267: 4.5 

Suspect the man has his own agenda and isn't sharing with the proper channels, 
for example me and you. Suspect he is subverting the time and resources of my 
faculty without consulting me ahead of time. Behaving as though he can't trust 
his own senior fellows. Ridiculous. How long must we put up with this childish 
rigmarole?

MANSOOR H. probably refers to Hunan Mansoor
Kiteway probably refers to Sente Kiteway


General: Big Nothing

Configuration
Grid: zone mount -- -- -- / switch zone zone switch -- / -- pwrite rotate cache pread
Command Path: zone, mount, zone, zone, switch, pwrite, rotate, switch, pread, cache
Output
Image:
Backdoor 16.JPG

General: Krsa algorithm

Configuration
Grid: end end mount -- -- / -- -- cache copy -- / -- -- rotate zone --
Command Path: end, end, mount, copy, zone, rotate, cache
Output
Text:
Notes:

To make this more precise, let Krsa be an RSA generator with associated security
parameter k and let Keys be the set of all moduli N that have positive probability
to be outbut by Krsa. Let Hash be a family of functions whose key-space is Keys and
such that HashN : { 0, 1}

-> Z

n for every N e Keys. Let DS = (Krsa, Sign, VG) be the digital signature scheme whose
signing and verifying algorithms are as follows:
Algorithm Sign N,p,qp,d (M)
y <- Hashn (M)
x <- yd mod N
Return x
Algorithm VGn,e (M,x)
y <- Hashn (M)
y

<- xe mod N
If y=y

then return 1 else return 0

See Wikipedia for signing messages with RSA. Some formatting may have been lost if text is from a copy-and-paste, which may have resulted in the odd-looking "If y=y" (originally, say, "y=y")


General: To-Do list

Configuration
Grid: -- -- -- -- -- / -- -- -- -- -- / -- -- -- cache -- / -- -- mount rotate -- / end end zone rotate --
Command Path: end, end, zone, mount, rotate, rotate, cache
Times Found (UTC): 09:21 10-JUL-2005
Output
Text:
Check notes with lucas
Book test time
Upload amends
Mark 142 as done
Book holiday time

lucas probably refers to Lucas Bazeries

Image:
Backdoor message22.JPG

General: Drinks

Configuration
Grid: end end mount -- -- / -- -- cache copy -- / -- -- rotate copy -- / -- -- rotate zone --
Command Path: end, end, mount, copy, copy, zone, rotate, rotate, cache
Times Found (UTC): 19:04

(N.B. I also get this output using config 22, at time of writing... -- Scribe)

Output
Text:
From: TERM@830

To: TERM@620

Subject: drink?

Date: 7 April 269


Are we on for a drink after work tonight?


From: TERM@620

To: TERM@830

Subject: Re: drink?

Date: 7 April 269


I don know - who else might be coming?



From: TERM@830

To: TERM@620

Subject: Re: drink?

Date: 7 April 269


Do you want other people to come?


From: TERM@620

To: TERM@830

Subject: Re: drink?

Date: 7 April 269


Of course. I a sociable creature.


From: TERM@830

To: TERM@620

Subject: Re: drink?

Date: 7 April 269


So Ie noticed.


From: TERM@620

To: TERM@830

Subject: Re: drink?

Date: 7 April 269


You should behave yourself.

From: TERM@830

To: TERM@620

Subject: Re: drink?

Date: 7 April 269


I am being the perfect gentleman, as always.


From: TERM@620

To: TERM@830

Subject: Re: drink?

Date: 7 April 269


Not sure about the perfect. Or the gentleman. ;-)


From: TERM@830

To: TERM@620

Subject: Re: drink?

Date: 7 April 269


So - the drink question. Other guests tonight?


From: TERM@620

To: TERM@830

Subject: Re: drink?

Date: 7 April 269


I think it would be good to invite the whole gang out and
see who comes along. It feels like ages since wee all got
together. It would be nice.


From: TERM@830

To: TERM@620

Subject: Re: drink?

Date: 7 April 269


You sure?


From: TERM@620

To: TERM@830

Subject: Re: drink?

Date: 7 April 269


Yes, I am.

General: Alternate To-Do list

Configuration
Grid: end end mount -- -- / -- -- cache copy -- / -- -- rotate zone --
Command Path: end, end, mount, copy, zone, rotate, cache
Times found (UTC): 22:02:40
Output
Text:
i. set FEAL, LOKI
ii.prep IDEA
iii.   log proc time
iv.write up
v. correlate with nov data
vi.send to cam
Image:
Backdoor message24.JPG

FEAL, LOKI and IDEA are all block cipher encryption algorithms. "Cam" is probably Camden Porta.


Part: Smart Dust Cameras (ref: 72690B-0F)

Configuration
Grid: zone mount run rotate rotate / -- -- popen, zone, cache
Command path: zone, mount, popen, zone, rotate, rotate, cache
Alternate Configuration
Grid: zone mount -- rotate rotate / run -- copy rotate rotate / -- -- rotate cache zone
Command Path: zone, mount, copy, rotate, rotate, rotate, rotate, rotate, zone, cache
Output
Text:

CRYPTO PARTS REF: 72690B-0F
EXTERNAL REF: 43914D

DESCRIPTION: Engineering/Smart Dust Cameras; corrected auto-power off firmware bugs, increased bandwidth.

Image:
Backdoor message.jpg

Part: Experimental remote TNI scanner (ref: 6032VQ-0J)

Configuration
Grid: zone mount run switch -- / -- -- popen rotate cache
Command Path: zone, mount, popen, rotate, switch, cache
Alternate Configuration
Grid: zone mount run -- -- / -- -- switch cache -- / -- -- -- rotate --
Command Path: zone, mount, switch, rotate, cache
Alternate Configuration
Grid: zone mount run -- -- / -- -- mount -- -- / -- -- -- switch cache / -- -- -- -- rotate
Command Path: zone, mount, mount, switch, rotate, cache
Output
Text:

CRYPTO PARTS REF: 6032VQ-0J
EXTERNAL REF: 10086W

DESCRIPTION: Neuro/Experimental remote TNI scanner; security and identification firmware updated for new Cognivia prototype.

Image:
Backdoor message3.jpg

Part: High Power phase-conjugate laser (ref: 384621-5A)

Configuration
Grid: zone mount run -- –- / copy zone zone cache -- / copy pwrite rotate -- -- / copy rotate -- -- -- / rotate -- -- -- --
Command Path: zone, mount, zone, zone, copy, copy, copy, rotate, rotate, pwrite, rotate, cache
Output
Text:

CRYPTO PARTS REF: 384621-5A
EXTERNAL REF: 9CE42T

DESCRIPTION: Optics/High Power phase-conjugate laser; calibration and adjustment for high spaciotemporal accuracy.

Image:

Backdoor message4.png

Part: Baker Spherical Magnetic Containment field (ref: 3141PU-1M)

Configuration
Grid: zone mount run -- -- / copy zone zone cache -- / copy pwrite rotate -- -- / copy rotate -- -- -- / switch -- -- -- --
Command Path: zone, mount, zone, zone, copy, copy, copy, switch, rotate, pwrite, rotate, cache
Output
Text:

CRYPTO PARTS REF: 3141PU-1M
EXTERNAL REF: OUF12M

DESCRIPTION: Physics/Baker Spherical Magnetic Containment field; interfaced with dedicated fibre network. Tested at 120% maximum tesla strength to ensure no field leakage.

Image:
Backdoor message5.JPG

Part: Nanoscale imager (ref: 62999E-3M)

Configuration
Grid: zone mount -- -- -- / -- switch pread -- -- / -- -- switch -- cache / -- -- -- switch rotate / -- -- -- -- rotate
Command Path: zone, mount, pread, switch, switch, switch, rotate, rotate, cache
Output
Text:

CRYPTO PARTS REF: 62999E-3M
EXTERNAL REF: 80EV21

DESCRIPTION: Imaging/Nanoscale imager; reprogrammed for higher resolution and contrast on all material types.

Image:
Backdoor message8.JPG

Part: Reynolds ioniser (ref: 813QE2-7X)

Configuration
Grid: zone mount -- -- -- / switch pread pread -- -- / -- switch -- -- -- / -- -- switch switch cache / -- -- -- rotate rotate
Command Path: zone, mount, pread, pread, switch, switch, switch, rotate, switch, rotate, cache
Output
Text:

CRYPTO PARTS REF: 813QE2-7X
EXTERNAL REF: 9315WC

DESCRIPTION: Physics/Reynolds ioniser; adapted for use with Baker SMC-E for quick startup time.

Image:
Backdoor message9.JPG

Part: Active Noise Control system (ref: 477DI5-2Y)

Configuration
Grid: zone mount -- -- -- / -- copy zone switch -- / -- pwrite switch rotate cache / -- -- -- rotate --
Command Path: zone, mount, zone, copy, pwrite, switch, rotate, rotate, switch, cache
Output
Text:

CRYPTO PARTS REF: 477DI5-2Y
EXTERNAL REF: 0928ES

DESCRIPTION: Engineering/Active Noise Control system; increased area effect range. Altered waveform-analysis algorithms, increased network size to 1024 nodes.

Image:
Backdoor message10.JPG

Part: Yorke-Takayuki simulator (ref: 5239JL-4M)

Configuration
Grid: zone mount -- -- -- / copy pread pread -- -- / copy switch -- -- -- / pwrite rotate switch cache -- / -- -- -- rotate --
Command Path: zone, mount, pread, pread, copy, copy, pwrite, rotate, switch, switch, rotate, cache
Output
Text:

CRYPTO PARTS REF: 5239JL-4M
EXTERNAL REF: 873AR8

DESCRIPTION: Physics/Yorke-Takayuki simulator; new compartment added for traffic analysis research.

Image:
Backdoor message11.JPG

Part: Quadropole Magnet Current Regulators (ref: 5BPK76-8H)

Configuration
Grid: zone mount -- -- -- / switch zone zone -- -- / -- switch -- -- -- / -- -- switch switch cache / -- -- -- rotate rotate

Command Path: zone, mount, zone, zone, switch, switch, switch, rotate, switch, rotate, cache

Output
Text:

CRYPTO PARTS REF: 5BPK76-8H
EXTERNAL REF: 7560WW

DESCRIPTION: Engineering/Quadropole Magnet Current Regulators; debugged in line with requests from facility. Problems with intermittent field spiking between F and D types fixed.

Image:
Backdoor message12.JPG

Part: 174-Ytterbium Atomic Clock (ref: 254ID9-3R)

Configuration
Grid: zone mount -- -- -- / switch zone zone -- -- / -- switch -- -- -- / -- -- switch cache -- / -- -- -- rotate --
Command Path: zone, mount, zone, zone, switch, switch, switch, rotate, cache
Output
Text:

CRYPTO PARTS REF: 254ID9-3R
EXTERNAL REF: HN424P

DESCRIPTION: Physics/174-Ytterbium Atomic Clock; locked time-signal to interface with dedicated fibre network and 3D imager.

Image:
Backdoor message14.jpg

Part: Broadman Nuclear decay RNG (ref: 3085NC-6R)

Configuration
Grid: zone mount -- -- -- / zone zone zone -- -- / pwrite rotate switch -- -- / -- -- -- cache --
Command Path: zone, mount, zone, zone, zone, pwrite, rotate, switch, cache
Output
Text:

CRYPTO PARTS REF: 3085NC-6R
EXTERNAL REF: 7297CR

DESCRIPTION: Engineering/Broadman Nuclear Decay RNG; upgraded statistical tests according to new guidelines.

Image:
Backdoor message13.JPG

Part: WHISK array (ref: 177ETC-1U)

Configuration
Grid: zone mount -- -- -- / -- -- switch -- -- / cache -- -- switch -- / rotate pread zone zone zone
Command Path: zone, mount, switch, switch, zone, zone, zone, pread, cache
Output
Text:

CRYPTO PARTS REF: 177ETC-1U
EXTERNAL REF: ET185C

DESCRIPTION: Engineering/WHISK array; debugged data traffic handling systems, added documentation to beta features.

Image:
Backdoor message17.JPG

Part: Tajison Plasma Wakefield Accelerator (ref: 9451RZ-4U)

Configuration
Grid: zone mount -- -- -- / -- switch zone -- --/ -- -- switch -- cache / -- -- -- switch rotate / -- -- -- rotate switch
Command Path: zone, mount, zone, switch, switch, switch, switch, rotate, rotate, cache
Output
Text:

CRYPTO PARTS REF: 9451RZ-4U
EXTERNAL REF: 811WS6

DESCRIPTION: Engineering/Tajison Plasma Wakefield Accelerator controller reconfigured to accept special material particles.

Image:
Backdoor message19.JPG

Part: Nelis Nuclear Isomer Battery (Hf-178-2m) (ref: 26637C-8Y)

Configuration
Grid: zone mount -- -- -- / -- switch zone -- cache / -- -- switch -- rotate / -- -- -- switch rotate / -- -- -- rotate switch
Command Path: zone, mount, zone, switch, switch, switch, switch, rotate, rotate, rotate, cache
Output
Text:

CRYPTO PARTS REF: 26637C-8Y
EXTERNAL REF: 5933EN

DESCRIPTION: Physics/Nelis Nuclear Isomer battery (Hf-178-2m); made compatible with facility electrical subsystem and dedicated fibre network. Enhanced burst mode added.

Image:
Backdoor message20.JPG

Part: Klebold plates (ref: 122C76-3S)

Configuration
Grid: mount zone rotate switch -- / -- rotate -- -- popen / -- -- switch zone zone / -- -- -- switch -- / -- -- cache pread zone
Command Path: mount, rotate, zone, rotate, switch, popen, zone, zone, switch, switch, zone, pread, cache
Output
Text:

CRYPTO PARTS REF: 122C76-3S
EXTERNAL REF: 45442R

DESCRIPTION: Imaging/Klebold plates; networked in array for large-scale 3D spatial scanning. Double redundancy.

Image:
Backdoor message23.JPG

Part: Flux Compression Generator (ref: 460WDN-4X)

Configuration
Grid: zone mount rotate switch -- / -- -- rotate -- popen / -- -- switch zone zone / -- -- -- switch -- / -- -- cache pread zone
Command Path: zone, mount, rotate, rotate, switch, popen, zone, zone, switch, switch, zone, pread, cache
Output
Text:

CRYPTO PARTS REF: 460WDN-4X
EXTERNAL REF: IKLC45

DESCRIPTION: Physics/Explosively Pumped Flux Compression Generator; linked to 174Ytb clock and Nelis battery backup system.

Image:
Backdoor message29.JPG

Logs: Gatehouse 24

When this configuration is run, a message Operation in progress appears. The screen then distorts and wavers. Finally, a log appears. Discussion on Unforums suggests that the logs may rotate, or appear randomly.

Configuration
Grid: zone mount run -- -- / -- -- copy switch flush / -- -- pwrite rotate rotate
Command Path: zone, mount, copy, pwrite, rotate, switch, rotate, flush
Alternate Configuration
Grid: zone mount run switch flush / -- -- pwrite rotate rotate
Command Path: zone, mount, pwrite, rotate, switch, rotate, flush
Output 1
Helen Carrick and Idola Friedberg
[ GATEHOUSE 24 ]

:: start 143805 +000000
:: start 143805 +000000
:: archive location { dev 7 }
:: index { yes }
:: retention { 9 }
:: processing time { 0.53 }
::

A

// labeled A;
// triangulated location mapped;
// passive badge { present }
// badge query { friedberg, i {119yr} }

You really said that [?]

// preliminary review complete

B

// labeled B;
// triangulated location mapped;
// passive badge { present }
// badge query { carrick, h {624yr} }

I was hungry [!] I'm not diplomatic when I'm starving [.]

// preliminary review complete
// 45% positive emotional state
// cross reference surveillance footage

{ extrapolated: badge {line 16} extracted }

{ gatekeeper system 24;
active badge interrogated, passed }

FRIEDBERG, I

I bet you fifty lecks your stuff is wiped when you get back [.]

// preliminary review complete

CARRICK, H

Hah [,] I'd like to see him even try [.]

// preliminary review complete


[ LOG EXCERPT ENDS ]
Output 2
Camden Porta and Lucas Bazeries
[ GATEHOUSE 24 ]

:: start 055814 +000000
:: start 061055 +000000
:: archive location { dev 7 }
:: index { yes }
:: retention { 9 }
:: processing time { 0.53 }
::

A

// labeled A;
// triangulated location mapped;
// passive badge { present }
// badge query { porta, c {112yr} }

Where have you been [?]

// preliminary review complete

B

// labeled B;
// triangulated location mapped;
// passive badge { present }
// badge query { bazeries, l {520yr} }

So I'm a little late [.] Relax [.]

// preliminary review complete
// 45% positive emotional state
// cross reference surveillance footage

{ extrapolated: badge {line 16} extracted }

{ gatekeeper system 24;
active badge interrogated, passed }

PORTA, C

We have to hurry and get this thing done [.]

// preliminary review complete

BAZERIES, L

Is he here yet [?]

// preliminary review complete

PORTA, C

I think so [.] Let's hurry [.]

// preliminary review complete


BAZERIES, L

I hope there's coffee [.]

// preliminary review complete

PORTA, C

Focus on the project [,] dunderhead [.]

// preliminary review complete


[ LOG EXCERPT ENDS ]
Output 3
Rowan Ashford and Mark Wooster
[ GATEHOUSE 24 ]

:: start 192355 +000000
:: start 192401 +000000
:: archive location { dev 7 }
:: index { yes }
:: retention { 9 }
:: processing time { 0.53 }
::

A

// labeled A;
// triangulated location mapped;
// passive badge { present }
// badge query { ashford, r {737yr} }

Hey [,] wait up [.]

// preliminary review complete

B

// labeled B;
// triangulated location mapped;
// passive badge { present }
// badge query { wooster, m {019yr} }

Oh [,] sorry [.] Hard meeting today [.]

// preliminary review complete
// 23% positive emotional state
// cross reference surveillance footage

{ extrapolated: badge {line 16} extracted }

{ gatekeeper system 24;
active badge interrogated, passed }

ASHFORD, R

Do you ever wonder [...]

// preliminary review complete

WOOSTER, M

Don't say it [.]

// preliminary review complete

ASHFORD, R

I know [,] I know [.] No place is safe [.]

// preliminary review complete

[ LOG EXCERPT ENDS ]

Audio: 14th of July 2005

Configuration
Grid: end end mount rotate rotate / -- cache -- rotate rotate / -- rotate pread zone zone
Command Path: end, end, mount, rotate, rotate, rotate, rotate, zone, zone, pread, rotate, cache
Times found (UTC): 16:52:09, 17:19:23
Output
Audio: MP3 file
Estimated Recording Date: 14-JUL-05
Transcription:

So you've got what you wanted.

It's Thursday the, what ... 14th of July? And here's your report.

I don't know what you're expecting to hear but ... I don't know what's going on; it might be nothing. I ... I could be getting completely paranoid as well. I mean with you lot snooping round I'm already on eggshells.

<swallow> Camden keeps watching me across the office - pretty sure he doesn't trust me.

I might be imagining it all I .. I dunno. Anyway, today I think I saw something odd. And it - and it might not be anything but if it keeps you happy here it is.

We got this delivery - we get deliveries all the time, you know hardware upgrades and stuff, but there was an extra item. It wasn't on the manifest. I only noticed it cos I was nearest the door when it all arrived, so I ended up signing for it.

So there was ... there was this packing case and, now I don't know what's in there. And it's locked in the stores now so I ... I can't get to it even if you want me to - it's about 5 feet high, 3 feet across and quite slim, like ... a painting or something.

So is this an art-theft thing? Is that what you're after - some kind of fence operation? And if you told me what to look for I might have a better chance of helping.

<tsk> Well - that's it. I'll ... I'll let you know if anything else happens.

Image:
Backdoor message21.JPG

Audio: Packing case gone

Configuration
Grid: end end mount -- -- / -- -- cache copy -- / -- -- rotate copy -- / -- -- rotate zone --
Command Path: end, end, mount, copy, copy, zone, rotate, rotate, cache
Times found (UTC): 22:02:40 (22-24 [?])
Output
Audio: MP3 file
Estimated Recording Date: July 25th based on her Template:WaybackS1:www.thepathofleasttime.com/archives/2005/07/planes and date.html
Transcription:

Well, hello again.

<sigh> I hate talking into these things. Hang on, I think someone's coming! <rustly noises> No, no, it's alright.

Right, okay... that packing case... it's disappeared.

I don't know when it went, but it's not there today. So I.. I think I saw it a couple of days ago... that was the last time. Not much help, I know.

I gave the case a bit of a kick the other day, to see if I could hear what was in there. I think it was tech stuff.

Anyway, I'm meeting up with a guy for lunch tomorrow, and he's kind of a hardware freak. So I might try kind of nudging him, see if there's anything going on. He's a nice guy, so he might be helpful.

I'm not going to do anything, y'know, just to get information for you. It's bad enough sneaking around like this. I can't just talk to people anymore, it's like I'm always interrogating them, even my friends. I can't look at anything without suspecting it. It'll do my head in.

<sigh> You'd better look after your side of the bargain. It's the only reason i'm doing this.


Audio: Encryption themes

Configuration
Grid: end end mount -- -- / -- -- cache copy -- / -- -- rotate zone --
Command Path: end, end, mount, copy, zone, rotate, cache
Times found (UTC): 19:20:54, 19:58:48, 20:02:01, 20:13:45, 20:30:37, 20:57:23, 21:01:26, 21:26:08
Output
Audio: MP3 file
Estimated Recording Date: 24/25-SEP-05 link or 01-OCT-05 link
Transcription:

I saw my dad the other day so, thanks, he told me about everything and... Well I’m, I’m just glad there’s a point to all this; he’s... he’s looking much better... and I suppose that means that you’re happy with how I’m doing, so I’m... probably on the right track?

I’ve been keeping an eye on the deliveries here, um I don’t think there has been anything funny for weeks now, but , you’know, I might have missed something. There have been a couple of odd projects coming across my desk though. Nobody ever gets the full picture here, but I’ve noticed some themes in the encryption work I’m doing, for a start it’s pretty advanced, everything’s been marked for ‘quantum’ (which isn’t perfect yet, but it’s about the highest level we’ve got). But <sigh> there are a couple of words that keep coming up too and... well, I <stumbles over words> I don’t have a clear picture of what they mean, but maybe they’ll mean something to you, the sender or the recipient is always called ‘Viendenbourg’ and there are all these references to ‘the material’ and how much of it they’ve got. I know I’m not seeing all the messages, they spread the work around – you’know, security - but only a few of us can handle quantum encryption so I’m seeing a fair chunk of the correspondence. It just seems odd it needs to be so secret, so... that’s why I mention it.

I’d better go soon, there’s umm, a protest outside the museum and it will take me ages to get past them. Anyway... I can’t think of anything else... nope that’s it.


Audio: Suspicious delivery guy

Configuration
Grid: end end zone mount -- / -- -- -- -- copy / -- -- -- -- rotate / -- -- -- -- rotate / -- -- -- -- cache
Command Path: end, end, zone, mount, copy, rotate, rotate, cache
Output
Audio: MP3 file
Estimated Recording Date: Shortly after 03-JAN-06 link
Transcription:

If he dies, you realise that's it. You can do what you like to me - I don't care about me.

Someone in my block got beaten up the other night. He isn't a violent guy; he's a calligrapher. But he just got attacked well f ... nothing basically. Well I think it was random, but I don't think I believe in random any more. Was it you?

Are you trying to scare me? You don't need to so just ... stop it.

I did what you wanted anyway. Last night ...

I worked until I was the only one left in the office. Must have been about 11 when this delivery guy turned up with a trolley full of boxes. And he did look a bit surprised to see me there. These two big boxes were for us, so I signed for them and went next door to grab Angelica so she could open the stores.

Anyway, the boxes were really heavy, so the delivery guy wheeled the trolley into the stores and dropped them off there. Then I saw him slide one of our cases under the trolley; when he moved the trolley, it wasn't there anymore. It was quick but I'm sure he swiped something. Then he left, and Angelica locked the door.

I would have followed him ... well, probably ... but Angelica started talking to me about my research and I couldn't just rush off. I saw him go to the end of the corridor ... to the elevator, and he hit the down button. There's only the basement under us, but I think there might be passageways for internal mail and things. I honestly don't know. And I'm not going down there in the middle of the night, so don't ask. No matter what you threaten me with.

Ummm the delivery guy was about 6 foot, white, short dark hair. I haven't seen him before.

Keep an eye out, will you?

Image:
Backdoor message21.JPG

Audio: Over and out

Configuration
Grid: end end zone mount cache / -- -- -- -- rotate
Command Path: end, end, zone, mount, rotate, cache
Times Found (UTC): 09:23 10-JUL-2006
Output
Audio: MP3 file
Estimated Recording Date: Shortly after 19-JAN-06? link Maybe February, judging from "since January" in text. Probably the last in the series.
Transcription:

So this is it. Can't say I'm not glad it's over but, well, one day maybe you can tell me what this was all about. I mean, I read the papers - police raids on subway stations - sounds like your kind of thing.

We've had a few more deliveries come in since January, but still no sign of the mystery man. It's been a different courier each time, and they've - they've all looked pretty innocent. The Viendenbourg messages are still going backwards and forwards.

I appreciate what you've done for my dad, but ... I've done my bit. That's it. That was the deal. You can go digging around in the tunnels if you like but don't expect me to do any more of your dirty work. You told me to stop, so I'm stopping.

Don't ever tell my dad about this.

Over and out.

Image:
Backdoor message21.JPG

Audio: Getting dodgy

Configuration
Grid: end end mount -- -- / -- -- cache copy -- / -- -- rotate zone --
Command Path: end, end, mount, copy, zone, rotate, cache
Output
Audio: MP3 file
Estimated Recording Date: ?? But before the previous message. Summer solstice shutdown is in June, so perhaps JUN-05? link
Transcription:

Look this is getting seriously dodgy.

Last week, Lucas completely cut me out of a meeting, and Mansoor has been ripping into my white paper and...

I'm sure it's not professional, it's personal. They know what we're up to, I swear. No I don't, I don't know anything. I'm losing it. Please, I can't be that important. You could get someone else.

The whole place is shutting down over Solstice. You...you could get someone to break in here and I don't know...isotope tag one of the packages and track it you probably do that all the time...what do you need me for?

Well, happy holidays.

Image:
Backdoor message21.JPG

Historical Cryptographers

Some of the names mentioned in the logs share the names of historic cryptographers and mathematicians.

Bazeries 
French military cryptographer, the 'pragmatic man of cryptology'. Famous for breaking the French 'Great Cipher' created in the 17th century.
Porta 
Giovanni Battista Porta, Italian cryptographer and inventor of the Della Porta cipher - a polyalphabetic cipher with keyword.
Ashford 
the name of the village in Kent where John Wallis, 17th century mathematician, was born. He wrote among other things, about the quadrature of curves, logic, theology and cryptography.
Carrick 
the name of a Windows-based encryption application, designed by cryptographer Bruce Schneier.