USCYBERCOM logo and its hidden message.

The United States Cyber Command unveiled a new logo not too long ago that contained a hidden message, “9ec4c12949a4f31474f299058ce2b22a” inside the logo. Various people hosted contests to decode the message, but it turned out to be a simple MD5 hash of the USCYBERCOM mission statement. Fair enough. So, I sought out to do the MD5 hash myself using online tools. I could not get the same result! It turns out that I once again over-analyzed the problem. I was converting the text to binary and then doing the MD5 sum on that. The simpler solution would have been to just do the MD5 sum on the raw text–that was the right answer. Foiled once again by my penchant for over-analyzing simple problems!

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