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    @l33tdroper
    Oh shhiiittt.... What have you done!? Oh wow.. he will not be happy I expect. Kudos to you I guess, but where will this lead I wonder?

    Hmm, I'm actually very intrigued to see those conversations in their entirety, just to see the types of emails he's gotten. I'm sure it's full of pleas for help and answers.

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    I emailed John Trit and got this ..

    To Whom It May Concern,

    Due to dire circumstances I am forced to extend my sabbatical until
    further notice.

    - Joh. Trit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by l33tdroper View Post
    u mad?
    Either welcome back, grngecko, or well done :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pardus View Post
    You know, perhaps deaddrop going down is GG's way of saying: "The website is irrelevant. I've given you what you need, try working on that."

    What we have so far:

    The title of the page on 'themostabstruse.com' was:
    Code:
    xqAC VhYL ejOp MzLc
    A comment embedded in the source code was:
    Code:
    --5443-4655-9784-6733-2684-8959-8068-7802-1486-6692-1595-8506-1269-0694-3530-4090-3165-1782-8351-7327-8879-0894-3434-3809-1257--
    The title of 'themostabstruse.com/tormentum/index' was:
    Code:
    tAzC fPDm ZRDi LOIJ
    The comment in the source code was:
    Code:
    7 7867-8442-3410-2212
    As for, 'themostabstruse.com/tormentum/xit', the title was:
    Code:
    LBzB cuxz Xzaz syiP
    Kudos to Element 17 for the above.


    We also have this, which was embedded within 'deaddrop.cc':

    Code:
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    Let's try to crack the above first.

    I wish Gecko would drop by and at least indicate that he is still alive. =/
    I´m gona add this to 1st page.

    Nevermind... I just forgot about the "only 1' minits edit" crap...

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    I'm currently trying to decrypt the public key using a Caesar cipher. It's one of the most likely ciphers, in my opinion.

    The key contains uppercase and lowercase characters, as well as special characters and numerals. This is where it gets tricky: which of these four is involved in the rotation?

    I'm going to assume that only three of these are possible candidates. Every valid key I have seen thus far contains at least one '=' sign near the end of the cipher, and so does the one we've seen on deaddrop.cc. Thus, the possibility of the key being encrypted with a Caesar cipher including special characters in the rotation is unlikely.

    What I see as most likely is a combination of uppercase and lowecase characters. If this doesn't work, I'll include numerals, and if THAT doesn't work, then I'll play with combination of the three.

    A working key will give us two interesting pieces of information when we import it. It will give us a name, and an e-mail address. It may also include a comment. If we can get this key imported, it will be interesting to see what comes up.

    Has anyone made any progress at all?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pardus View Post
    Has anyone made any progress at all?
    I'm not sure if it's "progress" as such, but I'm pretty sure there were at least a few hints in that screenshot of the email account, leading me to think it was a hint, rather than someone showing off that they hacked it.

    The email from "Lady" indicated occultism and "Golden", which I traced back to the Golden Dawn, a series of religious documents ciphered with the Trithemius ciphers. Could be relevant, not entirely sure.

    Then there's the "radkehomeservices.com" email, looks like it's probably irrelevant as that page doesn't exist, but, a quick search for "radke home services" gets some site about purchasing services, the guy running the Radke Home Services name is Jonathan Radke, name just seems really coincidental.

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    You see the one where it says: "I ask you to send me your Gmail.com password"? :'D

    Reminds me, I was looking for a copy of the Polygraphia. The only thing I could find was in Latin. I'll try to translate some of it when I have the time.

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    Yeah, got a chuckle out of that, makes me wonder if that sort of thing ever works.

    Wish we could see more of some of those conversations. Ah well.

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    Default Hmm.......

    Quite a few thoughts:

    I'm almost certain the pic is real and someone got into GG's email account. It would certainly explain a few things. According to the dates in the pic, it probably occurred around the time the three puzzle sites all went down. The latest email is a "password reset request" which means someone probably went around changing his passwords. The account also appears to be in "vacation mode" as shown by the "End now" and "Vacation Settings" options in the top right, which would explain the automated responses.

    His email being hacked would also explain the appearance of the PGP key. Perhaps his private key was compromised, or he wanted future emails to be encrypted in case something like this somehow happens again.

    I think I've also figured out the reason nobody has been able to import the key (I couldn't get it to work either). I read an article somewhere stating that different settings can change the way the key is created, and can make it so two people using different settings might be unable to import each other's public keys. In addition, the version of PGP I downloaded was a good bit newer than the version given in GG's key, which is a few years old. This would seem to indicate GG has had this version for some time, and is probably familiar with it. The point being that the PGP key is, in all likelihood, an actual key and not a cipher.

    Quote Originally Posted by Funeral View Post
    If no one's posted it yet, here is Larry's blog: WarréBeek
    Shortly after this link was posted, the site went down.

    Quote Originally Posted by maskit View Post
    I almost hate to post this, but here's another site registered back to ANON at deaddrop.cc.

    natural bees
    This site, too, went down shortly after being posted here.

    As of very recently, the WHOIS for both of these sites has been updated, with the following info:

    Registrant:
    Imker
    Meaning "Beekeeper." Some of the other WHOIS info is interesting, though what it means (if anything) is beyond me.

    As for the numbers on themostabstruse.com, I'm thinking of writing up a program to try and help decode them. I've tried looking for classical ciphers with numerical ciphertext, but there doesn't appear to be too many. I think its either the type of cipher I described before, or a straddling checkerboard.

    The former would be impossible to brute force due to the many, many possible combinations, but if I limit possible answers based off of the expected frequency of English letters and the actual frequency of numbers it should trim the number of possible answers down considerably. I could also try limiting three letters per number, which should help as well, but I haven't really sat down and tried to figure out how I would go about it. It is also a fair bit of work for creating a program that might be useful in solving the cipher if I'm correct about the type of cipher, which is a very big if.

    A straddling checkerboard on the other hand would seem to have very few possible combinations, unless I'm being stupid about this (which is always a likely possibility). For example, you just need to figure out what the two "row" numbers are (and there is only, what, 90 possible combinations?) Then you could just assign each number a unique letter, and plug that into any decent monoalphabetic cipher solver, and it should have enough text to make it solvable, quite quickly... again, unless I'm forgetting something.

    There's also the "6174.jpg" which I still want to believe is "styx.jpg," but I don't know...

    And the old "soul candy" hint from Torment, which I still want to solve. I remember thinking it was a vigenere autokey for some reason, and that perhaps part of it decoded to the famous "human ingenuity cannot concoct a cipher which human ingenuity cannot resolve" quote by Poe...

    I don't know. It would be really nice if GG would stop by and let us know what's going on. It seems like he still reads this forum fairly regularly. But who knows what goes on in his mind. Probably something to do with bees. I'm terrified of bees.

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