Can you crack this code...Mr.(future)Bond??!

#1
Your new mission if you choose to accept it:

Can you crack it?

According to the Telegraph, GCHQ folk have created this website, if you can crack the code (which prolly says something like: the UK is going tits up ;P), you're invited to a fast track job application to become a spy at GCHQ.

GCHQ: solve the online code, become a real-life spy - Telegraph

Can anyone of the good folk here at AARSE be aarsed to give it a shot?
 

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#2
I give up! Whats the answer?
 
#3
As a starter are the bigrams not hexadecimal equivalents of ASC II code ?

Have to go out perhaps someone else could check .
 
#5
I'm not an expert at codes, so went looking for a shortcut. If you use view source on the page you find the line
var austDay = new Date(2011, 11, 12, 0, 1, 0);
$('#defaultCountdown').countdown({until: austDay});
Aha, so does that mean Australia Day? So I guessed Australia. Wrong.
 
#6
But one of the strings is 80 90 90 which would surely be the same in hex or ascii
Maybe its needing more than one translation
 

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#7
The answer is not "I'm just off to zip myself into a sports bag"
 
#8
Looks like a set of 20 8 byte mac addresses which you then need to convert to binary and then into a word. My head started hurting at that point.
 
#9
I've just contacted them to let them know that c1 in the third line should be c7.

Proof readers these days... :roll:
 
#10
The first line reads

eb04afc2bfa381ec which in binary is 16934853749793587000

Or if you keep the spaces 201815882579835350000

Not that any of that helps of course.
 
#13
As a starter are the bigrams not hexadecimal equivalents of ASC II code ?

Have to go out perhaps someone else could check .
You're spot on.

It reads:

ë¯Â¿£&#65533;ì&#65533;&#65533;1É&#65533; þÁuù1Àºï¾*Þ &#65533;ÐÁÊ&#65533; &#65533;<&#65533;&#65533;< þÁuèé\&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;ã&#65533;Ã&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;\X=AAAAuCX=BBBBu;Z&#65533;Ñ&#65533;æ&#65533;ß)Ïó¤&#65533;Þ&#65533;Ñ&#65533;ß)Ï1À1Û1ÒþÀ&#65533;&#65533;4&#65533;4&#65533;&#65533;ò0ö&#65533;&#65533;0Ú&#65533;GIuÞ1Û&#65533;ØþÀÍ&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;è&#65533;ÿÿÿAAAA
 
#14
Hedgehog
 
#17
As a starter are the bigrams not hexadecimal equivalents of ASC II code ?

Have to go out perhaps someone else could check .
the ascii doesn't look very helpful.
eb 4 af c2 bf a3 81 ec 0 1 0 0 31 c9 88 0c
0c fe c1 75 f9 31 c0 ba ef be ad de 2 4 c 0
d0 c1 ca 8 8a 1c 0c 8a 3c 4 88 1c 4 88 3c c
fe c1 75 e8 e9 5c 0 0 0 89 e3 81 c3 4 0 0
0 5c 58 3d 41 41 41 41 75 43 58 3d 42 42 42 42
75 3b 5a 89 d1 89 e6 89 df 29 cf f3 a4 89 de 89
d1 89 df 29 cf 31 c0 31 db 31 d2 fe c0 2 1c 6
8a 14 6 8a 34 1e 88 34 6 88 14 1e 0 f2 30 f6
8a 1c 16 8a 17 30 da 88 17 47 49 75 de 31 db 89
d8 fe c0 cd 80 90 90 e8 9d ff ff ff 41 41 41 41

below is the decimal

235 4 175 194 191 163 129 236 0 1 0 0 49 201 136 12
12 254 193 117 249 49 192 186 239 190 173 222 2 4 12 0
208 193 202 8 138 28 12 138 60 4 136 28 4 136 60 12
254 193 117 232 233 92 0 0 0 137 227 129 195 4 0 0
0 92 88 61 65 65 65 65 117 67 88 61 66 66 66 66
117 59 90 137 209 137 230 137 223 41 207 243 164 137 222 137
209 137 223 41 207 49 192 49 219 49 210 254 192 2 28 6
138 20 6 138 52 30 136 52 6 136 20 30 0 242 48 246
138 28 22 138 23 48 218 136 23 71 73 117 222 49 219 137
216 254 192 205 128 144 144 232 157 255 255 255 65 65 65 65

the ascii looks like this but I can't paste it from my spreadsheet properly for some reason.
ë  ¯ Â ¿ £ ? ì
þ Á u ù 1 À º ï ¾ * Þ  
Ð Á Ê  Š  Š
þ Á u è é \
\ X = A A A A
u ; Z ‰ Ñ ‰ æ ‰
Ñ ‰ ß ) Ï 1 À 1
Š   Š 4  ˆ 4
Š   Š  0 Ú ˆ
Ø þ À Í € ? ? è
 
#20
Don't throw fridges at pirates
 

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