2014 MITRE CTF - Crypto 50 A

Written by: John H.

This turned out to be a very simple challenge. As I do not watch much television these days it took way too much time. I was in the middle of a frequency analysis of the foreign characters (I assigned them all numeric values) when I saw someone give a hint in the #mitrectf IRC about watching television. I proceeded to google "tv show alien language" and find this table:


Source: http://theinfosphere.org/Alien_languages

I seriously weeped a little when I saw this table. I quickly deciphered the message to be "SHUT UP AND TAKE MY FLAG EFOUR EIGHTTHREEEIGHT SEVEN DTWO THREEFIVE THREECSIX FZERO DEIGHTE ZERO ETHREE NINEBC NINENINE ZERO ONE TWO THREETHREE BA FIVE EIGHTNINE FOURE ZEROC".

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