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    Decrypting Ciphertext

    I'm supposed to decrypt a message, however I'm having a hard time finding what kind of cipher is being used. Anyone any ideas from the image attached?
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    I'd guess that it's just a simple symbol-replacement code. Find the most common symbol. It probably represents either "T" or "E." Work your way out from there.
    What can this strange device be?
    When I touch it, it gives forth a sound
    It's got wires that vibrate and give music
    What can this thing be that I found?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elkvis View Post
    I'd guess that it's just a simple symbol-replacement code. Find the most common symbol. It probably represents either "T" or "E." Work your way out from there.
    I took a crack at it by using python program I found on the internet to crypt-analyze a substitution cipher but the program returned 0 meaningful results. :-(

    Could this message be "Be sure to drink your Ovaltine." in Klingon?
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    I tried plugging it into cryptoquip solvers too, and got no meaningful results back. Here was my ascii version of the encoded message: ab bcdefag hbci jfiig dklfmfg

    What language would the answer likely be in?

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    I have solved it.

    MAALCHEMYSALTGETTYCODEKEY

    It looks like either an anagram or it's a sentence stuck together.

    the last parts read CODE KEY.

    BTW the cipher is called Bionicle
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    Quote Originally Posted by swgh View Post
    It looks like either an anagram or it's a sentence stuck together.
    Looks more like a password.

    In any case, there are actually spaces between the symbols.So your result string can be have spaces in between the individual words that compose it. It will check out with the spaces on the cypher. Those spaces can be simple fillers just for display and not be a part of the password, tough. Which is likely, since this looks like a horse battery password. (Or to be replaced with a symbol of their own like a dash or an hash symbol).

    I couldn't find anything about this bionic cypher and you don't provide a link. But if this is indeed a simple substitution cypher as your result suggests, I wonder why the others couldn't find a probable outcome on their programs...
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    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swgh View Post
    *slow clap/face palm*
    How on earth did you find this information?


    Quote Originally Posted by Mario F. View Post
    But if this is indeed a simple substitution cypher as your result suggests, I wonder why the others couldn't find a probable outcome on their programs...
    I used this http://practicalcryptography.com/med...simplesub_2.py

    It probably would have (If I had the patience), but I think it has got something to with the quadgram statistics I used, that ranked the words in this message way lower.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevesmithx View Post
    *slow clap/face palm*
    How on earth did you find this information?
    I knew about the Winter Dragon site from before I went to college.
    I began to study data encryption before I really got into mainstream
    programming as a career.
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    no, its called a simple substitution cypher. The font may be called bionicle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abachler View Post
    no, its called a simple substitution cypher. The font may be called bionicle.
    I'll be damned three times and thrown into the deepest pit!
    How are you, abachler? Damn nice to see you!
    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    abachler & Mario F. in the same thread after a long time. *Goes out of the basement to buy popcorn*

    Welcome back, abachler! Long time, no C.

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