Pirate Bay's Mystery AES Code Finally Decrypted
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A reddit users with the name "Dafky2000" had successfully decrypted the hidden messing behind the hash. He sayss -
“ By analyzing the page source code I could see some irrelevant HTML tags that had no effect. In particular, ‘key lowercase’ with the text enclosed ‘WeAreTPB’, which was not in fact lowercase. The encryption technology was the name of the image itself – ‘aes.png’ – AES”After the two weeks of the raid on the Pirates Bay server at Sweden, popular torrent site was back online contains a pirate flag at background with a mysterious AES string image at the bottom which displayed an encrypted message for those with the wit to see it.
“I did have some trouble – Initially, I was only decrypting half the URL so I knew I was on the right track. Took a break at 2am, but got some sleep to clear my head and finished it off in the morning. I love a challenge and that hit the spot.”- he added.Those who want to replicate the results can use the following bash code dafky2000provided the same readout if others wanted to follow along using the BASH code.
echo “JyO7wNzc8xht47QKWohfDVj6Sc2qH+X5tBCT+uetocIJcjQnp/2f1ViEBR+ty0Cz” | openssl aes-128-cbc -K $(printf wearetpb | sha256sum | head -c 32 | tr ‘[:lower:]’ ‘[:upper:]’) -nosalt -nopad -iv 0 -base64 -d -p