If the letter E is taken as word divider, a possible decryption of the beginning is:
abccad fbgh ijklm lndj cnd opcd bm kqdj
LITTLE MIND KNOWS WHEN THE GATE IS OPEN
Blog reader Alex later remarked that BIRD fits better than MIND. LITTLE BIRD may refer to Twitter. The end reads like this:
END END END
Replacing A by zero and x by one in the AAxxAA part, Norbert received the following byte sequence: 36 36 36 36 36 36 6d 37 78 36 78 35 72 65 67 63 2e 6f 6e 69 6f 6e. Converted to ASCII character this means:
This is obviously an address in the TOR network. Blog reader Renederberserker tried to open it but it didn’t work. Probably, we need to “know when the gate is open”, as the message found by Norbert implies. The time when the gate is open might be announced on Twitter (“little bird knows”). It is well possible that the last page of the book, which is still unsolved, gives additional clues.
What does “regc” mean?
Blog reader Alex made another interesting discovery. The PGP-signed message linked in the most recent Tengri (137) tweet lists the following numbers: 2, 8, 20, 28, 50, 82, 126. These are the magic numbers in nuclear physics. Only 126 is missing. However, if we interpret the string “666666m7x6x5” as “666666 modulo 7 × 6 × 5” we get 126.
I have to admit that I am absolutely overwhelmed by the many discoveries my readers have made. This is codebreaking as its best. Many thanks to Norbert, nimrodx0, Alex, and Klaus for this great work.
I wonder what will happen next. Will we find a way to open the TOR address “666666m7x6x5regc.onion”? Will there be additional tweets? Can we decipher the last page of the book? And, finally, what does “regc” mean?
Further reading: Tony Gaffney’s starlight steganogram