14-year-old codebreaker cracks secrets of Australia’s IT Security Agency

A 14-year-old genius managed to crack the four layers of code present on a commemorative coin published by the Australian agency in charge of the fight against computer attacks. It only took him an hour!

For its 75th anniversary, the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) – in charge of the fight against cyberattacks – has struck a commemorative coin of 50 cents in the colors of the agency and the Queen of England, which is also the head of state of the country. In addition to being a special edition (50,000 copies), this piece is one of a kind: it incorporates four layers of encryption that code lovers can have a blast with!

A precocious researcher

These four codes are increasingly difficult to decipher. ” Like ASD’s early code breakers, you can decipher the first layers with pencil and paper “explains Rachel Noble, the agency’s general manager. ” But for the last level, you will need a computer! “.

We do not know how he did it, but the fact remains that a 14-year-old boy was the first to decipher the four layers of code. ” We launched the coin yesterday at 8:45 a.m., and we posted a form on the internet saying, “Hey, if you think you have the answers, let us know!” “. An hour later, the code breaker, resident in Tasmania, gave the correct answers!

Rachel Noble couldn’t believe it: It’s incredible. Can you imagine what it’s like to be his mom? We hope to meet him soon… to hire him! “. He will certainly make a very good element within the ASD. Nevertheless, the prodigy still has her work cut out for her as the director has revealed that there is a fifth level of code in the room, well hidden, waiting for amateurs.

The messages on the piece are not state secrets. These are actually messages wonderful, inspiring “.

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