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    The Gold Bug – Crypto and Privacy Village Puzzle

    Love puzzles? Need a place to exercise your classical and modern cryptography skills? This puzzle will keep you intrigued and busy throughout Defcon - and questioning how deep the layers of cryptography go.The Gold Bug an annual Defcon puzzle hunt, focused on cryptography. You can learn about Caesar ciphers, brush up your understanding of how Enigma machines or key exchanges work, and try to crack harder modern crypto. Accessible to all - and drop by for some kids’ puzzles too! PELCGBTENCUL VF UNEQ

  • #2
    Not sure if I'm in the right direction. But in regards to the image of the beetle. Is anyone familiar with the Rail Fence cipher?


    • number6
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      When you visit the web page URL, and then move on to the next part of their page, you are given directions about a channel on the DEF CON Discord server ( ) : "Drop by #cpv-gold-bug-text in the DEF Con Discord to discuss puzzles and ask for hints! Also keep an eye on @CryptoVillage for hints on twitter First three puzzles released at 10am Thursday 8/11. Remaining puzzles released at 10am on Friday. Contest concludes at 10am on Sunday 8/14." I've seen activity on the channel they have for the DEF CON Discord Server.

  • #3
    The puzzles for this year's contest can all be found online at . Watch Twitter and discord for hints and errata. Discord is also a great place to find some hacker friends to bounce ideas off of!

    Good luck!