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Cryptology Challenge Launches Today

09 oktober 2015

As promised, please view the attached PDF which kicks off the first BISS Puxi online Cryptology Challenge. There are two challenges in total today. 

  • Cryptology Challenge Launches Today

You have until 12 noon Monday 13 October to submit your answer at the following: http://alturl.com/tafb7

Every Wednesday at 12 noon each week, I will upload the updated league table of those who have entered the competition on the blog section.

Friday at 3pm will see the next challenge set exclusively revealed on our blog.

For those that missed the initial announcement of the competition, here is a brief introduction to Cryptology. Please be aware that the competition is for bragging rights only. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

To give a brief introduction to Cryptology, it is the practice and study of hiding information. Modern cryptography intersects the disciplines of mathematics, computer science, and engineering. There are many types of modern day applications of cryptography which include ATM cards, computer passwords and electronic commerce. The essence of cryptology is the making and breaking of codes and ciphers.

I have put together 8 challenges which are comprised of 2 parts, A and B.

Part A will include the easier challenges and will usually give hints to Part B which are the harder challenges.  Each week I will present a new challenge.

Students and parents can compete against each other or work as a group to decrypt (solve) ciphers (hidden text) that uncover a mystery storyline. The messages are encrypted with very simplistic ciphers and scale accordingly as the challenges progress.

When the cipher is released on our blog page each Friday afternoon, you will have until the following Monday to solve it.  You can submit your answer here when you have completed the cipher. The faster you complete it the more points you get.

Get solving!

Kieren Reynolds, Head of Computing Science