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Mysterious message on Wikipedia from "The Zodiac"

Postby Robin S » Fri Jul 18, 2008 4:33 pm UTC

After reading today's comic, I went over to Wikipedia, as I often do, to check out what sort of vandalism had resulted from the mention of the "Deconstruction" page in the comic's title text. Searching through the list of edit history pages comparing each version of the page to its predecessor, I came across a page which, instead of showing the revisions at the top of the page, had a black background, screwed-up formatting and a message in white font with an image underneath. Checking a couple of consecutive edit history pages, I got the same. Having copied the contents of the message into Word, I found most of the original contents of the article had somehow been hidden but reappeared when I pasted it; below this was the message itself.

A quick search showed that the message was referring unambiguously to this (the image below the message was the same symbol which appears at the top of the article), and Google turned up this, suggesting that the message has somehow been edited into other Wikipedia pages, though not necessarily in the conventional manner.

Curiously, upon re-checking the edit history pages, the message had disappeared.

The message was as follows. The actual message appears to contain a variety of fonts, so some of the characters may be incorrect.
This is the Zodiac speaking. You people seem so smart, yet I get away with so much. Here is a letter for you smart people:
↙€☻¥€∀⊙⌂⊙☻♂ﷲ⊙⅛⊙▓々¥⊙€⊙♫♫㉿㌘†☻⊙∆⊙♫㌘†☻☻々 ↔∆╨€☻⅛⊙∀∀⊙☻♂▓々㉿▓∀々㉿↔╨€↙⊙☻♂♫々ⅨД々ґ€†♫々ﷲ╨々☻☼㉿†⅛⊙∀∀▓々㉿▓∀々☼㉿†㉿☻∀☼¥々♫∆↔㉿☼∆╨々 ⊙↔Д㉿¥☼♫Д†∆ﷲ╨々☻☼㉿†↙€☻¥€∀⊙⌂々∆╨⊙♫ﷲ々Д♫⊙∆々☼㉿†⅛⊙∀∀∆╨々♫㉿†∀㉿㌘∆╨々▓㉿㉿↔$†々々↔▓⊙♂♫∀€↙ 々♫∆╨€∆¥々↙㉿∆々∆╨々⊙↔∀⊙↙々♫∆㉿∆╨々々¾Д€↔⅛¾々☻∆∆╨€∆⊙€¾☻㉿ﷲ¥々♫∆↔㉿☼⊙☻♂ﷲ⊙∆╨¾☼㉿ﷲ☻Д€↔々 ╨€☻¥♫
"You people seem so smart" seems like it could be a reference to the Wikipedian community or even xkcd, which if true would strongly suggest to me that the message was written by a prankster. If not, it is possible that the encrypted message is related to one of the original ones sent by the actual Zodiac killer in the 60s.

Any thoughts?
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Re: Mysterious message on Wikipedia from "The Zodiac"

Postby Random832 » Fri Jul 18, 2008 5:17 pm UTC

Robin S wrote:After reading today's comic, I went over to Wikipedia, as I often do, to check out what sort of vandalism had resulted from the mention of the "Deconstruction" page in the comic's title text. Searching through the list of edit history pages comparing each version of the page to its predecessor, I came across a page which, instead of showing the revisions at the top of the page, had a black background, screwed-up formatting and a message in white font with an image underneath. Checking a couple of consecutive edit history pages, I got the same. Having copied the contents of the message into Word, I found most of the original contents of the article had somehow been hidden but reappeared when I pasted it; below this was the message itself.

A quick search showed that the message was referring unambiguously to this (the image below the message was the same symbol which appears at the top of the article), and Google turned up this, suggesting that the message has somehow been edited into other Wikipedia pages, though not necessarily in the conventional manner.

Curiously, upon re-checking the edit history pages, the message had disappeared.

The message was as follows. The actual message appears to contain a variety of fonts, so some of the characters may be incorrect.
This is the Zodiac speaking. You people seem so smart, yet I get away with so much. Here is a letter for you smart people:
↙€☻¥€∀⊙⌂⊙☻♂ﷲ⊙⅛⊙▓々¥⊙€⊙♫♫㉿㌘†☻⊙∆⊙♫㌘†☻☻々 ↔∆╨€☻⅛⊙∀∀⊙☻♂▓々㉿▓∀々㉿↔╨€↙⊙☻♂♫々ⅨД々ґ€†♫々ﷲ╨々☻☼㉿†⅛⊙∀∀▓々㉿▓∀々☼㉿†㉿☻∀☼¥々♫∆↔㉿☼∆╨々 ⊙↔Д㉿¥☼♫Д†∆ﷲ╨々☻☼㉿†↙€☻¥€∀⊙⌂々∆╨⊙♫ﷲ々Д♫⊙∆々☼㉿†⅛⊙∀∀∆╨々♫㉿†∀㉿㌘∆╨々▓㉿㉿↔$†々々↔▓⊙♂♫∀€↙ 々♫∆╨€∆¥々↙㉿∆々∆╨々⊙↔∀⊙↙々♫∆㉿∆╨々々¾Д€↔⅛¾々☻∆∆╨€∆⊙€¾☻㉿ﷲ¥々♫∆↔㉿☼⊙☻♂ﷲ⊙∆╨¾☼㉿ﷲ☻Д€↔々 ╨€☻¥♫
"You people seem so smart" seems like it could be a reference to the Wikipedian community or even xkcd, which if true would strongly suggest to me that the message was written by a prankster. If not, it is possible that the encrypted message is related to one of the original ones sent by the actual Zodiac killer in the 60s.

Any thoughts?


I can't find the coded message, but some of the vandalism is here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Co ... 244.11.194 - it was to templates, so it showed up on thousands of pages, not just deconstruction

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Re: Mysterious message on Wikipedia from "The Zodiac"

Postby kovan » Fri Jul 18, 2008 6:37 pm UTC

Probably just someone who watched Zodiac with Jake Gyllenhaal last weekend

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Re: Mysterious message on Wikipedia from "The Zodiac"

Postby Mitora » Fri Jul 18, 2008 6:38 pm UTC

Can anyone decipher that so we can read it?
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Re: Mysterious message on Wikipedia from "The Zodiac"

Postby kellsbells » Fri Jul 18, 2008 6:47 pm UTC

I just woke up and my eyes are too blurry right now to make an attempt at deciphering it, but if nobody else has snatched in up in the meantime I'll give it a try in a little while.
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Re: Mysterious message on Wikipedia from "The Zodiac"

Postby Robin S » Fri Jul 18, 2008 6:51 pm UTC

I'm currently doing so by hand, for the hell of it. It's clearly a basic monoalphabetic substitution cipher, so succumbs to frequency analysis.
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Re: Mysterious message on Wikipedia from "The Zodiac"

Postby Dobblesworth » Fri Jul 18, 2008 6:54 pm UTC

The Zodiac's hit South Africa now

Looking at it, the cypher has 4 spaces when copy-pasted as text
The Zodiac? wrote:↙€☻¥€∀⊙⌂⊙☻♂ﷲ⊙⅛⊙▓々¥⊙€⊙♫♫㉿㌘†☻⊙∆⊙♫㌘†☻☻々

↔∆╨€☻⅛⊙∀∀⊙☻♂▓々㉿▓∀々㉿↔╨€↙⊙☻♂♫々ⅨД々ґ€†♫々ﷲ╨々☻☼㉿†⅛⊙∀∀▓々㉿▓∀々☼㉿†㉿☻∀☼¥々♫∆↔㉿☼∆╨々

⊙↔Д㉿¥☼♫Д†∆ﷲ╨々☻☼㉿†↙€☻¥€∀⊙⌂々∆╨⊙♫ﷲ々Д♫⊙∆々☼㉿†⅛⊙∀∀∆╨々♫㉿†∀㉿㌘∆╨々▓㉿㉿↔$†々々↔▓⊙♂♫∀€↙

々♫∆╨€∆¥々↙㉿∆々∆╨々⊙↔∀⊙↙々♫∆㉿∆╨々々¾Д€↔⅛¾々☻∆∆╨€∆⊙€¾☻㉿ﷲ¥々♫∆↔㉿☼⊙☻♂ﷲ⊙∆╨¾☼㉿ﷲ☻Д€↔々 ╨€☻¥♫

Whether this indicates an end of one string of the cypher, end of sentence or something as simple as providing a break so the centred text doesn't get cropped off a screen, I am unsure. I think it's also written in just one typeface, so switching fonts on a pasted version reveals nothing. Most likely the symbols were taken from Character Map or similar. Will look further at this, see if it's 26 characters total, see what kind of substitution/code may (not) be at work here.
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Re: Mysterious message on Wikipedia from "The Zodiac"

Postby wst » Fri Jul 18, 2008 7:03 pm UTC

Template hit. Nothing in the history.

EDIT:
Here's the relevant source:

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<div style="position:fixed; width=2000; height=2000; left:0%; top:0%; overflow:visible;">
<table border="2">
<tr>
<td bgcolor="black"></td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td bgcolor="black">
<center>
<p><font size="+2" color="white">This is the Zodiac speaking. You people seem so smart, yet I get away with so much. Here is a letter for you smart people:</font></p>
<p><font size="+2" color="white">↙€☻¥€∀⊙⌂⊙☻♂ﷲ⊙⅛⊙▓々¥⊙€⊙♫♫㉿㌘†☻⊙∆⊙♫㌘†☻☻々↔∆╨€☻⅛⊙∀∀⊙☻♂▓々㉿▓∀々㉿↔╨€↙⊙☻♂♫々ⅨД々ґ€†♫々ﷲ╨々☻☼㉿†⅛⊙∀∀▓々㉿▓∀々☼㉿†㉿☻∀☼¥々♫∆↔㉿☼∆╨々⊙↔Д㉿¥☼♫Д†∆ﷲ╨々☻☼㉿†↙€☻¥€∀⊙⌂々∆╨⊙♫ﷲ々Д♫⊙∆々☼㉿†⅛⊙∀∀∆╨々♫㉿†∀㉿㌘∆╨々▓㉿㉿↔$†々々↔▓⊙♂♫∀€↙々♫∆╨€∆¥々↙㉿∆々∆╨々⊙↔∀⊙↙々♫∆㉿∆╨々々¾Д€↔⅛¾々☻∆∆╨€∆⊙€¾☻㉿ﷲ¥々♫∆↔㉿☼⊙☻♂ﷲ⊙∆╨¾☼㉿ﷲ☻Д€↔々╨€☻¥♫</font></p>
<div class="center">
<div class="thumb tnone">
<div class="thumbinner" style="width:252px;"><font size="+2" color="white"><a href="/wiki/Image:Celtic-style_crossed_circle.svg" class="image" title="Celtic-style crossed circle.svg"><img alt="" src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d2/Celtic-style_crossed_circle.svg/250px-Celtic-style_crossed_circle.svg.png" width="250" height="250" border="0" class="thumbimage" /></a></font>
<div class="thumbcaption">
<div class="magnify"><font size="+2" color="white"><a href="/wiki/Image:Celtic-style_crossed_circle.svg" class="internal" title="Enlarge"><img src="/skins-1.5/common/images/magnify-clip.png" width="15" height="11" alt="" /></a></font></div>
</div>
</div>
</div>
</div>

The font looks like wingdings, but if it was that simple there's got to be other stuff in it as well (rot13, etc...)... (And it isn't wingdings. Or the variants thereof)
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Re: Mysterious message on Wikipedia from "The Zodiac"

Postby Robin S » Fri Jul 18, 2008 7:21 pm UTC

Progress so far: ∆, ╨ and 々 almost certainly represent T, H and E. ⊙ and ∀ seem likely to represent A and L.
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Re: Mysterious message on Wikipedia from "The Zodiac"

Postby Random832 » Fri Jul 18, 2008 7:26 pm UTC

Frequency table:

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     30 々
     23 ⊙
     20 ㉿
     20 ∆
     17 ☻
     15 ♫
     15 €
     14 ╨
     14 ∀
     10 †
     10 ↔
      9 ☼
      8 ¥
      7 ▓
      7 ﷲ‎
      6 ↙
      6 Д
      5 ♂
      5 ⅛
      4 ¾
      3 ㌘
      2 ⌂
      2
      1 Ⅸ
      1 ґ
      1 $


Anyone attempting to decode this should be aware that ﷲ‎ has right-to-left directionality, and so can affect the order in which nearby non-directional characters are printed.

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Re: Mysterious message on Wikipedia from "The Zodiac"

Postby Roun » Fri Jul 18, 2008 7:33 pm UTC

I think € might be A actually, I don't know.

I'm almost sure ♫ represents S.

EDIT: Sure of that now, the message ends with "hands" and the first bit might be "I and a...", so ☻ is N and ¥ is D.
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Re: Mysterious message on Wikipedia from "The Zodiac"

Postby TaintedDeity » Fri Jul 18, 2008 7:33 pm UTC

This is exactly why I love you guys.
Many would simply ignore this, here we've got a bunch of people working it out in their spare time.

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Re: Mysterious message on Wikipedia from "The Zodiac"

Postby Random832 » Fri Jul 18, 2008 7:39 pm UTC

So we don't have to work with odd characters, here's a version with each character completely arbitrarily assigned to a letter of the alphabet
ABCDBEFGFCHIFJFKLDFBFMMNOPCFQFMOPCCLRQSBCJFEEFCHKLNKELNRSBAFCHMLYW LZBPMLISLCTNPJFEEKLNKELTNPNCETDLMQRNTQSLFRWNDTMWPQISLCTNPABCDBEFGLQSFMIL WMFQLTNPJFEEQSLMNPENOQSLKNNRVPLLRKFHMEBALMQSBQDLANQLQSLFREFALMQNQSLLUWBRJULCQQSBQFBUCNIDLMQRNTFCHIFQSUTNICWBRLSBCDM

[edit]
Upon doing this I was able to successfully make use of an online cryptogram solver!
Spoiler:
V AND ALIZING WIKIPEDIA IS SO FUN IT IS FUNNER THAN KILLING PEOPLE OR HAVING SEX BECAUSE WHEN YOU KILL PEOPLE YOU ONLY DESTROY THEIR BODY S BUT WHEN YOU V AND ALIZE THIS WEBSITE YOU KILL THE SOUL OF THE POOR QUEER PIG SLAVES THAT DEVOTE THEIR LIVES TO THE EMBARK MENT THAT I AM NOW DESTROYING WITH MY OWN BARE HAND S

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Re: Mysterious message on Wikipedia from "The Zodiac"

Postby Robin S » Fri Jul 18, 2008 7:51 pm UTC

Possibility: €, ☻ and ¥ represent A, N and D.

Edit: ninja'd, twice no less. But Random832, solving things yourself is much more fun.

Second edit: the original text turns up here. Someone beat us to it by quite a bit.
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Re: Mysterious message on Wikipedia from "The Zodiac"

Postby DaMullet » Fri Jul 18, 2008 8:01 pm UTC

Well, I won't be surprised when we hear of some yahoo copycat getting arrested for murder. Great work guys, let's hit the showers.
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Re: Mysterious message on Wikipedia from "The Zodiac"

Postby Mercurius » Fri Jul 18, 2008 8:41 pm UTC

Random832 wrote:So we don't have to work with odd characters, here's a version with each character completely arbitrarily assigned to a letter of the alphabet
ABCDBEFGFCHIFJFKLDFBFMMNOPCFQFMOPCCLRQSBCJFEEFCHKLNKELNRSBAFCHMLYW LZBPMLISLCTNPJFEEKLNKELTNPNCETDLMQRNTQSLFRWNDTMWPQISLCTNPABCDBEFGLQSFMIL WMFQLTNPJFEEQSLMNPENOQSLKNNRVPLLRKFHMEBALMQSBQDLANQLQSLFREFALMQNQSLLUWBRJULCQQSBQFBUCNIDLMQRNTFCHIFQSUTNICWBRLSBCDM

[edit]
Upon doing this I was able to successfully make use of an online cryptogram solver!
Spoiler:
V AND ALIZING WIKIPEDIA IS SO FUN IT IS FUNNER THAN KILLING PEOPLE OR HAVING SEX BECAUSE WHEN YOU KILL PEOPLE YOU ONLY DESTROY THEIR BODY S BUT WHEN YOU V AND ALIZE THIS WEBSITE YOU KILL THE SOUL OF THE POOR QUEER PIG SLAVES THAT DEVOTE THEIR LIVES TO THE EMBARK MENT THAT I AM NOW DESTROYING WITH MY OWN BARE HAND S


Interesting. Are the other messages the same, or do they vary?
You know, I'm not really sure what "socioeconomic class" I am. I'm richer than my parents, I don't have a real job, and my mannerisms tend to match up with whomever I'm talking to.

...is "con man" a social class?

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Re: Mysterious message on Wikipedia from "The Zodiac"

Postby Sasha » Fri Jul 18, 2008 9:32 pm UTC

We need to have a cryptogram/cypher thread.


HINT.
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Re: Mysterious message on Wikipedia from "The Zodiac"

Postby Robin S » Fri Jul 18, 2008 9:35 pm UTC

There have been a few specific ones in the past, though I did consider creating a thread where each person posting may either introduce their own code or, if they have cracked someone else's, respond in that code instead. How well it would work would depend on how many people would be willing to post in it regularly. I suspect not too many, at least not on any kind of long-term basis.
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Re: Mysterious message on Wikipedia from "The Zodiac"

Postby Sasha » Fri Jul 18, 2008 9:38 pm UTC

My idea is a thread where the creator lays down general non-asshattery rules, second poster introduces/creates a coded message, first to solve it with confirmation does the next one, et cetera.
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Re: Mysterious message on Wikipedia from "The Zodiac"

Postby Robin S » Fri Jul 18, 2008 9:51 pm UTC

Hmm. There's quite a serious limit to how complicated you can make a cipher before it requires a fairly significant time / effort investment to break. Also, the more complicated the cipher, the longer the text needs to be for there to be a hope of breaking it.
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Re: Mysterious message on Wikipedia from "The Zodiac"

Postby Sasha » Fri Jul 18, 2008 10:21 pm UTC

Exactly.
Marbas wrote:I'll usually jump from one strange thought to the next, such gems as: "I wonder if bears get depressed", "I think the sun is unnecessarily smug" and so on.

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Re: Mysterious message on Wikipedia from "The Zodiac"

Postby thesoftbulletin82 » Sat Jul 19, 2008 4:00 pm UTC

Yeah, about this whole Zodiac business... so I was rummaging through wikipedia this morning while at work, and I found myself reading up on the ultra-controversial Senator Joseph McCarthy's entry. There sat a large (and annoying) black box over half of the window, containing the following message:

"This is the Zodiac speaking. Since you are doing nothing about me, I want you to put little boxes everywhere to show that you recognize my reign. It's your choice, if you don't maybe I will just work extra hard and spread my message accross(sic) other wikis and websites, hopping from one to another."

Then underneath it was a large image of "Image:Celtic-style crossed circle.svg", in the same vein as that cross and circle that the original Zodiac used to sign his letters.

So yeah... halfway through typing all this out, I began to already tire from this annoying asshat, but how the hell do you get rid of this guy's dirty work? When I went to edit the page, I couldn't find a trace of anything "Zodiac" related, so I couldn't figure out how to delete the Zodiac part from the entry.

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Re: Mysterious message on Wikipedia from "The Zodiac"

Postby DaMullet » Sat Jul 19, 2008 5:37 pm UTC

Not there now, near as I can tell.
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Re: Mysterious message on Wikipedia from "The Zodiac"

Postby ParanoidAndroid » Sat Jul 19, 2008 5:43 pm UTC

Incidently, I read an article in the paper around about a week ago about a grisly slaying of a young woman. The message left on her bathroom mirror had the Zodiac's cross and claimed that the killer revered the Zodiac Killer and would continue to emulate him.

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Edit: The Story
Edit 2: Spelling
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Re: Mysterious message on Wikipedia from "The Zodiac"

Postby Robin S » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:38 pm UTC

thesoftbulletin82 wrote:When I went to edit the page, I couldn't find a trace of anything "Zodiac" related, so I couldn't figure out how to delete the Zodiac part from the entry.
As mentioned in an earlier post, it appears the vandalism has been to templates, so they would not show up when editing the article itself.
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Re: Mysterious message on Wikipedia from "The Zodiac"

Postby kovan » Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:40 pm UTC

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia: ... be_checked

According to a few of these posts, Zodiac is a Canadiaian

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Re: Mysterious message on Wikipedia from "The Zodiac"

Postby Unicyclist » Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:49 pm UTC

Obviously not the real Zodiac, that badass lives in California.
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Re: Mysterious message on Wikipedia from "The Zodiac"

Postby Insignificant Deifaction » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:04 pm UTC

Wouldn't this be an incredibly stupid move for the actual Zodiac2?

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Re: Mysterious message on Wikipedia from "The Zodiac"

Postby Sheo » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:41 pm UTC

Insignificant Deification wrote:Wouldn't this be an incredibly stupid move for the actual Zodiac2?

Anonymity on the internet is an illusion easily broken by angry hackers. Examples: Anonymous & 4chan


Ironically an appropriate image from 711chan >.>

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Re: Mysterious message on Wikipedia from "The Zodiac"

Postby ParanoidAndroid » Sun Jul 20, 2008 3:19 am UTC

Insignificant Deification wrote:Wouldn't this be an incredibly stupid move for the actual Zodiac2?

Anonymity on the internet is an illusion easily broken by angry hackers. Examples: Anonymous & 4chan


I doubt anyone suspects that this is the actual Zodiac. However, there have been and still are plenty of copycats.

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Re: Mysterious message on Wikipedia from "The Zodiac"

Postby Random832 » Sun Jul 20, 2008 3:21 am UTC

thesoftbulletin82 wrote:Yeah, about this whole Zodiac business... so I was rummaging through wikipedia this morning while at work, and I found myself reading up on the ultra-controversial Senator Joseph McCarthy's entry. There sat a large (and annoying) black box over half of the window, containing the following message:

"This is the Zodiac speaking. Since you are doing nothing about me, I want you to put little boxes everywhere to show that you recognize my reign. It's your choice, if you don't maybe I will just work extra hard and spread my message accross(sic) other wikis and websites, hopping from one to another."

Then underneath it was a large image of "Image:Celtic-style crossed circle.svg", in the same vein as that cross and circle that the original Zodiac used to sign his letters.

So yeah... halfway through typing all this out, I began to already tire from this annoying asshat, but how the hell do you get rid of this guy's dirty work? When I went to edit the page, I couldn't find a trace of anything "Zodiac" related, so I couldn't figure out how to delete the Zodiac part from the entry.


Step 1: Go to edit the page
Step 2: A list of all templates included in the current version of the page is at the bottom
Step 3: Click on each of these in tabs (only go to ones that aren't "Protected" - if it's Protected it means either it's not it, or the vandal is an admin, or it's already been fixed by an admin)
Step 4: When (not if) it turns out it's not in any of them, this is because someone else has already fixed it.
Step 5: If it's still in the article after reloading, go back to the edit screen and change "action=edit" to "action=purge" and click OK.

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Re: Mysterious message on Wikipedia from "The Zodiac"

Postby ParanoidAndroid » Sun Jul 20, 2008 3:57 am UTC

Some confirmed Zodiac letters:
Decoded Letter

Well, they both have pretty terrible grammar and spelling.

Unsolved Letter

This one has never been solved. Any takers?

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Re: Mysterious message on Wikipedia from "The Zodiac"

Postby Lord Zetsuei » Sun Jul 20, 2008 4:00 am UTC

Hi folks.

I was skimming around on Wikipedia and found another message.

Unfortunately, I lost it - the page reloaded and it was gone. However, it said something to the effect of taking note of the sign, and that it would spread to other wikis and databases.

Underneath it was another garble of cryptic characters, like the other entries.

Here's the link, just in case someone wants to try and track down a past version of the page:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toph

Hope this helps, and good luck on the decryption!


Link allowed to stay since it is clearly to Wikipedia, but from now please refrain from posting links until you have more than five posts, as per the forum rules.

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Re: Mysterious message on Wikipedia from "The Zodiac"

Postby Random832 » Sun Jul 20, 2008 4:10 am UTC

Lord Zetsuei wrote:Hi folks.

I was skimming around on Wikipedia and found another message.

Unfortunately, I lost it - the page reloaded and it was gone. However, it said something to the effect of taking note of the sign, and that it would spread to other wikis and databases.

Underneath it was another garble of cryptic characters, like the other entries.

Here's the link, just in case someone wants to try and track down a past version of the page:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toph

Hope this helps, and good luck on the decryption!


Found it:

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?tit ... diffonly=1

Arbitrary permutation:

Code: Select all

ABCDAEAFGHIGJBKLMIADNOGPRAQKNASBRABMAMGM
EMTFMPGFIUTJROHFMGIRPRDVRTFIIFGI UTMBIIV
TBLHHAMBSRIMAPTTWHEBBFEGAAWUMRXBMHAFOKAF
GBFIVAMFMSPABBRCTVOWRBGMT UUSHAAAREDLUVK
GFUISDHBTATMPJENERIPLAFIGYCGIVSBFIGMFHIO
GFFAIFWMAWIVHMBB PFFOSTBSHPUPNKOMAGBGGIA
IGJRICBFLLFDMSVEDWPGGLIFPBAEOUJGTFSGPTBE
BOFHWFBG FHIBGBNMSRAGIIGTWBSNWATBWBMMAAO
PHOPMUEMBDVAIAOSFMOLUPBBBSUCALGFPPGPBDAB
H EEIIBADFDAEBB


There are only 25 symbols not counting space, but spaces weren't significant before.

Frequency list: BAFIGMPTHSREOUDWVLNKJCYXQ
With space included: BAFIGMPTHSREOUDWVLN KJCYXQ

No string of more than three symbols appears more than once.
No string matching "wikipedia" [e.g. "abcbdefbg"] appears anywhere in the message
No string matching "vandalizing" [e.g. "abcdbefgfch"] appears anywhere in the message
There are two strings matching "killing" [e.g. "abccbde"], setting either as a clue did not seem to help the solver
My verdict: he's just screwing with us now.

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Re: Mysterious message on Wikipedia from "The Zodiac"

Postby mandate of heaven » Mon Jul 21, 2008 3:16 am UTC

I saw the same thing today as well. I did take a pic of it, but someone else already has it on the internet, so I'll just link theirs. I was also looking at avatar related pages.

"This is the Zodiac speaking. Tell all the other websites that they are in for a big treat. Tommorow I will begin spreading my reign, but digress, I will not leave you, because you provide me with such comfort. I think you people should put little 申 boxes on your pages, because I own this website now."

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Quite strange...


(Oh, and first post, I love xkcd)

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Re: Mysterious message on Wikipedia from "The Zodiac"

Postby Random832 » Mon Jul 21, 2008 3:52 am UTC

mandate of heaven wrote:I saw the same thing today as well. I did take a pic of it, but someone else already has it on the internet, so I'll just link theirs. I was also looking at avatar related pages.

"This is the Zodiac speaking. Tell all the other websites that they are in for a big treat. Tommorow I will begin spreading my reign, but digress, I will not leave you, because you provide me with such comfort. I think you people should put little 申 boxes on your pages, because I own this website now."

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Quite strange...


(Oh, and first post, I love xkcd)


It'd have been more helpful if you'd copied and pasted the message. ~~~~

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Re: Mysterious message on Wikipedia from "The Zodiac"

Postby Day Tripper » Mon Jul 21, 2008 5:29 am UTC

mandate of heaven wrote:I saw the same thing today as well. I did take a pic of it, but someone else already has it on the internet, so I'll just link theirs. I was also looking at avatar related pages.


How bizarre - and there's no link in the Edit History to this, so we can translate it? Otherwise I hope someone here can read Japanese ... although I highly doubt it's anything more than someone with too much time on their hands. I guess we'll see tomorrow.
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Re: Mysterious message on Wikipedia from "The Zodiac"

Postby Mitora » Mon Jul 21, 2008 5:37 am UTC

Isnt that quote in his post the message?
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Re: Mysterious message on Wikipedia from "The Zodiac"

Postby Day Tripper » Mon Jul 21, 2008 5:42 am UTC

Mitora wrote:Isnt that quote in his post the message?


I don't know, it might be different since it has a different English message at the top. I didn't see the characters for Wikipedia anywhere, either, but that could just be an oversight or written in a different way.

Edit: D'oh, wrong quote. In hindsight, no idea.
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Re: Mysterious message on Wikipedia from "The Zodiac"

Postby lingomaniac88 » Mon Jul 21, 2008 6:13 am UTC

Day Tripper wrote:I hope someone here can read Japanese...

I saw on another forum that they're just random words.
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