Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Who Is Straka .com

A new website has appeared !

Amanda has let us know via email that she found a website called WhoIsStraka.com

When you visit the site all you see is what you can see in the image a styalised S. symbol.

However that is not all there is, there is a hidden link to a PGP public key (Click here) and if you look at the website source code there is an email address and at set of Eotvos wheel coordinates.

The email address says - "Please direct all inquiries to whoisstraka@gmail.com" but it also says please use secure communications protocols and encryption.

There is some encrypted text following this, but I have thus far been unable to decrypt it.

At the end of the website source code there is this set of coordinates - 35° 46.865', -5° 48.797 - this appears to point to Tangier in Morocco and on the wheel it gives us C G E U Z.

Amanda also mentions there is a related Tumblr account which was set up today and the first post was today.

The web address was also only registered today (the 19th !) so it is unclear whether this is something official or not, but any suggestions are more than welcome in the comments.

If you send a PGP encrypted message to our new friend please let us know.

20 comments:

  1. At the Tumblr site, clicking on the date doesn't change the page content, but the URL window changes to this:

    http://whoisstraka.tumblr.com/post/67489559206/stillalive

    Could those numbers be... something?

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    1. Not surprising, since the answer to the cipher contest was "Straka lives"

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  2. Good spot, I think the numbers are standard Tumblr blog id's but the StillAlive address is interesting.

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    1. Yes, the numbers refer to the unique post ID (generated by Tumblr) but the "stillalive" was deliberately added in the post's settings.

      Seems interesting as the PGP key also allegedly belongs to V M Straka...

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  3. 35° 46.865', -5° 48.797', you mean

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    1. Yep, sorry, cut and paste in a hurry.

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  4. Clicking on the PGP link causes a download window to open, for me. Even for S. I'm not downloading anything I'm not sure of... :-)

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    1. It's an .asc file to be used with PGP encryption programs. Even so, having investigated as much as I can, I doubt this is an "in-game" site, perhaps just a convincing fan-based one.

      Fiddling with the whoisstraka.com website led me to find another fellow who I doubt is related to the game. Admittedly there is the similarity of PGP reference, but other than that there's nothing I've discovered that I believe is officially related to S.

      I could be wrong though. Hoping to receive (or learn of someone else receiving) an email from whoistraka to learn for sure.

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  6. In fact it's the French Consulate in Tangier... Specific enough that it might even be a tree in the grounds... Anyone fancy a trip to Tangier?

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    1. I can just see one of us running through the grounds with a shovel digging holes.

      If anyone thinks about doing that, we didn't send you, and we can't send bail money !

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  7. Has anyone else noticed that the S graphic flashes? I've seen some text and some pictures, although the pictures flash too fast for me to make out any of it. The (incomplete) text I've seen so far is: "Seek shelter from the storm" "safety in numbers" and "6483 KHZ"

    I got so far as to find the webpage for the encryption software used (as mentioned in the downloadable pg key: http://www.gnupg.org/index.html but then my brain exploded a little on the left side and I had to take a break.

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    1. The second one reads "Safety in numbers won't keep you dry"

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    2. Hang on... it flashes? The "S" on whoisstraka.tumblr.com or whoisstraka.com?

      Also, check the source code. Something changed in the code and I haven't worked it out yet.

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    3. Thanks for the updates, I have created a new post for this new information.

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  8. I think the odds are that this site is not in-game, but I sent off an encrypted email anyway (and learned about PGP as a side benefit!). I'll report back if there is a response.

    I also googled 6483 kHz and there is a youtube video of a recording someone made a couple of months ago from this frequency. Due to the timing of that transmission and the timing of the website creation, I think it's possible the site owner just went looking for an odd 'numbers' station to use. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGJECpb4FYk&noredirect=1

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    1. There's something in the FNs of chapter 2 referring to frequency. Don't have time to check now but will soon as I can.

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    2. The frequency in Chapter 2 was 2710 Hz. to 2760 Hz

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