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(NW Florida Daily News)   Fourteen-year-old boy arrested after FBI cryptologists decipher coded letter, saying it reveals detailed plans to attack school (with letter)   (nwfdailynews.com) divider line
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2008-02-08 12:06:27 AM  
DONTFORGETTODRINKYOUROVALINE
 
2008-02-08 12:17:08 AM  
strangeguitar: DONTFORGETTODRINKYOUROVALINE

don't forget to dot your "i"'s and include your "t"'s
 
2008-02-08 12:18:51 AM  
Not only will he attack the school, he'll get help from a Goa'uld mothership.
 
2008-02-08 12:20:59 AM  
But Guilford also found a journal containing a list of names, written in plain English, of students the teen planned to harm.

Gates also had passed a "contract" around to other students and told them to sign it so he would spare their lives when he began killing.


good thing they decoded that letter or nobody would've known what was up.
 
2008-02-08 12:21:42 AM  
He should have written it in lemon juice. No one can figure out how to decipher that.
 
2008-02-08 12:33:20 AM  
Or he could have written it backwards, using a mirror.
 
2008-02-08 12:33:44 AM  
I think he's been reading too much Artemis Fowl.
 
2008-02-08 12:34:34 AM  
Well I feel safe now. I guess I can finally get some sleep.
 
2008-02-08 12:38:32 AM  
Must be a big letter.
 
2008-02-08 12:39:51 AM  
Looks like basic letter substitution. It's just a freaking cryptogram, like they print in newspapers beside the crossword puzzle.

Guy can't be very bright if he thought his "code" would stand up to much scrutiny
 
2008-02-08 12:40:16 AM  
Was the kid's code simple substitution, or did he employ a logarithmic extension?
 
2008-02-08 12:47:59 AM  
JPJ007: Guy can't be very bright if he thought his "code" would stand up to much scrutiny

He's 14.
 
2008-02-08 12:58:06 AM  
Phil McKraken: He's 14.

I was smart enough at 14 to realize that a puzzle found in newspapers is not the secret to security.
 
2008-02-08 12:58:56 AM  
it takes 13 posts to get to "that's some fine policework there, lou"?
 
2008-02-08 01:05:09 AM  
That's some nice police work, boys.

Now get back to work on this....

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2008-02-08 01:12:21 AM  
Bill_Wick's_Friend: Now get back to work on this....

Or this.

upload.wikimedia.orgView Full Size
 
2008-02-08 01:23:29 AM  
Freshman Dakota Gates, 14, is alleged to have written a coded note with detailed plans for an attack on the school. However, investigators have not yet turned up any weapons or other evidence the teen actually intended to carry out the threats, according to Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen.

Freshman Dakota Gates, AKA Little Richie Jewell..........
 
2008-02-08 03:44:56 AM  
Looks like the Florida tag has been busy today..

/Wait.. Its busy every day.
 
2008-02-08 03:45:57 AM  
Subby, don't you mean "with LETTER?"

/why in all caps, Daily News? is it a CODE?
 
2008-02-08 03:46:57 AM  
This sort of thing needs to be taken seriously, but isn't this still bordering on thoughtcrime? Myself and my friends "planned" all sorts of things in high school, .01% of which we actually carried out. Were he found to have purchased a few tons of fertilizer, that's clear intent.

Sounds like those chuckleheads in South Florida who were nabbed by the FBI for talking shiat and being stupid.
 
2008-02-08 03:47:58 AM  
Bah, he should just hide his messages in the colour values of .gif files.
 
2008-02-08 03:48:30 AM  
TERRORIST
 
2008-02-08 03:48:39 AM  
Dumbass. My friends and I used to pass notes coded to the periodic table. (It was on the inside cover of the daily planner they gave out.) We had at least a couple confiscated and they never did figure out exactly whose house we were going to play hockey at after school.
 
2008-02-08 03:49:15 AM  
FTA: " "We obviously are taking this very seriously," McKeithen said. "In this day and time ... with all the violence, you cannot take a chance." "

Ah, thank goodness this was handled by someone from the correct decade, you know, the one with violence.
 
2008-02-08 03:50:22 AM  
Professor Lindenbrock would be slightly disappointed in the boy

/obscure? better not be
 
2008-02-08 03:51:03 AM  
"We obviously are taking this very seriously," McKeithen said. "In this day and time ... with all the violence, you cannot take a chance."

America is one big festering pussy with a yeast infection.
 
2008-02-08 03:54:19 AM  
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Can the FBI figure out these goddamn things?
 
2008-02-08 03:56:07 AM  
Dumski: Can the FBI figure out these goddamn things?

lol
 
2008-02-08 03:56:25 AM  
JAFFA KREE!
 
2008-02-08 04:02:18 AM  
amateur. He should have used THIS:

unfiction.com
 
2008-02-08 04:04:20 AM  
ETOINSHRDLU
 
2008-02-08 04:05:44 AM  
Dallymo: I think he's been reading too much Artemis Fowl.

I came here to say the same thing. I wonder why no one noticed the simularity in the decoding lab.
 
2008-02-08 04:11:10 AM  
Occam's Chainsaw: This sort of thing needs to be taken seriously, but isn't this still bordering on thoughtcrime? Myself and my friends "planned" all sorts of things in high school, .01% of which we actually carried out. Were he found to have purchased a few tons of fertilizer, that's clear intent.

Sounds like those chuckleheads in South Florida who were nabbed by the FBI for talking shiat and being stupid.


Sorry, but after all the various school shootings kids have lost the right to make detailed plans about how they want to kill people. I sure as hell wouldn't want a weirdo like this going to school with my kid.
 
2008-02-08 04:11:17 AM  
Wait, can someone explain to me how you can arrest someone for "making threats" when those threats were in a coded message? If you can't understand the threats without the FBI cryptanalysis team, then I really don't think they count as death threats.

Hell, *ALL* letters can be death threats if "decoded" with the appropriate one-time-pad. Does that mean we're all guilty of making threats?
 
2008-02-08 04:11:53 AM  
FTA: "The kid's never been a troublemaker. He just marched to his own little beat."

You know who *else* marched to his own little beat?

/Yeah, I know, Godwi-lame....
 
2008-02-08 04:12:12 AM  
I probably should have guessed that, at his age, it's unlikely he'd have been using Futhark runes (as per the Ultima series) or ancient Eastern Greek or Phoenician alphabets.
 
2008-02-08 04:15:17 AM  
Man the codes I had in hs were the shiznit. Every 2nd and 3rd word alternating was a 1-9 incrementally increasing letter mishmash of gibberish. also had different symbols for capital letters and symbols for common words.
 
2008-02-08 04:17:41 AM  
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Version: GnuPG v1.4.7 (GNU/Linux)

jA0EAwMCgur4U5zVw0JgyTxpgWBbxhCLsYuxhF/dg3IqEpxq3qBZQed6eD2Miz1N
3HzPejHwKlxStNMBISFMbiFuxDpRLWU/EApmPCY=
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2008-02-08 04:17:45 AM  
Definitely not Runes.

Anybody have a "Artemis Fowl" to english dictionary?
 
2008-02-08 04:22:51 AM  
Dumski

926|817|534
713|465|298
458|392|671
-----------------
635|928|417
892|741|365
174|536|982
-----------------
589|674|123
267|153|849
341|289|756
 
2008-02-08 04:23:00 AM  
FBI still uses these:

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2008-02-08 04:30:44 AM  
dead link??
 
2008-02-08 04:36:49 AM  
With all of his coding wisdom, I find it hilarious that he signed his name in clearly legible English.
 
2008-02-08 04:38:06 AM  
Bill_Wick's_Friend: That's some nice police work, boys.

Now get back to work on this....


Came for Zodiac jokes, not disappointed.

(I'm half-watching Zodiac right now, so I'm really getting a kick out of these replies.)

/is he waiting for a good movie about him?
 
2008-02-08 04:42:17 AM  
ATTENTION: With all of his coding wisdom, I find it hilarious that he signed his name in clearly legible English.

Followed by "(AKA <symbol>)", no less.
 
2008-02-08 04:46:27 AM  
ral315: Dumski

926|817|534
713|465|298
458|392|671
-----------------
635|928|417
892|741|365
174|536|982
-----------------
589|674|123
267|153|849
341|289|756


J. Edgar in a dress... Give me a crossword any farking time.
 
2008-02-08 04:55:46 AM  
/I broke it with this.
//A drogans decoder wheel?
///They put these things into cereal boxes for kids.
////Yeah i found it in a box of lucky charmes!

//
/Suck it Ovaltine decoder ring
 
2008-02-08 05:03:22 AM  
Confabulat: He should have written it in lemon juice. No one can figure out how to decipher that.

Screw you. I own a candle.
 
2008-02-08 05:04:23 AM  
Delay: ETOINSHRDLU

GHOTI
 
2008-02-08 05:06:06 AM  
lajimi: Freshman Dakota Gates, AKA Little Richie Jewell..........

Am I missing something here? You do know RJ was cleared and they eventually found the real bomber, don't you? The guy saved lives yet his name is still soiled since the FBI thought it was relevant we know he had some porn. Duh, who doesn't? If RJ had been cute and had the chiseled jaw of a firefighter, he never would've been screwed over in the first place.
 
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