01 Apr '11, 3pm

Any world-class code breakers out there? You could help FBI solve a crime

LONDON - The FBI is appealing to amateur code-breakers for help to solve a 12-year-old murder in the United States after experts have been confounded by encrypted notes found with the body. The body of Mr Ricky McCormick, 41, was dumped in a field in St Louis, Missouri, in June 1999. Sheriff's officers discovered the two encrypted notes (picture) in his trouser pockets. The FBI says the notes are the "only clues" to the killing but that its specialist Cryptanalysis and Racketeering Records Unit (CCRU) has been unable to decipher the contents over the years. "We are really good at what we do but we could use some help with this one," said Mr Dan Olson, head of CCRU. "Standard routes of cryptanalysis seem to have hit brick walls," he added. The notes contain more than 30 lines of encrypted text, a seemingly random mixture of letters, numbers, hyphens and parentheses. The FBI...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC110401-0000049/A-murd...

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