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Ghost in the Wires Chapter Codes – No Answers!

On my Christmas list this year was a book called Ghost in the Wires, a book about the life of Kevin Mitnick, most wanted ex-hacker in United States history.  Having just finished the book, I can safely say it is definitely worth the read.  The book was written by Mitnick himself along with William L. Simon, and so is basically an autobiography that really seems to tell the whole story.

Kevin Mitnick: Ghost in the Wires

Now, I’m no book critic, so I won’t go about taking the jobs of those who are, and will instead resort to posting a few links.  I would only go so far as to say that this book is not just for computer experts and is also available as an audiobook for those who prefer to listen to their printed material.

Here is a Wired article with an excerpt of the book.

Here’s another article with a brief interview of Mitnick.

To finish our set of links up, here’s a nice review by the New York Times.

This book has something neat at the beginning of each chapter that I only noticed about halfway through (I guess I don’t pay much attention to chapter headings).  Each chapter has a mysteeerious code that one can only assume is meant to be cracked.  This being easier to do on a computer, I looked around online for a list of the codes, but couldn’t find a list of them without the answers (it’s no fun when you cheat!).  I resorted to typing them out, so I can’t guarantee the complete accuracy of the codes, but we can collectively hope for the best.  Lemme know if you find something off.

Here are the first 10 codes.  I put the whole set (all 38 of them) in a text file in my dropbox , accessible here.  I find these vaguely reminiscent of the level codes in older video games that would let you skip to a certain level if your character should perish in the midst of a difficult skirmish.

Yjcv ku vjg pcog qh vjg uauvgo wugf da jco qrgtcvqtu vq ocmg htgg rjqpg ecnnu?

Wbth lal voe htat oy voe wxbirtn vfzbqt wagye C poh aeovsn vojgav?

Nyrk grjjnfiu Z xzmv kf jvk lg re rttflek fe Kyv Rib?

Flle ujw esc wexp mo xsp k jr hsm hiwwcm, “Wplpll stq lec qma e wzerg mzkk!”?

Bmfy ytbs ini N mnij tzy ns zsynq ymi Ozajsnqj Htzwy qtxy ozwnxinhynts tajw rj?

Kyoo olxi rzr Niyovo Cohjpcx ojy dn T apopsy?

Kvoh wg hvs boas ct hvs Doqwtwq Pszz sadzcmss kvc fsor hvs wbhsfboz asac opcih am voqywbu oqhwjwhwsg cjsf hvs voa forwc?

Iwh xwqv wpvpj fwr Vfvyj qks wf nzc ncgsoo esg psd gws ntoqujvr ejs rypz nzfs?

Hsle td esp epcx qzc dzqehlcp mfcypo zy esp nsta esle Yzglepw dpye xp?

Bprf cup esanqneu xmm gtknv amme U biiwy krxheu Iwqt Taied?

Just in case you missed it above, COMPLETE SET OF CODES.  Thank you.

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  1. paul
    January 7th, 2013 at 16:12 | #1

    Also got this for christmas.

    I’ve worked out 1 is rot-7

    Second is again rot this time 11

    Third one is also rot -3 then reversed.

    Ive just started reading chapter 4, think im having more fun decrypting the code after each chapter than actually reading the book. Its certainly making the book last longer than they usually take.

    I’ll also be a bit disappointed if they all rurn out to be rot (ceasar) ciphered

  2. kristen
    March 1st, 2013 at 11:17 | #2

    In the first chapter the eigth word is wugf not wugh.

    • Elflord
      August 24th, 2013 at 21:47 | #3

      Wow, nice catch, consider it corrected!

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