They announced the fact that they had retrieved 21 scanner activation codes (invites for Ingress).
These seem to be spread across 21 puzzles each puzzle answer being the invite itself and at the same time the way to find the next puzzle. These puzzles were announced in the form of 2 new storyboards. These seem to lead into 2 chains of puzzles.
We are Verum Inveniri.
We have been following your work with considerable interest, and we would like your help with the distribution of certain assets that we have acquired. To test the reliability of this distribution channel, we have concealed 21 scanner activation codes for you to share. The first two codes can be found in the attached storyboards.
Follow the two trails down the rabbit hole. Every answer brings its reward, yet every answer poses another question.
All the solutions found for this dive are from this document which was made by the players while solving the puzzles in the VerumInveniri IRC room (now preserved for posterity) . Credits are given when names were present.
2f4e45 573839 4e424e 2e6874 6d6c20
Translating this to ASCII we obtain /NEW89NBN.html.
This is both a invite (NEW89NBN) and the link to the next puzzle (using the hint given by the text on the left - /pac/accessdive/00/01 ) - http://commondatastorage.googleapis.com/pac/accessdive/00/01/NEW89NBN.html
Taking each number and getting the modulo of the first number gives a binary string:
376355546 % 75069089 = 1010101
526484624 % 75069089 = 1001001
751690991 % 75069089 = 1000101
151139279 % 75069089 = 1001101
301276466 % 75069089 = 1000110
826760089 % 75069089 = 1000110
451414545 % 75069089 = 1000011
226207378 % 75069089 = 1000111
Translating this binary to ASCII we get another invite and the next puzzle - UIEMFFCG
In the audio we hear a german voice saying “We have to call him immediately” followed by the sound of a phone number being called.
version with noise
version with noise
Checking the spectrogram of the 2 audios we can obtain this
Combining both we can get this
this is a representation of a Pigpen Cipher
Each edge corresponds to which of the four images to look at. The dot signifies the second image. So we can obtain a new invite and the next puzzle - 7H6YWFBK
; NIA OPS CONFIDENTIAL TIER 1
; XM INVERSION TEST REV 255
urb_init: ldi r140, 0x9a lds r137, PORTD_DIRSET xor r154, r145 sts PORTD_DIRSET, r134 xor r153, r139 xor r136, r144 cli rjmp urb_delay
And in the other
urb_loop: lds r142, PORTD_OUTTGL xor r139, r136 sts PORTD_OUTTGL, r144 rjmp urb_delay urb_delay: ldi r135, 0x8b ldi r151, 0x8d sbiw r154, 0x9a brne -.143 rjmp urb_loop
The “XM INVERSION TEST REV 255”and the xor instructions are hints for a bit flip
So 140, 0x9a, 137, 154, 145, 134, 153, 139, 136, 144 are sevenyftwo
and 142, 139, 136, 144, 135, 0x8b, 151, 0x8d, 154, 0x9a, 143 are qtwoxthreep
Putting all together we get 7yf2droneq2x3p
This post was given at the time as a clue G+
This is encripted using a Hamming code
Blocks of 11-bits (= → 0, * → 1), cleanly divide the puzzle into 19 blocks; applying a Hamming(11, 7) to each block interpreted as little-endian (so reversing the bit order) and then bit reversing (BE → LE back) each block we get:
1100100 1101001 1110110 1100101 0101011 0111010 0110000 0101011 0110001 0110000 0101011 1011000 1011010 0110100 1001011 1010000 1000001 1000111 0111001
bin → hex: 64 69 76 65 2b 3a 30 2b 31 30 2b 58 5a 34 4b 50 41 47 39
Hex to Ascii
Credit goes to Amer
The rest of this solution requires the last puzzle in the other chain
Credit go to CrabbyData and Bakuman
musical note MIDI code using this: http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/jw/notes.html
74 52 71 51 66 54 86 66 which in a decimal ASCII conversion gets us:
The deck hints to a Pontifex Cypher (It is printed in the box)
After decrypting ciphertext of “YPEJO ZLPHR ZMKAP LVUMA IHXDS FOXMH PPGHC JKEMQ AVSTJ” (second image) with key phrase “DEALTWITHBYDISCRETEMACHINERY” (quote from Alan Turing hinted in the first image) you get
“8 CHARACTER ACTIVATION CODE YDFJ3PK9”
Credit goes to adini and bubwit among others