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Telegram issues $200,000 in Bitcoins challenge to crack code

Posted on December 20, 2013
Telegram issues $200,000 in Bitcoins challenge to crack code

Anyone able to crack the encryption code of Telegram’s message text wins a handsome award, but it needs to be by Telegram’s rules. To win the money, you need to decipher the message, find the secret email address, and send an email to it. But wait. We will let the two founders of Telegram say what they are up to in this contest:

“Starting today, each day Paul (+79112317383) will be sending a message containing a secret email address to Nick (+79218944725). In order to prove that Telegram crypto was indeed deciphered and claim your prize, send an email to the secret email address from Paul’s message. Your email must contain:- The entire text of the message that contained the secret email.- Your Bitcoin address to receive the $200,000 in BTC.- A detailed explanation of the attack. Encrypted Telegram traffic from and to Paul’s account is publicly available for download from this page. You can send Telegram messages to Paul and view his traffic in real time.”

The two crypto-contest forces are Telegram founders Pavel and Nikolai Durov. To prove that the competition is run fairly, they intend to publish the participating keys necessary to decrypt the traffic as soon as a winner is announced. In case there is no winner by March 1, encryption keys will be published at that date.

Read more at: Phys.org

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