Secret Code in U.S. CyberCom Logo

Take a look at the image below. It's the logo of the newly-formed United States Cyber Command which is headquartered at Fort Meade, Maryland. There's something more to it than its patriotic design - the secret code in its inner gold ring that reads: 9ec4c12949a4f31474f299058ce2b22a.

US CyberCom Logo

Yahoo blogger John Cook reported that some people noticed the code in late June but it was only on Wednesday morning that Wired's Threat Level blog picked it up and announced a contest. The first reader who can crack the code wins a T-shirt (or a ticket to the International Spy Museum).

We're sharing this to our readers in the Philippines hoping that that 'decoder' would be a Pinoy! Contest organizer says you can email your answer to

The text "9ec4c12949a4f31474f299058ce2b22a" located in the command's emblem, is the MD5 hash of the mission statement:
USCYBERCOM plans, coordinates, integrates, synchronizes and conducts activities to: direct the operations and defense of specified Department of Defense information networks and; prepare to, and when directed, conduct full spectrum military cyberspace operations in order to enable actions in all domains, ensure US/Allied freedom of action in cyberspace and deny the same to our adversaries."
To win the contest, you'll have to read between the lines.