The U.S. Defence Department's new U.S. Cyber Command has embedded a 32-character string of secret code on its logo, making bloggers and techies eager to decipher the veiled message.
The new military command was launched in late May to help centralize Defence Department efforts to protect its computer networks, which is under constant threat from attackers.
The command was created to frustrate everyone from run-of-the-mill hackers to foreign governments looking to steal sensitive information or crash critical, life-sustaining computer systems.
A Cyber Command spokesman, Lt.-Cmdr. Steve Curry, said Thursday that including 32 letters and numbers in the organization's official seal was the idea of a female contractor who designed the logo.
Otherwise, the command's symbol looks like a lot of other government and military seals, depicting an American eagle, stars and the globe.
Wired.com's Danger Room last week offered a T-shirt or ticket to the International Spy Museum to the first person to crack the code, which is 9ec4c12949a4f31474f299058ce2b22a.
Curry said the characters are the command's bureaucratic mission statement: "USCYBERCOM plans, co-ordinates, integrates, synchronizes and conducts activities to: direct the operations and defence of specified Department of Defence 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."