This puzzle is the second part of story Ohh, NSA again?. Hope like this story. Here it is:

John got the target, it was Stack. Problem is, it can be Stack Overflow or Stack Exchange.

Another problem is that it doesn't concern NSA. Anyway, next day no attacks were detected on Stack Overflow or Stack Exchange.

Well, after that, John discovered that something strange was happening with NSA system.
This puzzle had multiple variants to solve.

Is the NSA being hacked? If so, how? And why Stack Overflow wasn't attacked?

NSA technicians used flash drives to scan Stack Overflow's servers. On their flash drives they had many tools that were very helpful at scanning. There were also newby's in that team.

Guys in that terrorist cell were joking about how strong the software is they(when they talked about target) used.

After some time John recaptured the terrorist and terrorist's phone was blocked. NSA technicians are trying to decrypt phone data.

  • $\begingroup$ Is the wording part of the puzzle? ("John recaptured terrorist..." rather than "John recaptured the terrorist") $\endgroup$ Dec 27, 2020 at 18:55
  • $\begingroup$ @LioElbammalf there is no steganography tag, so no. $\endgroup$
    – Jenia
    Dec 29, 2020 at 6:18
  • $\begingroup$ 'No attacks were detected' $\endgroup$ Dec 29, 2020 at 7:12

1 Answer 1


Let me guess:

Stack Overflow people are the terrorists or are at least convening with them. When the inexperienced people were scanning overflow's servers some of their passwords got leaked that were contained in those flash drives, the stack overflow team somehow were able to hack them in the process.

The orginal terrorist ploy was a scam organised to make NSA think that Stack Overflow were under attack and that was why the phone data was easier to decrypt before hand as opposed to this time: they wanted the NSA to dycrpt the phone information last time so they will scan Stack Overflow's servers.

  • $\begingroup$ That's very interesting answer! $\endgroup$
    – Jenia
    Dec 29, 2020 at 11:21

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