This question is continuation of this one. You might want to read that if you haven't already.
'That's it' I thought. 'B3TA_Z3R0' should be the thief's code-name. Typing that in the 4th monitor's input, took me seconds. But what came after was surprising. A message. Apparently being typed while I stared at the screen, afraid of what was coming next.
'Nice! I thought an easy test was the best way to tell me whom I am dealing with.'
Great. This message was no more than 'Good! But not good'. The next message told me I wasn't getting outta here soon.
'Another test is all I need to see if you are really (anywhere near) my caliber. Oh, and my name isn't B3TA_Z3R0.'
The screen went blank. Then the other too. One by one. Only two lit up again. One with a picture of text (transcribed in the first blockquote) and some text transcribed in the second).
Leet originated within bulletin board systems (BBS) in the 1980s, where having "elite" status on a BBS a user access to file folders, games, and special chat rooms. The Cult of the Dead Cow hacker collective has been credited with the original coining of the term, in their text-files of that era. One theo y is that it was developed to defeat text filters created by BBS or Internet Relay Chat system operators for message boards to discourage the discussion of forbidden topics, like cracking and hacking. Creative misspellings and ASCII-art-derived words were also a way to attempt to indicate one was knowledgeable about the culture of computer users.
Once the reserve of hackers, crackers, and script kiddies, leet has since entered the mainstream. It is now also used to m ck newbies, also known colloquially as noobs, or newcomers, on web sites, or in gaming communities. Some consider emoticons and ASCII art, like smiley faces, to be leet, while others maintain that leet consists of only symbolic word encryp ion. More obscure forms of leet, involving the use of symbol combinations and almost no letters or numbers, continue to be used for its original purpose of encrypted communication. It is also sometimes used as a script language.
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The other however, was waiting for my input. A puzzle. Again. Groan. Will I ever be able to solve the puzzle? Or will this room be where I rot?