# Hard Mode Secret Code Puzzle

So the other day I recieved a strange email (Antivirus cleared it as being safe) but all it contained was this image. Can anyone tell me what it says?

• It could be something similar to the pigpen cipher. – flawr Jul 5 '16 at 10:39
• Check ASCII codes. – Tahir Imanov Jul 5 '16 at 13:03
• Can it be assumed that the puzzle is solveable from a printed version of the image above alone? (Asking, because if you have received this per email it could theoretically be encoded in the digital file as well. ) – BmyGuest Jul 5 '16 at 21:14
• @flawr maybe it's more like an obfuscated morse code ? – Xoff Jul 6 '16 at 11:55
• @Xoff I thought about that before, but then how do you interpret the circle with the dot in it? Is the circle considered one dash? Then how is it different from the slash and dot? – Axle Jul 6 '16 at 13:18

If you attribute an unique letter for each of the symbol following this pattern :

• A = inverted alpha
• B = circle
• C = seven
• D = slash
• E = backslash
• F = triangle
• G = inverted seven
• H = inverted gamma
• I = percent (slash with 2 points)

You get this message :

ABCCCDBDDBECDBIDBF
GHDBGABDDBIIEABDGCHDBG

If you count the dots on each symbol you get :

311111111111112111
311131311
31321123131111112
1011131111221311110111

If you count the lines on each symbol you get :

312221111112111113
311132311
31311113131112111
2311231111111311223112

Maybe it says:

Message sent without delay. Target:-Patriot- Inbound

Because:

The alt-text of the image is Log=Decrypt\"Message sent without delay. Target:-Patriot- Inbound"

Note that this assumes that the image itself is a red herring, which seems weird, but possible.