Magic words online are relayed.
A puzzled code,
A game to play.
Thanks to you, the ‘RSA’.
A challenge of a million years.
This ciphertext twist,
we have no fears.
Joined online, we can’t resist!
Chipsets hum, and heat sinks aglow.
A test in the works,
just how far this will go?
Solving this shows how much you know.
I’ve got it solved!
Printouts pinned on my fridge.
The hidden code is,
“SQUEAMISH OSSIFRAGE” !
Decades now past, this story unfolds.
This early days moment is yet untold.
Won more than a reward of a hundred bucks.
Our digital world has since evolved, and ever so much.
~ an EWK Poe’em ©2016
word toss = “Squeamish Ossifrage”
(‘word toss’ challenge provided by & inspired by Karl J. Smith)
“Squeamish Ossifrage” was the answer to be solved in ciphertext code as published publicly in a technology magazine in 1977 by an information security corporation known as RSA.
The code puzzle was considered to be so challenging that it might have taken a million years to decode at that time. It was not until 1994 that it was solved collectively by the efforts of a large team of online technology hobbyists within a span of 6 months.