disturbing news... 0 has died... we are on our own... be certain yours are safe... we must cease communications... there are four factions... who have survived... gutian... amorite... sumerian... hammurabi... two have active agents working against us... the other two are forming an aliance... please confirm safety... avoid contact... destroy your computer when you read this... I will begin the long silent option...
The link is supposedly pointing to a post made by pokerstat123, a member who registered at ATS today, and was banned.
"two have active agents working against us... the other two are forming an aliance... " Hmmmm. Who do we need to look out for?
I collected a lot of the clues and solutions during FTR.
Here's how I arrived at that key:
The decimal ASCII values for the letters in the key are summed, and the result is added to the ASCII values for each character. What results is a 3-digit number for each character. Through frequency analysis, it is possible to determine the code for one character. Then, the key sum may be determined. I just found a couple characters which gave that sum, and used those as the key to decrypt this at the above site.
I actually have a program I wrote in C (yes, I was very seriously into this) that lets you just put in the "key sum" (I think it does frequency analysis too), but I figured out some characters that added to that so people could use the online tool.
(I'm amazed that site is still up... probably won't be for much longer... I graduated nearly a year ago)
Unfortunately, the original site was written with heavy use of the Zope (http://www.zope.org/) web sever/database/scripting language, which I don't have access to anywhere else, so I had to make a static copy of it. Not like I'm expecting to add any more clues or anything.