WASHINGTON (AFP) – 9ec4c12949a4f31474f299058ce2b22a. That's not garble, it's the coded message inscribed in the logo of the newly created US Cyber Command.


Technology magazine Wired this week asked readers to help crack the code on the logo, which also features a picture of a globe and a bald eagle perched on a shield emblazoned with crossed swords, a lightning bolt and a key.

By Thursday, the comments page on Wired had attracted hundreds of submissions on the meaning of the string of numbers and letters.

Many said it was US Cyber Command's paragraph-long mission statement encrypted in MD5 hash code.

Other readers had more tongue-in-check suggestions.

"It's the pass phrase for their Wi-Fi network at HQ," wrote "kmadams85."

US Cyber Command is responsible for the protection of military computer networks and is commanded by General Keith Alexander, who also heads the National Security Agency, the super secret US surveillance agency.

Wired said the command will, eventually, reveal the code's meaning.