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## 121 ghettohackers: Throwback ##

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**Files provided**

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**Description**

The text file contained:

> Anyo!e!howouldsacrificepo!icyforexecu!!onspeedthink!securityisacomm!ditytop!urintoasy!tem!

**Solution**

Naturally my first instinct was to fill in the missing letters. So, filling in the blanks, we get:

> Anyone who would sacrifice policy for execution speed thinks security is a commodity to pour in to a system!

The letters we filled in were nwltisoos. This doesn't really look like anything and it was not the flag. The description and the title of the challenge hinted at DEF CON CTFs from a long time ago. I assume this sort of challenge was indeed part of an old CTF, but I couldn't find it. Searching for the quote itself was not successful either, there was no exact match for this sentence.

In my text editor the text was laid out like this:

Anyo!e!howouldsacrificepo!icyforexecu!!onspeedthink!securityisacomm!ditytop!urintoasy!tem!
n w l ti s o o s .

So I focused on the blanks between the filled-in letters. Counting the number of spaces between each blank (and the beginning):

4-1-18-11-0-12-15-7-9-3

And, substituting 1 for A, 2 for B, etc, and 0 for a space, that gives us the flag, dark logic.