Navy Recruiting Command Cryptology & Technology Facebook Page Launches New Challenge

Story Number: NNS150205-12Release Date: 2/5/2015 12:10:00 PM
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From Navy Recruiting Command Public Affairs Office

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- After the success of Project Architeuthis, the cryptology game that engaged fans in problem solving challenges, the Navy Recruiting Command Cryptology & Technology Facebook page is launching the sequel: Operation Sleeper Shark.

The game will once again challenge followers on the social media site with puzzles to help stop a fictitious opposition group.

The game is designed to increase social media traffic and raise awareness of the tasks U.S. Navy cryptologists perform on a daily basis.

According to Capt. Dave Bouve, Navy director of marketing and advertising, "Building on the success of Project Architeuthis, we are looking forward to once again engaging an online community of bright, problem-solving people -- men and women who are smart, creative, and enjoy being intellectually challenged."

A Navy insider of the group, Abyssal Plains Research Group (APRG), who is almost certainly hatching another plot against the U.S. and the world, will use a device to transmit their codes, ciphers and puzzles through Facebook and Twitter. Until now the group has been hard to track. But a flaw in their detection system means that the insider can sneak transmissions to social media without being traced.

These transmissions will rely on the public to solve the clues and figure out APRG's plans in order to thwart their efforts.

The storyline will publicly play out through one challenging puzzle each day on the U.S. Navy's social media sites. Throughout the course of the game, players will be introduced to a cast of fictitious characters with fictitious social media footprints and backgrounds. These characters will add depth and texture to the game's story and provide hints to puzzles that prove to be too difficult. When the final clue is presented to the community on the last day, an email address will also be provided. The first 10 people to provide the correct solution to the puzzle will be deemed winners of Operation Sleeper Shark.

While many of the puzzles are designed to be completed alone, some will require help from the rest of the community to complete. Only the smartest participants will have the ability to finish the game unassisted. In addition to completing the challenges on their own, individuals who are interested in these kinds of puzzles will get to connect with others participating in the game.

Bouve added, "Operation Sleeper Shark may only be a game, but the same sort of problem solving rigor is used by Navy cryptologists every day to help meet the Navy's missions all over the world."

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