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North Korea’s Broadcasting Strange Codes on the Radio and Nobody Knows Why

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North Korea’s Broadcasting Strange Codes on the Radio and Nobody Knows Why

Lately some strange radio broadcasts have been coming from North Korea, according to the South Korean government. Number 35 on page 459... Number 55 on page 913... The strange page numbers were heard over the airwaves for just a couple of minutes on June 24th and for nearly 15 minutes on July 15th. But what do they mean? According to Associated Press, there are essentially three options. The first is that they’re what the North Korean government says they are: “review assignments in physics” or “practice assignments in mathematic lessons” for North Korean students studying out of the country. Read...

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The Stupidly Simple Spy Messages No Computer Could Decode

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The Stupidly Simple Spy Messages No Computer Could Decode

When I was 10 years old, I found a shortwave radio in a crumbling old leather trunk where we kept family photos and other memorabilia. As I spun the dial, tinny, modulating noises, like the song of an electronic slide whistle, emanated from the radio’s small speaker. Staticky cracks and pops competed for airtime. The sounds swished and swirled, unintelligible and unremarkable. But then, emerging through the clamor, was a voice. I might have run right over it with the dial, but the voice’s rhythmic, steady pacing caught me up short. It wasn’t a deejay. Nor a commercial. And he...

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