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A case of mistaken identity

Friday, July 9, 2010
Jul 09

Posted by Jemele Hill

Apparently while I'm covering the World Cup in South Africa, I am also doubling as a computer whiz who is capable of breaking complicated military codes.

Sometime last night, readers began e-mailing me this story from, asking if I was the same Jemele Hill who was able to crack the code involving the United States military's new Cyber Command, which is some kind of elaborate government security team of Jack Bauer-esque proportions.

I've heard of cases of mistaken identity before, but I never thought it would happen to me. I can barely remember my own computer passwords, and I thought I was the kid from "War Games" when I finally figured out how to download video from my flip-cam -- it only took me an hour.

So in the interest of national security, I'm setting the record straight: I am not the person who figured out Cyber Command's logo translated into 32 digits that were the unit's mission statement. I have no idea what that means, by the way.

Considering that I'm leaving South Africa in four days, I just hope this case of mistaken identity doesn't cause me any travel issues. If all of a sudden my credit cards don't work and I hear a strange clicking on my phone, I'm calling Ralph Nader.

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