Holiday Season Technopuzzle Fun from Sophos
Three successful puzzlers will each win a Lego Mindstorm. (Yes. Journos are allowed to enter.)
Start by solving this simple 24-character code:
All you need to do is to figure out how to transform this code into a URL. Then follow your nose to the next stage.
Stage Two is a bit tougher. It doesn't require cipher-cracking skills (though they might come in handy). Instead, a bit of lateral thinking should get you to the solution.
Watch out for the hashtag #sophospuzzle on Twitter, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for hints.
More info at Sophos's Naked Security website:
Paul Ducklin is available for comment (and to give hints):