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Companies: Oceanic Airlines · The Maxwell Group · Austral Air
Locations: Sunda Trench · Black Rock

Message from Sean Dowling

Sean Dowling from Oceanic Airlines left a voice message for Sam:

Yeah Sam, it's Sean Dowling here, Oceanic Air Employee Relations. I've got a bit of bad news, um as a result of your dismissal, your loyalty flyer points with Oceanic have been revoked in line with company policy. I'll confirm this in a letter, but I wanted to let you know straight away just in case you thought you could still use them. Give us a call if you've got any questions.

Sam's desktop - web browser

03website searchMaxwell

The page

There is a website on Sam's browser called with the url He has searched for the term "Maxwell" and there were five results returned.


Maxwell GO Search term: Maxwell Results 5/5

1. Maxwell, Iowa Profiles housing, demographics, jobs and climate. Hospitals, schools, airports.

2. James Clerk Maxwell (13 June 1831 - 5 November 1879), pioneer of electromagnetism...

3. Maxwell Spanners For all you spanner needs...

4. Sir John Maxwell (1859-1929) British general during World War I...

5. Maxwell Field US air force base...

James Clerk Maxwell

The most interesting hit is a James Clerk Maxwell. The blurb next to his search result references magnetism. The wikipedia article on Maxwell mentions that he did much research on electromagnetism, some of which led from the creation of the Faraday Effect.

Sam's desktop - email

Sent items

Email from Sam to Tracey, subject: "Equipment Meltdown"


Wanted to get your opinion on something. I saw a strange thing tonight when I visited the Bridge - all the instrument panels were flickering and it looked like it was in meltdown. Every instrument seemed to be malfunctioning. Then all of a sudden it just stopped and everything went back to normal.

Freaky, huh?

What do you think could have caused it?



Email from Tracey to Sam, subject: "Equipment Meltdown"


These sorts of things are not uncommon. It was probably just caused by lightning or a temporary failure inside the electrical system. Sometimes electromagnetic energy can also cause it but that's unusual - it has to be a very strong wave.

You sure you're ok? It sounds like you need a holiday. Make sure you take some time off as soon as you can. I used these guys when I went to Denpasar last year - they're tops!


Bali site real

The page

Visiting the URL that Tracey mentions in her email leads to a webpage appearing to be that of a travel agency, but is simply an image with no navigational functionality hosted on the servers. The webpage displays an email address for information, Sending an email to this address results in an auto-reply message from a "Mr Ole" which contains scrambled text.

The automated reply divided into three sections:


The dinosaur picture found on

Hidden in the encoded text are nine sections of a web address contained between symbols ¿ and \. Putting these together reveals the full address, which contains a picture of a life-size replica of a stegosaurus, a dinosaur from the Late Jurassic period.

  • "Amuses Mr Ole" can be rearranged into "Samuel Morse" which proved to be a clue referring to Morse code.

Hidden Morse code


Hidden Morse Code‎

There is actually Morse Code hidden within the voice message Sean Dowling left for Sam. Decoding it gives OPENSTEGO which is an open source steganography software. Opening the stegosaurus picture and trying to decode it results in a popup asking for a password.

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