Sombra ARG: Lumerico Website
A Lumerico website was discovered in the latest Sombra ARG update after Blizzard deployed Overwatch Patch v126.96.36.199.32448 (earlier today: Oct-19) which revealed a new clue.
If you remember, on Tue Oct 18, 2016, after the AMomentInCrime.com website’s countdown reached 100% there was a message in spanish saying: “Bastion E-54 unidad comprometida” which translates into “Bastion E-54 unit compromised” — but the proper meaning is “hacked.”
Lo and behold, Bastion got hacked for a few hours. Basically, for a short period of time (early morning hours of Wed Oct 19th) the new Overwatch patch played an audio file with awkward beeps coming from Bastion when he came close to the monitor that displays the “Protocolo Sombra v2.3” message in El Dorado. The beeping was identified to be morse code: SQOFJFBNITIZWGDXSDO
Curiously, some people claim that Blizzard removed the audio file shortly after people deciphered the morse code. Thus, this can’t be reproduced anymore. This video shows how those beeps sounded like:
The Morse code was unlocked through Vigenere cipher by Discord user Crab using the previous password hint (discovered on Aug 24, 2016): SOMBr@1NF:rM@7iON1SP0vvErrSOMBr@
The Morse code data resulted into this string: ACCESSWWWLUMERICOMX
Want to do it yourself? Go to http://www.dcode.fr/vigenere-cipher
Copy-Paste this into the VIGENERE CYPHERED TEXT field: SQOFJFBNITIZWGDXSDO
Copy-Paste this into the KNOWING THE KEY field: SOMBr@1NF:rM@7iON1SP0vvErrSOMBr@
Going to the website www.lumerico.mx you can see the following webpage:
LumériCo is a truly resilient web and energy company which works hard to enlighten the path for all of México.
Clicking through the navigation options you get to read more details about LumériCo. This is what is shown when you click LA COMPANIA (THE COMPANY):
LumériCo was founded with a mission, to provide México with a modern web infrastructure through clean energy and internet access for the whole country at an affordable price. We provide our services to communities countrywide and we are committed to ensure the connection to all people. We work everyday to bring our national network to additional areas of the country.
About Guillermo Portero
Guillermo Portero, a hero who directed the company during the Omnic Crisis, was voted president of México shortly before the end of the crisis, and he committed himself into rebuilding the heavily damaged infrastructure of the country. After his presidence, Portero founded LumériCo to continue the work he started during the leadership of his country. Under his term, LumériCo has continued its progress toward his goal to build a more modern and successful México.
This is what appears when you click “NOTICIAS” (NEWS):
2 days ago
We have received reports about ominic customers suffering little service interruptions, including the possible transmission of an awkward sound. We don’t have further info to report at this time, but we continue investigating the cause of this matter.
THE EL DORADO PLANT WILL LAUNCH SERVICES ON NOVEMBER 1st
5 days ago
With the conclusion of inspections and final security approvals, November 1st has been determined as the launch date of the LumériCo nuclear plant. All residents of El Dorado and nearby zones (see service map for further details) will be automatically transferred to the new system with the fees previously announced. To commemorate this moment, LumériCo will host an event the same day with the presence of president Guillermo Portero. More details will be revealed soon. Welcome to LumériCo News! Now you can read more relevant news about LumériCo at this website!
The next clue in the Sombra ARG is revealed when you actually take your phone (or alternatively via Skype phone) and call the phone number at the bottom-right of the LumériCO website: (510) 766-2726
**This is a California Area Code (510).
As heard in my video below, a recording plays in spanish saying these numbers: 5-2-4-1-3 (pause) 23-4-14-8-6-18-17-23-21-18-15
The second string of numbers is turned into alphabet letters (i.e. 23=W) resulting into these letters: WDNHFRQWURO
Using ROT cipher that string of letters is revealed to say: TAKECONTROL
NOTE: Go to this ROT decoder website: http://theblob.org/rot.cgi
Copy/paste the text in their decoder field: WDNHFRQWURO
ROT-23 reveals: TAKECONTROL (and it is no coincidence that Blizzard used “23” to reveal the correct answer. Sombra will be the 23rd hero to be added to Overwatch).
“TAKECONTROL” was cleverly added to the Lumérico website’s URL path to uncover the next part of the Sombra ARG:
Going to that URL displays the following text with the unmistakable image of Sombra (truncated to prevent our page from breaking):
That string of text was then decoded with a Transposition Cipher using the first part of the Phone call message as the key: 5-2-4-1-3
The resulting message in spanish reveals:
He empezado a mejorar mis protocolos para que sean usados para derrumbar la infraestructura de LumériCo y Los Muertos también están intentando levantarse en contra de la corrupción. Mientras tanto, escarben por el sitio de LumériCo y busquen información que podamos usar en contra del cabrón, mejor aún, encuentren su nombre de usuario y contraseña para asegurarnos de que ciertos detalles no muy favorables sobre el presidentito…aparezcan…
Pude encontrar el nombre de usuario y contraseña de un empleado de soporte de LumériCo, empiecen por ahí:
I’ve started upgrading my protocols so that they are used to take down the Lumerico Corp infraestructure and Los Muertos are also trying to go against the corruption. Meanwhile, search the Lumerico Corp site for info we can use against the bastard, or better yet, get his username and password so that hundreds “not so favorable” facts about the president start popping up.
I was able to get the username and pass of a Lumerico Corp employee, start here:
Going back to the Lumerico.mx website, When you click on “INICIAR SESION” (LOGIN) you should enter the following text:
That gives you access to GFlores’ alleged webmail account inbox where you can further read his internal communication with other LumériCo staff members, in as similar a fashion as Project Blackstone (StarCraft II transmedia).
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