I put up this post on Twitter / a few places in the University:

**“The data team is looking for hackers. 614-f14cfb5abaa0ee055e1222018cc1ec4f”**

A few hints:

* If 614-f14… doesn’t work for you, also try *614-ba18b632839188a00b6f0e3784a14bd9*. Both have the same desired outcome. (*ba18…* is what I’d initially posted and is harder to solve for, imho)

* I later tweeted: *“Python solution fits in a tweet; takes 5 min to write, <5 to run.”*

* *614* is the Columbus phone area code.

Looking forward to a few people cracking this code!

**Update:** Here’s the solution in both Python and SQL:

Python:

from hashlib import md5;

[x for x in range(10**7) if md5(”%0.3d-%0.4d” % (x/10000,x%10000)).hexdigest()== ‘f14cfb5abaa0ee055e1222018cc1ec4f’]

SQL (assumes table “n” containing a single column n, with tuples, 0 through 9):

SELECT * , MD5 ( CONCAT ( n1.n, n2.n, n3.n, “-”, n4.n, n5.n, n6.n, n7.n ) ) AS x

FROM n AS n1, n AS n2, n AS n3, n AS n4, n AS n5, n AS n6, n AS n7

HAVING x = “f14cfb5abaa0ee055e1222018cc1ec4f”