Can you figure out this secret emoji cipher? - Technical.ly Brooklyn

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Jul. 5, 2016 12:59 pm

Can you figure out this secret emoji cipher?

Codemoji from Mozilla lets you send messages that — even if they're intercepted — are meaningless unless you know how to decipher them.
Each emoji scrambles letters differently.

Each emoji scrambles letters differently.

(Screenshot via Mozilla)

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Know what I’m saying? This is a cipher and it comes from a neat little project by Mozilla called Codemoji.

“Decipher” is a word we use often enough, but might not understand where it comes from. A cipher is like a secret code, where each letter or symbol stands for a different letter. Ciphers are the building blocks of encryption, a topic near to Mozilla’s heart (you can check out the browser’s video series on the topic here).

“It’s part of our cross-organization effort to educate about encryption,” explained Aure Moser of the Mozilla Science Lab (which, btw, has a fellowship you should check out).

With Codemoji, you write a sentence or phrase, pick an emoji through which to translate it, and out comes your message, in emoji cipher.

So my message, “Hi, readers :)” translated through the Codemoji cipher algorithm becomes: ??   ???????   ??

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Try it out for yourself here.

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