1/18 Here's what I was handed. At first I thought it was just cigar box with some cigars from Costa Rica and he locked them so TSA wouldn't get into the box as easily.
2/18 But then i realized that cigar boxes don't come with two latches...
3/18 A closer look at my "James Bond Credit Card"
4/18 Hmmmm this opens?
5/18 Sneaky sneaky, but wait these aren't keys...
6/18 A lock pick set?! This is more like it!
A quick background. Mike is a longtime friend who runs his own IT Security company and we've gone to Defcon several times, gotten our HAM Radio certs so we can use them at Defcon instead of our phones and are constantly trying to challenge each other... I'm in for a surprise.
7/18 Hehe, too easy Mike.
8/18 Ooh La La. A Cigar, Glenlivet and a bow tie.
9/18 <3 <3 Awwwww.... wait... not best man?!
10/18 Inspecting the shredded paper, found nothing.
11/18 He gave me a sheet of paper with some binary code.
12/18 Sent me to his wedding info webpage. But no password...
13/18 HA! That's an easy password!
14/18 Oh... I'm wrong.
15/18 Looks like I was supposed to go to the source page.... He commented out a hint.
Looks like the key to the cipher was MIKE and the encrypted message was in the line below
16/18 After about 5 hours of searching i decided to try the Columnar Transposition Cipher.
It spelled out [REDACTED]
17/18 SUCCESS! Except he didn't expect anyone to solve it this fast so he isn't done.