# Identifying/decrypting hashed/encrypted data [closed]

This weekend I took part in an security challenge. I had great fun doing it but i found a huge gap in my knowledge that I'm really keen to fill and hope someone here can help get me pointing in the right direction.

Midway into the challenge I discovered 2 files that appeared to contain encrypted data, but i could find no clues at to the encryption method or a key that may unlock them.

On the assumption that I'd not just overlooked this information, how could i of started to extract the information from the data? I'd be happy to share the files somewhere if someone can recommend a place to upload?

Regards,

## closed as off-topic by Xander, Steve, Mark, TildalWave, AJ HendersonAug 19 '14 at 15:18

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:

• "Questions asking us to break the security of a specific system for you are off-topic unless they demonstrate an understanding of the concepts involved and clearly identify a specific problem." – Xander, Steve, Mark, TildalWave, AJ Henderson
If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

Maybe you were supposed to notice the encryption method and break it, perhaps the key was given somewhere else, you may even be expected to break or guess it (eg. if it was 1234).