I read the tutorial posted long ago in this thread, and found out that the hash string was MD4, but I don't understand HOW he figured that out. He said the hash file told you the algorithm and charset, but when I Google that algorithm (E**), it does seem to be AN algorithm, but I don't see how that correlates anything to MD4. I also don't see how he used the charset in the text file, since when I open it up it's just a lot of random symbols for the most part, some of which are Russian letters because my computer is set to display non-unicode symbols as Russian characters (to make certain Russian programs work). So, I did get the mission completed, but I want to know WHY everything was the way it was. Could someone PM it to me if it would be too much of a spoiler for this thread?
This is the tutorial I read, by the way: http://www.hackthissite.org/articles/read/957
I assume it's not a spoiler since it wasn't removed as one earlier, but if it is, may some mod remove it.