A Thoughtful Gift

My friend and neighbor, Justin Graves, gave me a very thoughtful gift this Christmas. The initial gift was a printed Space Invader, as seen here.

I’ve obfuscated the center of the image with a black box. The Invader is textured with a random static pattern. On closer inspection, I could see the Position and Alignment patterns of a typical QR Code. Scanning this code with my phone generated a long list of seemingly random letters. A PUZZLE! This looks like the entry point to a hacking puzzle, also known as a CTF. Fun!

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