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Cicada / 3301 - Crazy International Internet/Crypto Mystery

Postby nobubs » Mon Jan 16, 2012 1:37 am UTC

The short version: so, this image shows up on a few websites, IRC, etc. that claims to hold a hidden message. Upon first look, it seems to just be an encrypted URL, but that turns out to be a hint. Later, it is discovered that the image contains steganography. The steganographic message contains a book code and points everyone towards a subreddit, where an encrypted line from a book is posted every few hours. The subreddit has symbols at the top that turns out to be base 20 Mayan numbers.

The book is finally decrypted, and it turns out to be the Mabinogion, an old book about King Arthur. The book code was applied to to the Mabinogion and it produced a phone number in Texas. When it was called, it said to multiply all the prime numbers associated with the first image together and add ".com" on the end. Which led everyone to 845145127.com which at first just showed a countdown and a picture of a cicada.

Once the countdown got to zero, it showed 14 GPS coordinates around the world: Paris, Poland, Australia, Korea, USA.

People went to these locations and found signs with a cicada and a QR code. When the scanned the QR codes it led them to an inverted image of the cicada and the word "everywhere". The filenames were all different numbers and the images contained book codes and poems that hinted to which book to use the book code.

One of the book codes was solved (pointed to Agrippa book of the dead by William Gibson), and it led to a Tor site which asked for people's email addresses. The site was only up for about 3 hours after it was found. Several people claimed to get their emails in.

Last night emails went out and people went to the Tor site using the info from the emails, and they were presented with an RSA-encrypted message and public key. The next step is to break the encryption and post the decrypted message back...

The more detailed version: http://www.clevcode.org/?page_id=48
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Re: Cicada / 3301 - Crazy International Internet/Crypto Myst

Postby jestingrabbit » Mon Jan 16, 2012 2:42 am UTC

Cool story bro (link approved).
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Re: Cicada / 3301 - Crazy International Internet/Crypto Myst

Postby PerchloricAcid » Mon Jan 16, 2012 4:43 am UTC

This seems to be fun and creepy at the same time.
...or am I just sleep deprived? :|
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Re: Cicada / 3301 - Crazy International Internet/Crypto Myst

Postby Sheikh al-Majaneen » Mon Jan 16, 2012 12:42 pm UTC

Intriguing.
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Re: Cicada / 3301 - Crazy International Internet/Crypto Myst

Postby PerchloricAcid » Mon Jan 16, 2012 1:35 pm UTC

Intriguing indeed.
I haven't had much sleep since my last post, but did, in fact sleep. It still seems creepyish. :mrgreen:
Hmmm.

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Edit: Told ya it was creepy! [Except if the OP is trolling.]
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Re: Cicada / 3301 - Crazy International Internet/Crypto Myst

Postby Panonadin » Mon Jan 16, 2012 9:05 pm UTC

I'm seriously hating the enforcement of web browsing policy here at my job. I can't go to any of those links and I want to be creepd out damnet!
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Re: Cicada / 3301 - Crazy International Internet/Crypto Myst

Postby PerchloricAcid » Mon Jan 16, 2012 10:32 pm UTC

Second link:
long story short, there's this guy claiming that his friend and him had participated in solving the mystery, and then somehow they started getting e-mails and text messages with creepy content, such as:
and my mate got a text saying "You go looking for trouble, No need we will bring it to you"

And the name of the topic is "I think im going to die?" :mrgreen:

The first one I posted is a reddit topic (or however you call those) which doesn't actually say more than the link that the OP of this topic posted.

However, having thought this over and searching the web for similar content (people claiming they got contacted by ''them'' only to receive such creepyfing content) and not finding anything, my conclusion is that the guy is a troll.
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Re: Cicada / 3301 - Crazy International Internet/Crypto Myst

Postby Jorpho » Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:56 pm UTC

Be sure to drink your Ovaltine.

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3301 Cicada: "search for highly intelligent individuals"

Postby skyknocker » Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:12 pm UTC

The 3301 puzzle from last year has returned, this time with a custom tinycore ISO, one-time-pad XOR crypto, data hidden in ICMP echos, tor sites, and coordinates. Channel is #33012013 on Freenode, #3301hackers for people who know what they're doing. Links b64'd because I'm new:

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dWVzczogaHR0cDovL3Bhc3RlYmluLmNvbS9LR2ZFNkRWdApEcm9wYm94OiBodHRwczovL3d3dy5k
cm9wYm94LmNvbS9zL3I3c2dlYjVkdG16ajE0cy8zMzAxCkNpY2FkYU9TOiBodHRwOi8vd3d3Lnlv
dXR1YmUuY29tL3dhdGNoP3Y9R0dNcm1zV3hRNUUKVHdpdHRlcjogaHR0cHM6Ly90d2l0dGVyLmNv
bS8xMjMxNTA3MDUxMzIxCldpa2k6IGh0dHA6Ly91bmNvdmVyaW5nLWNpY2FkYS53aWtpYS5jb20v
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Right now, we're looking for people in Okinawa to go check out a telephone pole.
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