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No.35096

Good evening, dear /cyb/.

Right at the beginning I would like to mention that I am a complete novice in this field.
Nevertheless, I would be very interested if there is someone who can tell me or us something about the group called "Cicada 3301".
A few years ago I became aware of it and have been trying to solve this mystery/puzzle. Unfortunately without success.

What fascinated me personally, is that belief system of these people and how technological knowledge is connected with occultism and "spirituality" (especially of Aleister Crowley and Helena Petrovna Blavatsky).
On various websites ("absurd") theories have been proposed, such as that behind this group stuck intelligence agencies (Mossad, GCHQ, MI5, MI6, NSA, and other) or "secret societies", who want to recruit in this way new offspring.

Even though I have not solved the puzzle, I believe that behind this group are a handful of MIT students who care about privacy, data security, cryptography and steganography. Throughout against mass surveillance.
But that's just a guess on my part. Maybe I'm completely wrong.

I have recently found a person named "Nox Populi" on YouTube.
He has made some videos on this topic, which I find very interesting and informative.
If anyone is interested:

2013 Cicada winner's overview of 3301 - First in new Cicada 3301 series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0z03ntMJio

2012 Cicada 3301 Solutions Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ad_DNgdc35A

2012 Cicada 3301 Solutions Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSvwuaVm23E

Unfortunately, there is no video, that explains what happened to the people who have solved the puzzle.
For this reason I write this message to ask if there are one or more graduates who could perhaps tell me or us something about the group and their objectives.

I would appreciate answers and thank you in advance.

  No.35097

Thanks a lot for the video, i remember seeing this a long time ago, i never got to research anything about it though.

  No.35108

>Cicada 3301
Spooky as I just had talked to some people about a few days ago.

I think it's very cyberpunk, some of it also required knowledge of Neuromancer and Agrippa (A Book for the Dead)

  No.35134

>>35096
Probably just a circlejerk of the highest order if you ask me

  No.35136

>>35134
if you were closely looking at whole cicada shit and were on the wiki and irc then you would notice that most of these people were probably running the whole cicada bullshit.
It could be that they're just a free formed cypherpunk hacker group all around the world that wants to expand and take over with its ideology of free information for everyone, but I think its much more than that

dunno, I heard stories about their dark web forum and stuff, but they don't seem that scary to me

  No.35137

>>35134
Any circlejerk who is able to provide interesting and trully hard puzzles to be solved, are completely ok in my book.

Let's pretend they are a group of people who just create really interesting puzzles. I'm all in for it.

  No.35141

>>35096

https://www.reddit.com/user/NoxPopuli

Looks like he took a month off. He came back a month later to make one comment saying he wasn't done, and has since been gone for a month.

http://noxpopuli.deviantart.com/

Likely his dev art. Subjects seem like his interest group. But i digress.

One of the responses he gets is something about a weather pattern that is directly correlated with a german hair dryer. If you look at the original post, it links https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/2014/01/03/cicada_3301_cryptography_and_the_quest_for_anonymity.html and associates it with Nox. He asks, "are you german with your box named "Fön""

Now he denies the german accent, but acknowledges the box. I'm curious which box he's referring to, as I've not found a reference to it in the article. What i did find was a link to jarius.ca, which has a twitter attached to it: https://twitter.com/JairusKhan, this is, in turn, linked to http://restraint.org/, pointing to Canadia. The video sounds kinda like he could be talking over an accent, or has a mixed locality accent. You might try sending him an email asking if he's going to release a new video. If he acts like he has no idea what you're talking about, I was probably wrong.

  No.35187

You'd be a lot better off just reading Count Zero.

The people behind the group are sophisticated when it comes to cryptography, etc, but you can tell they're amateurs when it comes to philosophy and the occult. Like others have said they're probably a fun hacker group. There's a kind of Gibson-esque god in the network vibe but that's all bullshit. There's not god or magic in the network, it's just a bunch of hackers having fun with those concepts.

I'd recommend you spend your time learning about cryptography and computer science.

I know it's exciting to follow this stuff, like there's mystery in the world, but chasing it will lead you down the dead ends of pseudo-scientific theorizing and technological dilettantism.

Sit down and study, even when it's not fun. Avoid forays into internet secret societies, you'll get nowhere.

  No.35264

>>35108
I started making my own crypto treasure hunt just a few days ago...

  No.35622

Moved to >>>/tech/27122.