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.