TIL that there is a cryptic organization called Cicada 3301 that posts challenging puzzles and games online, possibly to recruit codebreakers and linguists.

TIL that there is a cryptic organization called Cicada 3301 that posts challenging puzzles and ga...

It originated on 4chan. That's literally all you need to know.

It's also "possibly" to recruit people into the illuminati. And "possibly" to determine the winner of the next lotto. And "possibly" just a clever 4chan troll job.

A cicada got into my apartment over the summer, without me knowing about it. If you think cicadas are loud outside, you've never heard them in a single bedroom apartment. Luckily, my dog felt like being a hero and found it under the couch. He tried to eat it, but I took it out of his mouth because I didn't know if it would upset his stomach.

Not really relevant, but the title reminded me of this incident.

listed as one of the "top 5 eeriest, unsolved mysteries of the internet" by The Washington Post

This WaPo writer needs to get out more...

Not really relevant, but the title reminded me of this incident.

Someone is counting the number of letters between each vowel in your comment and looking for patterns, I guarantee it.

I'd bet money on that last one.

Understood sandman. The package has been intercepted.

Never underestimate weaponized autism.

I'd say it's pretty clever

You're a wizard, eery!

Or to recruit for the Stargate program?

Some guy joined for a while, and was given access to chat boards where the general goal was... unclear, but there was lots of talk about creating chat solutions with unbreakable encryption to avoid government snooping. It was a group without very clear goals and leadership.

Have you seen the codes and shit you need to do to finish it though?

it's pretty damn clever

Those two are not mutually exclusive.

You just broke OpSec. Go to safe house 24q for debrief.

I can't even beat Minesweeper. Guess I won't be getting a call anytime soon.

Nice try, Cicada 3301.