Episode #67

Cicada 3301: The Great Internet Mystery Solved!

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Wednesday, January 01, 2014

For the last two years in January, an enigmatic message has appeared on the internet from an unknown source signed "3301," sending thousands in search of answers to increasingly complicated puzzles and mysteries. But for whom, and to what end? Welcome to Cicada 3301, the "internet mystery that has the world baffled." To solve it, you need to know not only programming and encryption codes, but pre-Christian literature and Mayan numerology (it also helps to have friends around the world). This week New Tech City dives into the internet thriller made up of elaborate secrets and meets the people trying to solve the mystery. It’s a journey through obscure message boards that branches out across the internet and eventually around the globe. 

Comments [5]


They claim to be looking for intelligent people, yet not every one has heard of this. So not all intelligent people will be involved. I have just now became aware of this 3301 two years later. My IQ is in the to one percent... obviously they are not looking for me.

Feb. 20 2015 01:53 AM
jose from mexico

the answer Code cicada 3301 is: "jesus coming.,Cristo viene."

code: "Hello. Epiphany is upon you. Your pilgrimage has begun. Enlightenment awaits. Good luck. 3301."

Jan. 09 2014 05:05 PM

They didn't make contact this year(as far as I know) but the finders and solvers will still wait.

Jan. 06 2014 04:21 PM

Check out my guide on: How to prepare for the Cicada 3301 Hunt, January 5th 2014 and solve all the Puzzles

You don't have much time to properly prepare if you want to participate!

Jan. 04 2014 03:17 PM
Matt Smith from Kansas City, MO

Great story! Thanks for bringing it to life for me WNYC

Jan. 03 2014 05:06 PM

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