Streams

Episode #67

The Smartest People on the Internet All Want to Solve This

« previous episode | next episode »

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. 

News, weather, Radiolab, Brian Lehrer and more.
Get the best of WNYC in your inbox, every morning.

Comments [4]

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
Megaman1904

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
SimonTheSorcerer

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!
http://simonsblogpark.com/personal/prepare-cicada-3301-hunt-january-5th-2014-solve-puzzles/

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

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.