Welcome to SimonTheSorcerer’s Cicada 3301 resource page! The biggest Cicada 3301 blog online.
The wikia Cicada 3301 page is not consistent and the quality of the information is not always what you expect: outdated, poorly structured and poorly presented,(and of course, a lot of trolls).
I wanted to create something a bit more stable and consistent.
If you want a straight-to-the-point, informative collection of reliable Cicada 3301 information you found it. You can find all the revealed secrets of Cicada 3301 right here.
This page intends to be the definitive guide to Cicada 3301 from SimonTheSorcerer (that’s me) a Cicada hunter just like you (if you are not a Cicada hunter just a curious visitor you are still welcome;) ).
I aim to collect and organize all – reliable! – information online about Cicada 3301 so you don’t have to go trough all the wiki pages (there are literally hundreds of pages on the Wiki) and you don’t have to skim trough hundreds of articles written by mainstream media (essentially news portals copying each other adding nothing new to the conversation a.k.a “business as usual” for mainstream media).
This webpage will be constantly updated, check back later for more.
Let’s start our fantastic journey into the world of the mysterious Cicada 3301.
Cicada 3301 mystery:
- What is Cicada 3301?
- The structure of Cicada 3301
- Cicada 3301 puzzles
- The Bible of Cicada 3301
- Cicada 3301 art
- Cicada 3301 music (if you want this to be extra creepy listen to Cicada 3301 music while reading this article)
- Is the current cicada 3301 hunt over? Were the latest puzzles solved?
- Would you be recruited by Cicada 3301 – Take the cicada 3301 test!
What is Cicada 3301
Here is what is known about Cicada 3301:
On three documented occasions the mysterious organization identifying itself as “Cicada 3301″ posted a set of complex puzzles (puzzles used became harder and harder each recruitment).
Their intention is to recruit intelligent individuals.
Based on the tests and required skills they are looking for individuals with:
- strong general education
- broad interests
- strong versatile IT skills
- well-versed in cryptography, stenography
- analytic thinking
- mathematical aptitude
- ability to work in teams
If you think it sounds a lot like a job ad for an IT professional you are not mistaken. It seems like they are indeed looking for IT professionals but as what end and for what purpose is unclear.
This is the “official” /it was used by them/ Cicada 3301 logo:
They have a Twitter account : Cicada 3301 Twitter (yes it’s not a joke they indeed have a Twitter account, they used it during the latest “swarm” [recruitment process] in 2014).
They are a global organization. It was revealed during the swarm of 2013, when posters appeared on the following locations simultaneously:
- Annapolis, Maryland, US
- Chino, California, US
- Columbus, Georgia, US
- Dallas, Texas, US
- Erskineville, Australia
- Fayetteville, Arkansas, US
- Granada, Spain
- Greenville, Texas, US
- Haleiwa, Hawaii, US
- Little Rock, Arkansas, US
- Los Angeles, California, US
- Miami, Florida, US
- Moscow, Russia
- New Orleans, Louisiana, US
- Okinawa, Japan
- Paris, France
- Portland, Oregon, US
- Seattle, Washington, US
- Seoul, South Korea
- Warsaw, Po
It’s impossible – with our current means of transportation – for just one person to travel to each of these locations in one day and to put up Cicada 3301 posters with the QR code.
To add to the air of mystery people who claimed to have made it to the final round disappeared completely from the face of the earth and nobody ever heard of them again.
And that’s it.
This all we know for sure about Cicada 3301, everything else is speculation. If you want to read outrageous speculative stories about Cicada 3301 just read the forums or the Wikia page, there is plenty of that there.
I only collect reliable information here.
Cicada 3301 structure, organization
Not much is known about the organizational structure of Cicada 3301.
All we know for certain is that they recruit online and seem to organize and coordinate everything online.
They seem to put a great emphasis on secrecy and are very selective about whom they are recruiting. The fact that they are recruiting annually means that the organization is growing (or they are very bad at retaining members, or a combination of both).
All puzzles are in English and therefore it is assumed they communicate in English internally as well. They seem to be most active in the US (based on the number of posters placed, most were placed in the US). Based on these (English language, US activity) it is assumed, that Cicada 3301 originated from the US. Altough this is not confirmed.
Cicada 3301 puzzles
All of the puzzles are in English. All Cicada puzzles revolve around some form of cryptography and the puzzles are interlinked. Cicada puzzles can be classified into three separate categories based on the references hidden within the puzzle.
Here is a list of nearly all of the references so far:
Encryption methods used so far (the well documented ones, not including rumors and speculation):
- Caesar’s cipher http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caesar_cipher
- Steganography(that’s why you need Outguess)
- Book cipher http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_cipher
- QR codes (They were on the posters)
- XOR cipher http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XOR_cipher (this is where I gave up last time)
- Gematria primus http://static3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130107123017/uncovering-cicada/images/1/1a/Testout.jpg
and the common characteristics of genuine Cicida 3301 puzzles are:
- GnuPG signature
- extreme secrecy
- using prime numbers especially 3301
- mystic, cryptic messages “Epiphany is upon you, Enlightenment awaits”
- at least two different correct paths leading to the final round each year
You need to download these applications right away to be able to solve Cicada puzzles:
- Tor browser, you need it for this: https://www.torproject.org/docs/tor-hidden-service.html.en
- Outguess (Outgess for Windows: https://anonfiles.com/file/829e82f42f8e6245c405f9e369104dee )
- Install telnet client
Essential steps to make when you encounter a Cicada 3301 puzzle
I think these are the essential steps to make every time you encounter a Cicada puzzle:
- Look for GnuPG signature and make sure it’s really authentic
- Check source code in the browser if you can
- Download everything you can and open everything in notepad
- Look for prime numbers or missing prime numbers
- Does any of it makes sense in Gematria Primus?
- Use outguess on any image you can find
- Look for missing information
- Telnet the website
- And most importantly collaborate with other people!
The holy book of Cicada 3301: the Cicada Bible
Liber Primus is the holy book of Cicada 3301. You can find the whole -so far revealed – parts of the
book here: Liber Primus – Cicada 3301 Bible
Cicada 3301 art
Cicada 3301 has a cult following and inspired many artist to create Cicada 3301 themed art.
Here are some of them:
Youtube documentary about cicada 3301
Cicada 3301 music
This was actually produced by one of the members of Cicada 3301 and was used in one of the puzzles (the Youtube video is fan-made, only the music was produced by a member of the organization)
An example of the cryptic messages used by Cicada 3301:
/This one was actually used to begin the latest, 2014 cicada hunt./
Is the current cicada 3301 hunt over? Were the latest puzzles solved?
Yes. See you next year at January 4/5 (depending on your location). Be prepared.
Would you be recruited by Cicada 3301 – take the Cicada 3301 personality test!
During the 2013 Cicada hunt a set of individualized late-stage quizzes and series of tests were leaked -as the hunt progressed the tests became individualized at the end -.
I have collected all the multiple choice questions and answers and created this truly unique Cicada quiz.
To remain true to the spirit of Cicada 3301 everyone can answer them collectively and will see the polled results.
/For Cicada 3301: Might be interesting to see the polled results of people collectively answering the questions./
Take the test and find out whether you would be recruited by the mysterious cicada 3301!
Only the multiple choice questions were included. In the original test there were more questions. Use the arrows to navigate.
/If for some reason the arrows are not displayed, try refreshing the browser./
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Last updated: 2014 June 5