Red Triangle Part 3: Toughest So Far!

Someone commented on my previous post that Mutahar, a.k.a. SomeOrdinaryGamers, had mentioned one of the Red Triangle sites on his episode THE EDGIEST CONFESSIONS!?! – Deep Web Browsing 149.

Nevertheless, I don’t think he made the connection between the puzzle and that particular onion site. (Heck, I only did it recently.) So here it is again:

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“Increase your common thought process, become anything, anything if not all, mankind is the only individual that currently stands in your way. Reach out, reach inwards, connect to yourself, connect to you become apart of the universe.

“The reasons for hate will go unanswered; Progress onwards with only the idea of individualism; The fundamental ideas of individualism are the answer. Progression -Individualism – Logical Thinking”

As to what all that means, I don’t know, but it’s fun to speculate, right?

Anyhow, I haven’t explored Red Triangle Chapter 3 in much detail yet, but it contains several different ciphers and symbols.

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I have a confession to make, guys and gals; I’m not always so good at deciphering these types of things without “technological assistance.” Nonetheless, this chapter, as well, has already been solved by its related Discord group, and if you want the answers, just go to the wiki and cheat! Ɛ‾ɹǝʇdɐɥƆ/ᴉʞᴉʍ/ɯoɔ˙ɐᴉʞᴉʍ˙ǝlƃuɐᴉɹʇ-pǝɹ//:sdʇʇɥ (Taking a cue from the newspaper, I wrote the text upside-down for fun!)

There’s also an audio clip which sounds a lot like cicadas chirping, but is most likely a sound cipher. At present, I don’t have the equipment on me to decode it; have a listen for yourself. (Actually, the answer to this one is also on the wiki, but again, I hate to give away the answer to you puzzle solvers!!)

Of note: if you click on the red triangle symbol on this particular page, it downloads an image called Pointers.png, which is a clue to solving this part of the puzzle:

Pointers

Have you made the connection yet? There is, of course, more to this, but again, I didn’t want to give away all of the answers. In fact, maybe I should go to some unsolved pieces of the puzzle and see if I can discover anything!

If I do, I’ll write an update.

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The Dark Lair: My Intro to the Dark Web

Back in 2015, when I first “joined” Tor, I came across a site called The Dark Lair, via one of the many link lists. Its Tor URL is http://vrimutd6so6a565x.onion. It seemed like a rather friendly place, so I joined. At present, it looks like this:

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The Dark Lair’s creator is a dark web denizen named Garnech the Prime; I’ve run into him on some of the social networks too. His site has several main features: The Board, which is like a newsfeed; a list of links, which no good Tor site should be without; The Enigma, which is a cryptographic puzzle; The Gallery, which is a group of photos; and Pages, which caters to various interests (e.g. Cybertron, Techno, and “Spices”).

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Anyhow, the site isn’t all that “complicated”; it’s just a place for people to socialize and share ideas anonymously. I like it better than the ones that copy Facebook’s format, because I had initially ventured onto Tor looking for something different than Facebook. I didn’t really know what to expect.

Well Garnech, I love how the site looks, and keep up the great work! Perhaps one day I’ll even solve The Enigma.

 

 

 

.:L:.I:.O:.N:. 777: Further Exploration

When I first started checking out this LION 777 site, I had assumed it was a scam of some kind, but it appears that there’s more to it than that. (I guess I need to break out of that cynical mindset.) I’m still a bit skeptical, however, given some of the information they talk about.

I don’t know for sure, but it may actually be an internet-based secret society, along the lines of Cicada – don’t quote me on that, though.

Quoting the site itself, “L:.I:.O:.N:. is a Puzzle-Game.” OK, so we’ve established that. If I go by what the site says, the creators of the puzzle-game are this group called Order of Anarchy (OA).

For the curious, here’s Order of Anarchy’s official site: Order Of Anarchy – Enlighten. Overthrow Chaos. Empower.

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Like the mysterious Cicada 3301 (if that’s even their real name), OA only gives bits and pieces of information about who they are and what they stand for, but if you put it all together, you can get a pretty good picture.

On their site, there is a brief “FAQ” of sorts, on which it says, “Who are we?” Their answer is “A [sic] Order of family and friends who play and create puzzles and games.” On this same page, they actually list a contact email address, which is orderofanarchy@gmail.com. Feel free to email them with more questions, I guess!

Here’s some other information that they list:

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If you want to see the whole thing, just the visit the site. I’m not entirely sure what to make of it anymore, but it appears that this site is a hub for a larger organization with several sub-organizations underneath it.

Definitely going to check this out some more…

 

“Cicada 3301” Request!

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So, a reader made a request on my previous post that I write about the mysterious “Cicada 3301” group (or other such groups).

While I do not know much about the “official” group, from what I gather, they are a secret society searching for enlightenment and the meaning of life, and they attempt to find this path through mathematics, physics, steganography, and other academic disciplines. I don’t think they have anything to do with more well known organizations, like the CIA, FBI, or NSA, even though some people have speculated about this connection.

The site that I thought was their official site used to hint at what the organization was about, and this is how I gathered that they were more spiritual than people may have realized.

What I figured out was that “3301” was not really the name of the group, so much as the person(?) that started it, and revealed the texts to the others (in a way, it’s like their “god” or spiritual guide). These texts would be the Liber Primus and the Gematria Primus, which the author wrote in runes and symbols:

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Nonetheless, the reason that they started sharing the puzzles and mysteries with the world was that they really did want to recruit new members, but didn’t want just anyone to join – they were looking for people who were serious, highly intelligent, and skilled in many academic fields. And presumably, some people did actually pass the tests, although they probably never told anyone publicly about it.

The Uncovering Cicada Wiki, though not affiliated with the group directly, does have some intriguing information about the past puzzles, and about what Cicada is.

Interesting Updates

So, the site that I was referring to above (cicada3301) no longer has the wiki-like structure that it used to. I may be a little late to the party, but what now appears if you visit the site is this message:

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It says “Make me a favor, please – Turn off javascript.” Curious, I turned off JavaScript, and then a hidden message appeared (which I did not expect):

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I know that’s difficult to read, so I’ll spell it out here:

Hello
2+5+1 = 8
25*13=325
15,31,3301
sqrt(324)=18
360360/7=51480
360360/8=45045
2513/800=3.14125

APOC SCAE
ALYPSE VERY
SOCIETY CRAZY
CATVS SUN MUSIC
31°46’38.49″N

Since I just came across this, I haven’t had time to solve the puzzle yet, but there’s a definite significance to the numbers, obviously. Even if people have seen this link before, I thought I’d take a crack at the puzzle. In particular, this message has something to do with the number 18, and whatever that may symbolize.

I’ll illustrate: the square root of 324 is 18. 360,360 divided by 7 is 51,480 (as they state). The digits of 51,480, when added up, equal 18. The digits of 45,045, when added up, also equal 18. And obviously, 3.14125 are the first few digits of pi, but there’s more to it than this.

So what else does the number 18 signify? In Hebrew (where letters also stand for numbers), it is the symbol of life: chai.

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Likewise, in China, 18 is associated with someone who will have great success and prosper. Could there be a connection? Perhaps!

There is also a correlation between 180 and π, in that to convert radians to degrees, you multiply by 180 over π: Convert from Radians to Degrees pi/18 Is this at all related, or is it reading too much into what’s there?

Perhaps someone who’s more experienced with steganography than I can take this a little further, so I intend to share this around.

And of course, some others have been working on this before me, if you want more information:

Cicada 3301 working out

Ideone.com – GFeI03 – Online Java Compiler and Debugging Tool (someone was analyzing the code of the page with this message)

What happened? r/cicada

VK.com – Utopia Show

There’s also a site which someone created not too long ago that seems to be associated with Cicada, although I have not verified this – http://www.1711141131131.xyz/. The former URL of this site was http://sevens.exposed, which now redirects to the new URL. At various times, this site has also shown different puzzles and encoded messages, similar to the ones that Cicada has posted. (Although, as the group themselves stated, “Beware false paths.”)

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Presently, it shows a series of animated messages, which change from symbols to letters. The last three appear to be anagrams:

Ana,

there will come a time

when you will decide

between yourself and your loved ones.

when it comes,

walk the path your peers would not.

and triumph in the victory that you feel in your heart.

A Cab Cede Ether Summer Fruit

A Bash Steg Mr Hemmer Prate

Weighted Jetport Moth

 

What does it all mean? Well, I did take a look at the phrase: “A Cab Cede Ether Summer Fruit,” and noticed that you can get “The Cicada” from some of the letters, but this may just be a coincidence. And I figured “Ana” was a reference to anagrams.

If you have further knowledge, feel free to leave a comment or an idea. That’s always welcome. Due to the fact that it used to be called “sevens.exposed,” I had initially thought that the site had been made by someone who was anti-Cicada.

I’ll elaborate on this in some future posts.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4htb2Lmt0nxlc0xO0qh3yQ

ZeroNet: Continuing Your Dark Webducation!

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I’ve mentioned ZeroNet in a few previous posts, but haven’t gone into much detail about it. I think it has the potential to be a great network, if more people start using it.

It’s a bit different from Tor, in that you don’t have to have a separate browser to access it (although you do need the software). ZeroNet is a decentralized network that uses bitcoin cryptography and the BitTorrent network to create a “separate internet,” if you will.

ZeroNet also uses the Tor network to help users achieve anonymity, though the two are in fact different networks. (Wait…huh?) Yes, in addition to using the BitTorrent network, ZeroNet also has the ability to route traffic through Tor – although you can turn this feature on and off.

If you read its documentation, you can learn a bit more about it.

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Author: Kahpecuce Copyright: 2016 Wikimedia Commons

According to the documentation, at present, ZeroNet offers these features:

  • Real-time updated sites
  • Namecoin .bit domain support
  • Multi-user sites
  • Passwordless – Bitcoin’s BIP32-based authorization
  • Built-in SQL server

As with PGP, on ZeroNet you have a public and a private key, which is a feature of asymmetric cryptography. Essentially, it’s the same type of cryptography that’s used to protect your bitcoin wallet.

I know how many people are curious about pseudo-top level domain names. As it says above, ZeroNet sites use the .bit domain, and there are quite a few out there. (But sorry, no .clos, .loky, .lll, or .rdos sites.) Aw, crap!

If you’d like to see a ZeroNet site, here’s one:

zeronet_links

And here’s another:

dydx_zeronet

Like the sites on Tor, I2P, and other networks, they don’t look all that fascinating. Many contain a lot of technical and coding information. It doesn’t surprise me, actually; I wasn’t expecting to find anything dark and secret on ZeroNet that I couldn’t find elsewhere.

Anyhow, this is going to be a short post, as I still have to explore ZeroNet quite a bit more. I just wanted to give you a little taste! I encourage other people to join it, because some of the forums and things seem a bit empty!

Thanks for reading – join me again, anonymity lovers!

P.S. For further reading, here’s a ZeroNet FAQ.

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