Cracking the Code of Cicada 3301| EPISODE 1

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In 2012, a secretive group calling itself 3301 began recruiting for “highly intelligent individuals” online. Candidates had to prove their skills in codebreaking, cryptography and computer programming by solving a complex puzzle dubbed Cicada. It required knowledge of steganography, contacts on the ground everywhere from Seoul to Sydney, and the ability to obtain a copy of William Gibson’s famous disappearing poem “Agrippa.” What was the purpose of the puzzle? No one knows, but many set out to solve one of the internet’s greatest mysteries. At the age of 15, Marcus Wanner became one of the few to crack the code. But the Cicada challenge didn’t end there. Suddenly, more mysterious codes appeared-including a 58-page book of runes known as the “Liber Primus.”
What was encrypted within the runes? Follow the band of online cryptologists deciphering “Liber Primus” in episode 2 of Cicada 3301: greatbig.is/2ZW6fsq
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Aug 14, 2019




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Great Big Story
Great Big Story 6 months ago
So you want to be a code breaker? Here's how: greatbig.is/2NrhqWE
Sonny G
Sonny G 7 days ago
Anonymous Anonymous - Agreed Indeed
ankit singh
ankit singh 24 days ago
3:11 read the cofee machine in reverese.
NikolaStation Month ago
thats low selling ppl other ppl knowledge btw public availble and old as fk , dinosaur of cryptografy
Jay Terrible
Jay Terrible Month ago
So it might be a government agency, NSA... "Homeland security"... That is Asking people what to do about Top-secret projects. Like Albert Einstein asking should I give this government nuke's???
Anastasiu3301 2 months ago
don't lie...
Don San
Don San Day ago
where do you get the 58 pages?
Pug-series Day ago
Ziyad M
Ziyad M 2 days ago
Why have I seen this before?
ansel massie
ansel massie 2 days ago
What was that so interesting
Deepak Tamang
Deepak Tamang 2 days ago
3:28 what was the mystery of kathmandu?
Jedzia Dex
Jedzia Dex 3 days ago
Cubum autem in duos cubos, aut quadratoquadratum in duos quadratoquadratos, et generaliter nullam in infinitum ultra quadratum potestatem in duas ejusdem nominis fas est dividere: cujus rei demonstrationem mirabilem sane detexi. Hanc marginis exiguitas non caperet. 3 years of effort, lol That took 350 years to solve and has at least value.
Lord Farquaad
Lord Farquaad 3 days ago
This is just an elaborate rickrolling scheme.
jeric almarinez
jeric almarinez 3 days ago
2013 to 2020 still recommended this kind of video about cicada 3301
Wyatt Gunner
Wyatt Gunner 3 days ago
The butterfly effect .
Wyatt Gunner
Wyatt Gunner 3 days ago
I forgot all about this . Thank you for theses videos.
FartingFighter 3 days ago
haha the clock on the machine being 10:33 at 03:11 at the vid was a nice touch
holyPigeon 3 days ago
Bungie and their hexagon puzzle: Am I joke to you
suhail shaik
suhail shaik 4 days ago
SmurfsUp420 4 days ago
it was the nsa looking for people to help them build prism and xkeyscore
Eric Lopez
Eric Lopez 4 days ago
The journalist is in 3301
Eric Lopez
Eric Lopez 4 days ago
Okay so am I the only one who noticed that on minute, 3:12 it says “10:33” but backwards it’s 3301.. coincidence? I think not
KLaSH 4 days ago
They looking for the one do they can kill him
Lordshowkhan 1
Lordshowkhan 1 4 days ago
Just imagine this leads into something bigger as in the secrets or a time machine we may never now but we no it’s out there
Magic Music Man
Magic Music Man 5 days ago
Copied Lemmino
Jay Are
Jay Are 5 days ago
Someone who was bored just wanted to see how many people he could get to jump if he said jump. The answer? A lot. I feel sorry for these folks : /
ItsNeekoKDM 6 days ago
I feel Rick Roll
RB 6 days ago
It'd be so cool if people could form these types of groups to make meaningful progress on consequential problems too
Sharwin Harkal
Sharwin Harkal 6 days ago
*Great Work Editing this Video*
Alexandra Koch
Alexandra Koch 6 days ago
them cracking the Code: yess the Code: Cicada doesnt exist.. YOU are cicada. ypu are 3301. you can achieve what we, what YOU, did. have fun.
EBK DEVIOUSD 6 days ago
easy I solved lord of the rings language when I was a kid so this kind of stuff is easy to me
Clint Westwood
Clint Westwood 6 days ago
Everyday I was during my senior year my english teacher would send us home with word puzzles. I'm legit thinking he was preparing us for life and not just to think inside the box now I'm hooked and I'm buying books lol
w33b tr45h
w33b tr45h 7 days ago
But at the beginning he got coffee.. the time on the clock was 1033 backwards is 3301 o.o
JoseCruz Tellez
JoseCruz Tellez 7 days ago
Bruh I’m 18 and can hardly manage everyday life and a 15yo solved a complicated puzzle most couldn’t
David Bezhi
David Bezhi 7 days ago
The reward is a hand sanitizer that kills 100% of bacteria
D Khandelwal
D Khandelwal 7 days ago
3:12 See the number on coffee machine ..... 1033 , opposite of 3301.... Is it coincidence or😨😨😨😨😨😨😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱🤯😳
CoboRed Gaming
CoboRed Gaming 8 days ago
Did no one else notice that the time on the coffee pot was 10:33.
Papa Bless
Papa Bless 8 days ago
Hmmmm taking homeschool makes you smarter than public school??
Smouky97 9 days ago
and here i am, trying to figure out how minesweeper works
804moo 9 days ago
Cracking this will give you a box of Lays that are full of chips instead of air
Stephanie Goldenrod
That dude picking his username because of a trapped cat xD I suck at usernames, too, and I once ended up as cakeladder. lol
Rachel Stephen
Rachel Stephen 10 days ago
at 3:11 right after it says "3301" the clock on the coffee maker reads 10:33
r8 _ z1
r8 _ z1 10 days ago
it's a trap!
sdfghjkl;l 10 days ago
what if the solution was those you met on the way?
Brian Fury
Brian Fury 11 days ago
When I solved this puzzle all it said was Be sure to drink your Ovlatine
Sovereign Brand
Sovereign Brand 11 days ago
How RACIST distract non-racist white peoples of high intelligence. \-_-/
Exetical 11 days ago
Am I the only one that noticed the 10:33 (3301 reference) on the cafe machine?
ChillaxTraxx 11 days ago
How do they explain all of this to their work coach ? ? ?
Vipin Yadav
Vipin Yadav 11 days ago
Elon musk secret group 👥
ZAHID HASAN 11 days ago
I wish "only the first episode of Cicada 3301" was published in RUvid and.......
Bryn•*• 11 days ago
The prize at the end is hand sanitizer that kills 100% of germs
Ryan Warunek
Ryan Warunek 11 days ago
And yet these egg heads cant crack the Zodiac code????
Petr Jicha
Petr Jicha 12 days ago
3:11 look at the clock and read it backwards
EnemyzEZ 12 days ago
3:12 It says 3301 in reverse
I Am , I Said
I Am , I Said 12 days ago
ugh, that nerd boys think they could survive in the real world. if shit hits the fan you also wanna be best mates with ______ ...solve that a-team for yourselves.
hudson 12 days ago
"It" is obviously referring to the _sky_ (is dark outside)
hudson 12 days ago
5:03 mate, you missed out on absolutely nothing and gained a whole lot by being home schooled.
Ziel 12 days ago
I swear if the prize for cracking the final code would be a free access on area 51 then I'd be willing to learn how to crack codes😂
Tracer 13 days ago
3:11 look at number 1033=3301 :O
satish chhapola
satish chhapola 13 days ago
3:12 the coffee dispenser shows 3301 when read from right to left 👀
Terdle 13 days ago
I doubt they will ever solve it, they're using only half of the encryption. The song used on the CD is the other half, if only they compared the notes played to the liber primus. Would be much easier to solve then. Convert the notes to octaves, and acquire the key from the pitch which is A-442 iirc. From there on it gets easier.
Komie 13 days ago
The editing in this video is so good.
Adam & Eve
Adam & Eve 13 days ago
How did i come into existence? My greatest puzzle when i was a kid. 😬
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This video is complete epilepsi
Stunt Dummy
Stunt Dummy 14 days ago
At the 3:11 time mark you can see the time on the coffeemaker is 10:33(3301 backwards). This video has subliminal messages of mind control. Beware.
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