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  1. Info captured from: https://boards.4chan.org/b/res/526816837
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  3. Anonymous 01/13/14(Mon)18:49:59 UTC No.526821750
  4. File: 1389638999553.jpg-(46 KB, 337x455, Cicero.jpg)
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  7. Cicada 3301 and Project 905 are linked.
  8. They don't know I'm sending you this but they'll soon catch on.
  9. Ever wonder what happened to the winners?
  10.  
  11. Your friend,
  12. Cicero
  13.  
  14. File link - http://s1032.photobucket.com/user/misa_amane_cicero/media/1389646559465_zpse570994a.jpg.html
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  17.  
  18. In reply to the question "What happened to the winners?":
  19.  
  20. Anonymous 01/13/14(Mon)18:54:12 UTC No.526822259
  21. >>526822078
  22.  
  23. The key is in your grip.
  24. Michaelangelo would've HATED this!
  25.  
  26. Cicero
  27.  
  28. Another reply to a mention of Caesar:
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  30. Anonymous 01/13/14(Mon)18:57:20 UTC No.526822636
  31. >>526822317
  32.  
  33. Caesar Cypher, you're getting warmer.
  34. Pity you don't have the message or the key... right?
  35. People won, but for some reason they never come forward. I wonder why.
  36.  
  37. Cicero
  38.  
  39. After receiving no responses:
  40.  
  41. ZRUOGLUF #FLFHURVFKLOGUHQ BRXU TXHVWLRQV ZLOO EH DQVZHUHG
  42.  
  43. Cicero
  44.  
  45. No more direct responses so this is posted. Cicero also replies to a post about the Cicada winners apparently being DDoSed:
  46.  
  47. Anonymous 01/13/14(Mon)19:10:42 UTC No.526824306
  48. >>526823248
  49.  
  50. http://www.timeanddate.com/countdown/to?iso=20140113T1930&p0=%3A&fg1=000&fg2=000&msg=Tick+tock%2C+tick+tock%2C+Cicero+waits.&csz=1
  51.  
  52. >>526824118
  53.  
  54. There's ears in the walls.
  55. We often take special note of the ears our enemies possess, but neglect that our friends possess a pair, as well.
  56.  
  57. Cicero
  58.  
  59. No replies, but this time the post is not signed:
  60.  
  61. Anonymous 01/13/14(Mon)19:15:23 UTC No.526824897
  62. >>526824306
  63.  
  64. 15 minutes and counting.
  65. Tick tock, boys. I had more faith in you than this. Not a single person has solved it.
  66. I'd know.
  67.  
  68. Response to a request for a hint:
  69.  
  70. Anonymous 01/13/14(Mon)19:19:56 UTC No.526825427
  71. >>526825313
  72.  
  73. If I must. Someone mentioned Caesar Cypher's earlier.
  74.  
  75. >>526823248
  76.  
  77. Get reading up, you have 10 minutes to find me.
  78.  
  79. Solved response:
  80.  
  81. Anonymous 01/13/14(Mon)19:24:50 UTC No.526826036
  82. >>526825427
  83. pleas tell me i am close
  84. WORLDIRC #CICEROSCHILDREN YOUR QUESTIONS WILL BE ANSWERED
  85.  
  86. A couple of people go to get irc set up. In the meantime 'Cicero' posts:
  87.  
  88. Anonymous 01/13/14(Mon)19:25:06 UTC No.526826072
  89.  
  90. I must confess I'm terribly disappointed.
  91. 5 minutes.
  92.  
  93. Anonymous 01/13/14(Mon)19:26:07 UTC No.526826216
  94. >>526826036
  95.  
  96. At last, someone cracks it!
  97. Now you know where to find me, I'm waiting.
  98. All are welcome.
  99. Your questions will be answered.
  100.  
  101. Anonymous 01/13/14(Mon)19:28:37 UTC No.526826519
  102.  
  103. What's taking you plebians so long?
  104.  
  105. >>526826036 has cracked the preliminary.
  106. Come find me.
  107. I'm waiting.
  108.  
  109. In response to a troll post about giving GPS coords:
  110.  
  111. Anonymous 01/13/14(Mon)19:31:06 UTC No.526826826
  112. >>526826564
  113.  
  114. GPS co-ordinates?
  115. Give you my location?
  116. Unthinkable.
  117.  
  118. There's a better reward waiting for you.
  119. The details are already there. Pity the guy who cracked the case doesn't know how to work a simple IRC client.
  120.  
  121. 526821750
  122.  
  123. Cicero
  124.  
  125. 52682175 turns out to be the key to enter the ciceroschildren IRC room
  126.  
  127. In response to someone posting claiming they participated in Cicada and this was not them:
  128.  
  129. Anonymous 01/13/14(Mon)19:34:51 UTC No.526827294
  130. >>526826975
  131.  
  132. Since when did I suggest this was Cicada 3301? Begone, Charlatan.
  133.  
  134. It appears none were able to deduce the simple puzzle that was provided.
  135.  
  136. I am dissapointed.
  137.  
  138. Perhaps the next batch will fair better.
  139. If you need me, I'm still waiting.
  140. The key is in your grip.
  141.  
  142. Cicero
  143.  
  144. Anonymous 01/13/14(Mon)19:51:29 UTC No.526829381
  145.  
  146. Someone has made it to me.
  147. You're welcome to join us.
  148. Your questions will be answered.
  149.  
  150. Cicero
  151.  
  152. Anon then posts result from IRC chat, image available above:
  153.  
  154. Anonymous 01/13/14(Mon)20:55:59 UTC No.526837750
  155. File: 1389646559465.jpg-(45 KB, 337x455, Cicero.jpg)
  156. 45 KB
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  158. UPDATE! i just got off with cicero. This is the next clue!
  159.  
  160. And the following screenshots of IRC:
  161.  
  162. http://s1032.photobucket.com/user/misa_amane_cicero/media/1389648241928_zps2fa78d97.png.html
  163. http://s1032.photobucket.com/user/misa_amane_cicero/media/1389648285920_zps1f02ded0.png.html
  164.  
  165. Next posts:
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  167. Anonymous 01/13/14(Mon)22:07:46 UTC No.526848152
  168.  
  169. PXEE WHGX. PTL FR
  170. KBWWEX VKRIMBV
  171. XGHNZA YHK RHN? B
  172. TIHEHZBLX YHK MAX
  173. VKNWX HUYNLVTMBHG
  174. UNM BY B MKBXW MH
  175. XGVKRIM FR FXLLTZX
  176. BG TGR ABZA MXVA
  177. FTGGXK, MAXR'W
  178. UKXTD BM BG T
  179. AXTKMUXTM.
  180.  
  181. IKHCXVM
  182. 905 TGW VBVTWT 3301
  183. TKX EBGDXW.
  184. HOXKLBZAM, BGLBZAM,
  185. ABGWLBZAM,
  186. LHFXMBFXL RHN'KX
  187. UXMMXK HYY UEBGW.
  188. PATM ZHHW BL LBZAM
  189. BG MAX WTKDGXLL
  190. TGRAHP?
  191.  
  192. MAX GXQM
  193. DXR PBEE UX 7.
  194. MAX
  195. MKNX VBVXKH PBEE
  196. KXOXTE ABFLXEY, TGW
  197. MAXG MAX ZTFXL
  198. MKNER UXZBG.
  199.  
  200. And linking to the above:
  201.  
  202. Anonymous 01/13/14(Mon)22:09:09 UTC No.526848370
  203. >>526848152
  204. If you've found this, you know how to work a computer at the very least.
  205. Isn't Cicero handsome in the picture? Me and my boss made a few bets, I for one hope to win, over a beauty contest
  206. in which my Cicero entered. My boss doesn't know that I cheated, will the audience?
  207. Sadly, he's not clothed, which is a shame, because his clothes have great value and would surely have shifted
  208. audience favour to him, if not for the fact that, after all these years, they're worth only a hundredth of the original price, rounded to the nearest unit!
  209.  
  210. vvhhb decodes:
  211.  
  212. Anonymous 01/13/14(Mon)22:11:35 UTC No.526848730
  213. >>526848152
  214. WELL DONE. WAS MY RIDDLE CRYPTIC ENOUGH FOR YOU? I APOLOGISE FOR THE CRUDE OBFUSCATION BUT IF I TRIED TO ENCRYPT MY MESSAGE IN ANY HIGH TECH MANNER, THEY'D BREAK IT IN A HEARTBEAT. PROJECT 905 AND CICADA 3301 ARE LINKED. OVERSIGHT, INSIGHT, HINDSIGHT, SOMETIMES YOU'RE BETTER OFF BLIND. WHAT GOOD IS SIGHT IN THE DARKNESS ANYHOW? THE NEXT KEY WILL BE 7. THE TRUE CICERO WILL REVEAL HIMSELF, AND THEN THE GAMES TRULY BEGIN.
  215. so let the games begin
  216. vvhhb
  217.  
  218. Another unsigned 'Cicero' post:
  219.  
  220. Anonymous 01/13/14(Mon)22:18:30 UTC No.526849740
  221.  
  222. I'm impressed you've come so far so quickly, my children.
  223.  
  224. Be on the lookout.
  225.  
  226. Stage 2 has begun.
  227.  
  228. I will be returning to the thread.
  229. Await further information.
  230.  
  231. Anonymous 01/13/14(Mon)22:22:09 UTC No.526850339
  232. >>526849740
  233.  
  234. My children, I gift you a very special token...
  235.  
  236. 595481
  237.  
  238. This will, in my next message, allow you to verify my identity and be assured that it is truly me who speaks to you.
  239.  
  240. Cicero
  241.  
  242. Cicero makes us wait for the next clue:
  243.  
  244. Anonymous 01/13/14(Mon)22:47:30 UTC No.526854415
  245. New clue incoming within next 10 minutes.
  246.  
  247. Cicero.
  248.  
  249. In response to a post asking whether things will be signed Cicero or 595481:
  250.  
  251. Anonymous 01/13/14(Mon)22:52:20 UTC No.526855168
  252. >>526854670
  253.  
  254. You'll figure it out.
  255. Hope you guys like apples.
  256.  
  257. Cicero
  258.  
  259. And the next clue:
  260.  
  261. Anonymous 01/13/14(Mon)23:12:41 UTC No.526858202
  262. File: 1389654761133.png-(16 KB, 640x480, Cicero2.png)
  263. 16 KB
  264.  
  265. Here is your next clue.
  266. Further information will be provided when the date passes.
  267. Good luck.
  268.  
  269. Your friend,
  270. Cicero
  271.  
  272. File link: http://s1032.photobucket.com/user/misa_amane_cicero/media/1389654761133_zpsb3740684.png.html
  273.  
  274. And a further clue:
  275.  
  276. Anonymous 01/13/14(Mon)23:16:09 UTC No.526858731
  277. >>526858202
  278. The password will be there 20/01/2014 onward.
  279. Better hope the weather's good, they won't be protected. Be quick.
  280. HRHIZP
  281.  
  282. Anon adjusted picture to reveal an apple and the matrix
  283.  
  284. 4057
  285. 3709
  286. 8558
  287. 3791
  288.  
  289. Picture of adjust:
  290.  
  291. http://s1032.photobucket.com/user/misa_amane_cicero/media/1389655125312_zpsc490f1c9.jpg.html
  292.  
  293. The matrix is done specifically, Cicero answers this several times:
  294.  
  295. Anonymous 01/13/14(Mon)23:29:27 UTC No.526860710
  296. the code is not a credit card number, Cicero told us #Ciceroschildren
  297. vvhhb
  298.  
  299. Anonymous 01/13/14(Mon)23:44:03 UTC No.526862807
  300. >>526862616
  301.  
  302. If I give you a clue, it can be solved.
  303.  
  304. Cicero
  305.  
  306. Anonymous 01/13/14(Mon)23:46:16 UTC No.526863140
  307. >>526862952
  308.  
  309. The image is the clue.
  310. It can be solved as is.
  311. If I wanted to give you a simple string of numbers, I would have done so.
  312.  
  313. In response to posting about an address "2707 Apple Little Rd, Gibsonville, NC 27249":
  314.  
  315. Anonymous 01/13/14(Mon)23:50:19 UTC No.526863751
  316. >>526863287
  317.  
  318. You're on the right track, but you're not there yet.
  319.  
  320. And another address:
  321.  
  322. Anonymous 01/13/14(Mon)23:55:15 UTC No.526864492
  323. >>526863976
  324.  
  325. Like I said, if I wanted it to be read as a simple string of numbers, or simple GPS co-ordinates, I'd have arranged them in a row.
  326.  
  327. There's a reason they're arranged in this shape.
  328.  
  329. In reply to this message:
  330.  
  331. Anonymous 01/14/14(Tue)00:01:32 UTC No.526865397
  332. Replies: >>526865586 >>526867210
  333. File: 1389657692030.png-(123 KB, 627x430, Cicada Mystery #2.png)
  334. 123 KB
  335.  
  336. Good so far, /b/, though a high level of intelligence is required we are not interested in human calculators, we need people capable of quickly assessing complex situations they will never fully understand and finding the most reasonable course of action. People who can innovate, identify new avenues for advancement, people who can "wing it" when necessary, a good temperament and leadership skills are also necessary, you must show character when placed in awkward social situations and influence others into aiding you or not interfering as much as reasonably possible. How will you confront this?
  337.  
  338. 7664
  339.  
  340. With the following image attached: http://s1032.photobucket.com/user/misa_amane_cicero/media/1389657692030_zpscea25497.png.html
  341.  
  342. After this post Cicero replied:
  343.  
  344. Anonymous 01/14/14(Tue)00:02:52 UTC No.526865586
  345. >>526865397
  346.  
  347. Shit, they've found me.
  348. Going underground. Will return tomorrow when the heat is off.
  349.  
  350. Cicero
  351.  
  352. EBFHBAF posts screenshot of IRC chat and asks for a hint. Screenshot:
  353.  
  354. http://s1032.photobucket.com/user/misa_amane_cicero/media/1389658501226_zps74e07390.png.html
  355.  
  356. Reply, unsigned:
  357.  
  358. Anonymous 01/14/14(Tue)00:19:24 UTC No.526868168
  359. >>526867473
  360. 5047981973837055
  361.  
  362. Anon posts update on matrix:
  363.  
  364. Anonymous 01/14/14(Tue)00:18:37 UTC No.526868052
  365. >>526866442
  366. only 6 & 2 do not appear in the matrix btw so basically :
  367.  
  368. 6 - 0
  369. 2 - 0
  370. 4 - 1
  371. 1 - 1
  372. 0 - 2
  373. 5 - 3
  374. 7 - 3
  375. 3 - 2
  376. 9 - 2
  377. 8 - 2
  378.  
  379. Cicero replies, unsigned:
  380.  
  381. Anonymous 01/14/14(Tue)00:21:14 UTC No.526868489
  382. >>526868052
  383. You are so close.
  384.  
  385. 87-e5
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