In the glut of internet mysteries and deep web puzzles, none are quite so confusing, compelling, and complicated as the Cicada 3301 puzzle.
Several message boards saw a mysterious invitation of sorts pop up on January 4, 2012. It asked individuals to find the hidden message in the plain white text on a black background. Soon sites like 4chan and reddit had communities popping up to figure out who or what Cicada 3301 really was.
What solvers got instead were stories about people being recruited to the anonymous organization, more questions, more puzzles, and links to sites in the deep web.
Cicada 3301 Is Supposedly A Recruitment Tool For A Shadowy Organization
Solving The Puzzles Requires Extensive Amounts Of Time
Few People Have Solved The Puzzle - Even Fewer Solved It Alone
Some Theorize The Internet Group Anonymous Is The Real Architect Of The Puzzles
Finding Clues Required Physical Travel To Coordinates
Solving The Puzzle Takes More Than One Discipline