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Cicadas & Security, Part 2: When a Verified PGP Key Takes You on a Trip to the Desert

by Toni Noble , posted in Cicada 3301, Encryption, Alternate Reality Games, ARG, PGP, PGP Tutorial

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Since our first installment in this series, there has been little excitement around the Cicada 3301 community, as a verified clue has yet to surface online or, as far as we know, in real life. A user going by the handle CicadaDave came forward on Reddit claiming to be part of a four-person team behind Cicada. His original post has since been deleted, but a lone comment remains on the account stating “I am Michael Cicada, aka Cicada Dave. We created Cicada 3301 as a joke between 4 bored MIT students. I am on Facebook if you have questions.”

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Apr 19, 2017 11:45:13 AM

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Cicadas & Security: How an Alternate Reality Game Teaches Encryption and Security Best Practices, Part 1

by Toni Noble , posted in Security Best Practices, Cicada 3301, Encryption, Alternate Reality Games, ARG

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When you think of alternate reality games (ARGs), things such as Ingress or Pokemon GO probably come to mind. While thinking about ways to use encryption or navigate the Tor network, you most likely wouldn’t think to start by browsing 4chan’s /x/ (paranormal) board. Yet on January 5, 2012 many people found themselves intrigued and began their journey to greater security knowledge, and perhaps to “enlightenment” (as a later puzzle states).

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Jan 6, 2017 10:49:30 AM

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