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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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A message from Cicada was discovered on Pastebin at the end of April 2017. It read "Beware false paths.  Always verify PGP signature from 7A35090F" and was, in fact, signed using the appropriate Cicada 3301 PGP key. Read further to find out how you can verify messages from Cicada and get involved in solving the latest puzzle.

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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