What are the unsolved secrets of the world

Seven unsolved puzzles of the internet

For many people, the Internet may be new territory, but it's not necessarily a mystery. Or? In fact, behind the global connection of servers, routers, home computers and mobile devices, there is a very special, sometimes shadowy world. But instead of scratching images in the Peruvian desert, opaque radio messages or the “real identity” of Jack The Ripper, it is mainly nebulous codes, surreal videos, bizarre websites and their creators that cause headaches for network users.

Years ago, for example, short clips on YouTube provoked wild conspiracy theories for months. The Webdriver Torso channel shows colorful surfaces that move back and forth, accompanied by beeping noises. Secret services and aliens were suspected to be the originator. The solution to the secret, discovered in mid-2014, was therefore almost disappointing: it was just a quality test by YouTube. The identity of the Bitcoin inventor Satoshi Nakamoto was just as nebulous for years. It now seems certain, if not proven, that the computer scientist Craig Steven Wright is behind the digital currency. However, other secrets of the Internet are still unexplained, some extremely disturbing, but above all incredibly fascinating.

Cicada 3301

For the first time in January 2012, a ghostly organization presented itself on the Internet. The notorious board / b / on 4chan announced with a picture that they were looking for “highly intelligent individuals” and had prepared a test for them. The message was signed with the prime number 3301. As a starting point, several messages were hidden in the picture, some of which led to dead ends but also to other parts of the puzzle that were permeated with innumerable allusions to mysticism and philosophy. So a cicada appeared at the logo of the group, which with the 3301 should become the unofficial name of the organization.

Since then, Cicada 3301 has repeated the scavenger hunt in 2013, 2014 and 2016, demanding creativity and elaborate skills in cryptography, steganography and code breaking. Hyperlinks, Darknet addresses, telephone numbers and GPS coordinates had to be extracted from image noise, Twitter messages and a confusion of characters. Likewise, a 58-page book called Liber Primus was published, which consists only of runes and occult signs. For some puzzle fragments, places across the globe also had to be visited - including parks, street corners and monuments in Tokyo, Mexico City, Paris, Miami and Warsaw.

Those who made it to the end of the scavenger hunt in time are evidently silent about it. The speculations about the nature of the group are therefore all the more colorful. The CIA, the NSA, the MI6 or even the Illuminati are suspected to be the backers. Just like Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Elon Musk or a major bank that is supposed to research a cryptocurrency. It could also be some kind of think tank or cyber mercenary army. A supposed ex-member referred, also with reference to the numerous mystical references, again to a misguided techno sect.

Sad satan

The darknet is widely regarded as a gloomy place. Because even if you can just chat and discuss anonymously, there are also drug delivery services, shops for stolen credit card numbers, child pornography and much more. Towards the middle of 2015, however, the Darknet also became the place where one of the weirdest horror video games in recent years has its home. Because the game Sad satan was allegedly first discovered in an onion forum and could only be loaded there. The horror work is just as disturbing as the deep abyss of the Internet.

In Sad satan At the beginning you walk down a dark corridor. Distorted tones and a child's voice played backwards can be heard. The graphics are covered with blur and grizzly filters so that they are reminiscent of a worn-out VHS tape. While walking around, the tunnel-like environment transforms itself several times, brightens and is inverted in color. Irritating images flash up again and again. Screams, gurgling, wailing and a deep roar can be heard. Excerpts from the Zapruder film flicker across the screen and catatonic frozen figures can be spotted in the dark.

It takes around 45 minutes to master the surreal labyrinth. There are no playful challenges. In return, however, a lot of horror, shock moments and guesswork. References to Satanism, child abuse, murders and encrypted radio transmissions can be read out. Jamie Farrell, the YouTuber behind the Obscure Horror Corner channel, is considered a potential creator. But where the game actually comes from and who the real creator is has not yet been clarified. A developer called DRSG has recreated the mysterious horror game on GameJolt and released it for download.

The Markovian Parallax Denigrate

Judging by the age of the Internet, this puzzle can almost be described as ancient. It has its origins in Usenet, the predecessor of today's internet forums and social media platforms. From 1996 a user under the title Markovian Parallax Denigrate began to post bizarre and completely incomprehensible jumble of text repeatedly and across all possible channels. Soon hundreds of such messages were found and were initially dismissed by many as meaningless spam.

The text fragments, however, were broken down into individual words and, as was ultimately speculated, apparently encrypted in some way. Cryptographers, software developers and hackers set out to analyze the messages. However, they found no way to turn them into meaningful verses. Two decades later, ex-journalist and self-proclaimed secret service agent Susan Lindauer was identified as the possible perpetrator, who claims to have predicted several assassinations and the terrorist attacks of September 11th. According to one theory, she must have hidden government secrets in the texts.

Other explanations suggest that the Markovian Parallax Denigrate could be a kind of early chatbot or a text generator experiment. Similar to the Mark V. Shaney developed by Rob Pike and Brad Ellis, a computer program that is on the Usenet channel net.singles was on the way and left independently formulated messages. However, the writer could also have been a troll or joker who made a fairly successful and long-lasting joke. Because the codes have not yet been cracked.