Cicada 3301. Many have heard of it, and the few do not want to learn about the secret group that has turned heads. With puzzles, cryptic books, and a scavenger hunt around the world, this secret cult goes the extra mile.
Why? Although this is a very good question, even conspiracy theorists are having a hard time with this one.
Whether Cicada 3301 is a government employee of a trolling society, the puzzles certainly stump most people and adding a secret language to decrypt does not make it better.
10 Odd Arrival
In January 2012, Cicada 3301 first became known to the public by an intriguing message and a duck on 4Chan. The message read:
Hello. We are looking for highly intelligent individuals. To find them, we have devised a test. There is a message hidden in this image. Find it, and it will lead you on the road to finding us. We'll make it all the way through. Good luck. 
It ended with a signature that it would all go by-3301.
Solve this simply to more puzzles to complete. Cicada 3301 really is. As they are becoming increasingly difficult, the Cicada 3301 really is.
9 Lots Of Puzzles
One of Cicada's greatest puzzles could easily have been the QR codes plastered all over the world on stop signs, lampposts, bus stops, and more. These places included Haleiwa, Hawaii, and Paris, France. 
This was a proof that someone or some group could not do this.
Eventually, after the QR code scavenger hunt, those who would be almost enough. Cicada 3301 "Wanted the best, not the followers." That's the end of Cicada's puzzles for that year.
8 Cryptic Messages
Cicada came back every year with new puzzles and a new level of difficulty. Most of the puzzles had patterns, usually involving code. But the interesting ones did not have code.
As an example, Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay "Self-Reliance" was the answer to one of Cicada's many puzzles. Another answer in William Blake's book The Marriage of Heaven and Hell 
These references show what this anonymous
7 Where Did They Go?
When the puzzles were finally over, Cicada announced that they were looking for and left , But where did they go?
Not many know why they leave and come back at a later time. They never seem to give any more than additional puzzles and small hints every now and then. Those who did complete the jigsaw puzzle were either completely lost or left in confusion or were actually picked up for recruitment. A teenager named Marcus is an example of someone who was recruited. 
Marcus spent most of his time trying to complete these mysterious puzzles. After he passed the test, he was recruited and put into a dark web chat room with others who had successfully deciphered the clues. Marcus ends up working on projects for Cicada with his peers.
Ultimately, his group project was dropped. He has not heard anything since. How odd.
6 The Book
Eventually, Cicada 3301 released a puzzle in the form of a book called The Complete Liber Primus . This produced more of a group effort to decode. Even so, the book is only helped decrypted.
The book often helped others to complete puzzles.
Unfortunately, we only know what helped in the right direction book means. You may not be familiar with Cicada. 
5 The Winners
A good handful of people passed the test. Cicada is and why they are searching for certain individuals. One of these winners goes by the name of Nox Populi.
He was a winner with the 2013 Cicada puzzle. Cicada or those who are interested in learning the steps they need to take for future puzzles.
Joel Eriksson was another winner, one of the few who completed the 2012 Cicada puzzle.  Like the others, he was a bit lost when Cicada left in silence after the completion of the puzzle. Eriksson was a cryptosecurity researcher and developer from Sweden.
4 The Silence
Cicada was famous for popping up with new puzzles every year, although they did not come back in 2019 as of this writing. There was not anything to be published in 2015, either. No one knows if Cicada has a head office or how long they have existed.
Some people believe that when Cicada disappears, they are prepping recruits and new puzzles for a later time of completion. They may be up in the past. Project CAKES could be an example.
According to Marcus, who had successfully completed the puzzle in 2012, CAKES through a website constructed by Cicada 3301. Apparently, CAKES what created to protect whistle-blowers from retribution. But as we all know, the project was dropped. 
3 The Community
The community surrounding the mysteries of Cicada is made of intelligent individuals, theorists, and those intrigued by the puzzles. Many of the conversations take place on Reddit.
Cicada has brought many people to solve their puzzles. They learn together and help each other to conquer one cryptic message after another. Cicada's attention 
2 The Theories
Many think that Cicada could have been hired by the government to recruit some people. The Puzzles were initially thought to be an advertisement for a video game 
Someone thought that Cicada was affiliated with a group called 3301 which hacked into Planned Parenthood. But they were not connected to Cicada in any way. Cicada has said the same thing.
Others theorize that Cicada could be a secret group like the Illuminati.
Unfortunately, this remains unsolved. Those who do their part in the community and try to decode the book take one step closer to identifying the Cicada. 
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