by Sebastian Garaycochea

Cicada 3301 LogoOn January 4th 2012 a mysterious post appears on the infamous 4chan website, leaving everyone “puzzled”. The post says that they are looking for highly talented individuals and that there is a message hidden within it. From this stems one of the most intricate scavenger hunt of recent history, stemming to three highly complex puzzles and the search for the mysterious group behind the post. This episode talks about this mystery and the secret group of 3301 that’s behind it. The episode aims to answer the questions Who is 3301? What is their purpose? And finally, What has led them to exist? In this podcast we will also be analyzing and solving the puzzles posted by 3301. If you are interested in creepy mysteries, be sure to give this podcast a listen and follow me into this rabbit hole.

Works Cited

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Audio Sources

Great Big Story. (2016, May 20). 2012 Cicada 3301 Solutions Part 1 [Video]. YouTube.

habitres. (2012, January 10). Voice On Phone – Cicada 3301 [Video]. YouTube.

Anon Ymous. (2013, January 5). Cicada 3301 Song: The Instar Emergence (761) [Video]. YouTube.

Background Music

All music from Orange Free Sounds (

Track 1: Alexander Blu. (2019, December 8). Creepy Music Box. Orange Free Sounds.

Track 2: Alexander Blu. (2019, September 10). Halloween Creepy Music. Orange Free Sounds.

Additional Information

Bassil, M. (2020, May 28). Cicada 3301: the coders still working on the internet’s strangest mystery. The Face.

Image: Cicada 3301 Logo, creator unknown