The Internet is massive and unending and full of strange stories and conspiracies. Once in a while, you come across a story that is so outlandish and inexplicable that it will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end.
The following are just some of the unsolved mysteries you can find on the Internet.
Since 2011, the anonymous owner of the subreddit A858 has been posting long coded messages almost every day. These messages intrigued the users of Reddit so much that another subreddit was made in an attempt to decode the messages, and it’s called Solving_A858.
The messages appear to be written in a numerical notation called hexadecimal. Thousands have attempted to crack the codes, but the messages and the person behind them are still a mystery.
The Cicada 3301 is one of the most mysterious posts on 4chan.org, an image board Web site. On January 5, 2012, one user posted a black-and-white image on a board with the following message:
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 look forward to meeting the few that will make it all the way through. Good luck. 3301″
The Internet went crazy trying to find the hidden message within the picture. Joel Eriksson, a computer analyst from Sweden, discovered the message. He knew it was digital steganography, which is defined as the art or practice of concealing a message, image, or file within another message, image, or file.
The decoded message was about Tiberius Claudius Caesar and some meaningless letters. Eriksson found it was a cipher system used by Julius Caesar in his private correspondence. From that, he found a new Web address that had another clue, and the trail continued. Each clue progressively got more difficult to solve, and nobody was sure that all the puzzles were worked out.
A month after the original puzzle, a new message was posted on 4chan.org saying, “We have now found the individuals we sought. Thus our month-long journey ends.” No one knows who is behind the puzzles or what happens to those who solve every puzzle. Some theorize that it’s a recruitment method for spy organizations like the MI6 or CIA, but no one really knows.
One thing is certain: Cicada 3301 isn’t just one person posting a practical joke on the Internet. Some of the puzzles lead the participants to offline tasks and require them to find people at specific coordinates around the globe including Russia, Japan, France, South Korea, Poland, and the USA. That means that Cicada 3301 is a large, well-funded, global organization.
Every year since 2012, Cicada 3301 has posted a new puzzle on January 5. A new game begins, but no one hears a word from the winners after they solve all the puzzles. We can only assume that the winners are sworn to secrecy.
The Deep Web
The third mystery is the Deep Web and the Dark Web. The two are often confused for one another as neither of them are indexed by bots. Social media and other web sites you log onto every day are just a very small part of the Internet. Around 80 percent of the Internet is not on any search engine and thus the Deep Web can only be accessed using fee-based databases.
Another part of the Internet that cannot readily be accessed is called the Dark Web. It contains a lot of criminal type activity such as you might find in a black market. Just about any illegal and shady thing you can imagine exists on the Dark Web and can only be accessed using special software like Tor.
The deep web sounds mysterious, but there is something even deeper. It’s called Mariana’s Web, and it’s named after the deepest ocean trench on earth. Mariana’s Web is a hidden level of the Internet so deep that nobody has been able to access it.
Mariana’s Web supposedly contains some of the world’s best kept secrets, including the location of Atlantis. It’s an Internet version of the Vatican secret archives. Some say it is the home of a super intelligent computer that overlooks and controls the entire Internet.
To access Mariana’s Web, you must use Polymeric Facighol Derivation, which is a high-level mathematics function that needs quantum computers to work. Quantum computers do not exist yet, so this level of the Web is only rumored to exist and is most likely a hoax.
The YouTube channel Webdriver Torso started in September 2013. Almost every minute, a new 11-second video is uploaded on the channel. Every video contains a series of blue and red shapes and beeping sounds.
Some big companies took an interest and even had code breakers attempting to figure out the purpose of Webdriver Torso. There were some who said it was a modern numbers station, which was used in the Cold War to send messages to spies. Some also thought that the video clips are from aliens.
In June 2014, it was discovered to be a test account maintained by Google. There was nothing malicious about the YouTube channel. Skeptics still believe it was a cover-up by Google, and Webdriver Torso may have an alternative motive.