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PleasureKevin
Jan 2, 2011

rip steve jobs
iOS 1 - iOS 7


Someone on the IRC, wtfspencer, tried calling one of the Agent Systems, but spoofed his number so it looked like he was calling from the other Agent System. He got through to the system, but the Agent Code was "compromised" said the message. Then the Agent System called HIM back and asked for an Agent Code. Could just be all glitchy. Notably, it was condition code "blue".

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tindal
May 13, 2012


PleasureKevin posted:

Someone on the IRC, wtfspencer, tried calling one of the Agent Systems, but spoofed his number so it looked like he was calling from the other Agent System. He got through to the system, but the Agent Code was "compromised" said the message. Then the Agent System called HIM back and asked for an Agent Code. Could just be all glitchy. Notably, it was condition code "blue".

That's really spooky. What's the IRC channel?

EDIT: Nvm

ReidRansom
Oct 25, 2004


Feranon posted:

Somebody posted it on a tinfoiler forum called godlikeproductions last November:

http://www.godlikeproductions.com/f...sage1702191/pg1

e: it was saying slightly different stuff back then apparently, "condition blue" or some poo poo

Just so you know, that is literally Kyoon. Like I'm pretty sure that is actually his site.

e: or maybe he was just posting there. I dunno. But it was linked in like every single post he made in LF

invision
Mar 2, 2009

I DIDN'T GET ENOUGH RAPE LAST TIME, MAY I HAVE SOME MORE?


PleasureKevin posted:

Someone on the IRC, wtfspencer, tried calling one of the Agent Systems, but spoofed his number so it looked like he was calling from the other Agent System. He got through to the system, but the Agent Code was "compromised" said the message. Then the Agent System called HIM back and asked for an Agent Code. Could just be all glitchy. Notably, it was condition code "blue".

He lied. that never happened.

Magnus Gallant
Mar 9, 2010

I pee standing up like a big boy!


invision posted:

He lied. that never happened.

You know this?

ymgve
Jan 2, 2004




He pasted http://picosong.com/wTHt/ as the "recording" of his phone call and wrote this:
02:58 <wtfspenser> HEY, I wanted everyone to be alittle excited.
02:58 <wtfspenser> It's been boring in here.

invision
Mar 2, 2009

I DIDN'T GET ENOUGH RAPE LAST TIME, MAY I HAVE SOME MORE?


Magnus Gallant posted:

You know this?

Yes.

Average Bear
Apr 4, 2010

wake up.

Reading into it, it would seem this is supposed to be about a ship catching fire (presumably from a Russian MIG), with a ship codenamed "PAYLD" (bad idea for a codename) following it. I would think that would be some sort of scout team followed by a nuclear sub in a fairly standard "get subs under the Arctic to shoot Russia just in case" maneuver. But it hit the fan because it possibly got attacked by a Mig. Combined with the lovely satellite images of the north pole (that's where nukes would fly over), the ARG is probably aiming at some doomsday stuff.

So I dunno if this is real or not. It's really well done, but screams "ARG" because of the use of dead drops and coded public telephone numbers. I especially like the guy who got the library dead drop took pictures of some old dude at his computer "listening to sound bites" . He doesn't scream "G-man" to me: http://i.imgur.com/hMIde.jpg

or maybe thats gaben and well learn of the borealis soon

Average Bear fucked around with this message at Oct 1, 2012 around 02:46

PleasureKevin
Jan 2, 2011

rip steve jobs
iOS 1 - iOS 7


Announcement Due to some very unfortunate abuse by the mods of the IRC we are trying to move things to #arg on freenode.

Average Bear posted:

Reading into it, it would seem this is supposed to be about a ship catching fire (presumably from a Russian MIG), with a ship codenamed "PAYLD" (bad idea for a codename) following it. I would think that would be some sort of scout team followed by a nuclear sub in a fairly standard "get subs under the Arctic to shoot Russia just in case" maneuver. But it hit the fan because it possibly got attacked by a Mig. Combined with the lovely satellite images of the north pole (that's where nukes would fly over), the ARG is probably aiming at some doomsday stuff.

There's also theories about some outer space stuff. Talk of velocities of 11000+, "re-entry", etc. These outer-space missiles seem to be referred to as d and q. Launch of q was delayed when d failed due to not "melting". So for some reason these missile have to melt? We could have been way off on that line of thinking.

invision
Mar 2, 2009

I DIDN'T GET ENOUGH RAPE LAST TIME, MAY I HAVE SOME MORE?


Someone posted some poo poo that they thought was data from one of those sound files. I looked at the letters and realized that they corresponded to keys on a phone pad. I came up with a phone number (422 364 3226) and then a while later someone came in, posted binary, then left the channel. It decoded to:

quote:

I bring a clue from me to you. Four two two three six four three two two six, you must unscamble the phone number quick. This isn't a game, you kids are working with oversea specialist, to see how secure a line can remain while being open to the public. The information about nuclear tankers is catastrophic news that will only be revealed when your search has been completed. This is your last hint. Don't go to the authorities yet. For proof, tomorrow October 1st there will be a deadly attack that will spark mass speculation. Keep your eyes open.


So basically, what in the gently caress?

e:possibly a troll

invision fucked around with this message at Oct 1, 2012 around 05:18

LARD LORD
Oct 28, 2006

BEEP BOOP;
10 SET.COLORMODE(CGA);
20 LIFT "A_WEIGHT";
30 GOTO 20;




poo poo just got interesting.

PleasureKevin
Jan 2, 2011

rip steve jobs
iOS 1 - iOS 7


invision posted:

e:possibly a troll

Pretty much exactly.

Godholio
Aug 28, 2002

tighten up tone down tuen thuen

invision posted:

I think someone contacted the FBI, but I'm not sure.

Since when does the FBI give a poo poo about car accidents?

If this was a real crash there are records.

Edit: And things have moved into WWIII territory...

Godholio fucked around with this message at Oct 1, 2012 around 06:40

Inzombiac
Mar 19, 2007
I need sleep more than braaaaaaains...

I've read what information I can get a hold of but is there a decent synopsis and timeline of events?

Crunk Abortion
Mar 5, 2009

Young based lord and I look like JESUS


This kind of stuff totally scratches my paranoia itch, but I'm really hesitant to get involved because ARG's by definition all end in some sort of "BE SURE TO DRINK MORE OVALTINE" style kick to the balls.

That being said, I called the Colorado number at 3am and now I'm waiting for g-men to kick my doors in

Revitalized
Sep 13, 2007

A free custom title is a free custom title

Crunk Abortion posted:

This kind of stuff totally scratches my paranoia itch, but I'm really hesitant to get involved because ARG's by definition all end in some sort of "BE SURE TO DRINK MORE OVALTINE" style kick to the balls.

That being said, I called the Colorado number at 3am and now I'm waiting for g-men to kick my doors in

That's the worst feeling I called the number earlier before I had to go take a walk in the pitch black night and suddenly became all

Ularg
Mar 2, 2010

Just tell me I'm beautiful.

As much as this interests me I'm trying so bad not to make the "Oh hey, it's 2012, remember?" kinda connection. Because... well goddamn I've been waiting to see if something would loving happen.

Tarranon
Oct 10, 2007


Half Life 3 has actually been finished for years, Valve was just waiting for someone to stumble across the ARG before releasing it.

Bolian Blues
Nov 3, 2008


I know this isn't some CIA poo poo, but isn't it possible that this is some kind of much lower level espionage ring affiliated with some inconsequential country? Like Belarus or Uzbekistan or something. Either that or it's one off the most baffling and not-obviously-advertising ARGs I've ever seen.

Fake Edit: Or maybe corporate espionage? The shipping stuff might suggest that.

Bolian Blues fucked around with this message at Oct 1, 2012 around 09:17

Ninja Rope
Oct 22, 2005

Wee.


Why would any actually legit spies, corporate or otherwise, make available both the encrypted data and the key? Why would they use simple substitution ciphers? It's just a game, but that doesn't mean it can't be fun.

I Wish I Was
Dec 11, 2006

I saw this at the bookshop and thought of you.


Revitalized posted:

That's the worst feeling I called the number earlier before I had to go take a walk in the pitch black night and suddenly became all

About one minute after I opened this thread a helicopter started circling my neighborhood with search lights. It took just about every ounce of willpower to not shut my browser and go huddle under the covers with my husband.

Still circling... indeed.

Mr Underhill
Feb 14, 2012


This is apparently 'confirmed' on the /x/ thread here:

Link to pasted long convo

excerpt posted:

<Rogue Agent> They are locating and retrieving an object.
<Rogue Agent> The object was placed there by Russia in 2007.
<Rogue Agent> http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dy...7080601369.html

Feranon
Sep 10, 2011

People were less prepared for a double juggalo presidency than they ever imagined.


Mr Underhill posted:

This is apparently 'confirmed' on the /x/ thread here:

Link to pasted long convo

"Rogue Agent" is probably a troll too. Although I'd love to know what the russians supposedly left at the north pole five years ago. Nukes for a real-life doomsday machine that melts the icecap?

We cannot afford a doomsday gap!

Ularg
Mar 2, 2010

Just tell me I'm beautiful.

So there was a timer that ended on the 27th, and someone came in all "Something bad is going to happen on October 1st". Anything on either of those, yet?

Mr Underhill
Feb 14, 2012


By now, the bad thing happening on the 1st apparently was debunked as trolling.

Feranon
Sep 10, 2011

People were less prepared for a double juggalo presidency than they ever imagined.


Ularg posted:

So there was a timer that ended on the 27th, and someone came in all "Something bad is going to happen on October 1st". Anything on either of those, yet?

The countdown that was supposed to end on the 27th was suspended and hasn't resumed:

QLAUN CHDLY DQQQQ INSPE CTING DFORD AMAGE

"Q launch delayed QQQQ inspecting D for damage"

no idea what "D" is but it's apparently something that launches

Feranon fucked around with this message at Oct 1, 2012 around 15:38

Barack HUSSEIN
Mar 20, 2003

Screams from the haters, got a nice ring to it

I guess every superhero need his theme music


OTP refers to the critically acclaimed music video for the song OTP (One Term President) by the young up and comings The Wolverines:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MddREczVeL4

dougdrums
Feb 25, 2005

MORTAL KOMB---
Uh, never mind. You're basically tonguing a nuke's butthole right now.


I thought icebreakers could go to the north pole on their own. I might be mistaken though.

SquadronROE
Mar 18, 2012

In the Grim Darkness of the Future, there is only war.

...and delicious ice cream.


The mystery deepens. A dude got on the channel and claimed to have a contact at NOAA, so he was gonna get him to check the imagery to see if there was a convoy at all around the north pole.

Apparently, according to this dude, all the imagery has been "sealed off" since the 11th.

Crow_Rodeo
Oct 3, 2007

Trust Me


Things are gonna be really weird when we find out that because of things like wikileaks, the NSA and CIA decided that letting nerds do their espionage the same way they tool with linux is actually much more efficient and that this was all a cost cutting scheme by the US government.

Feranon
Sep 10, 2011

People were less prepared for a double juggalo presidency than they ever imagined.


SquadronROE posted:

The mystery deepens. A dude got on the channel and claimed to have a contact at NOAA, so he was gonna get him to check the imagery to see if there was a convoy at all around the north pole.

Apparently, according to this dude, all the imagery has been "sealed off" since the 11th.


That's interesting if true, but it's probably still just more of the same unverifiable "I know a guy who knows stuff" trolling/gamejacking.

dougdrums
Feb 25, 2005

MORTAL KOMB---
Uh, never mind. You're basically tonguing a nuke's butthole right now.


Actually, is there anyone with a landline that can record that buzzing phone number at something better that 8 KHz?

Tarranon
Oct 10, 2007


Feranon posted:

That's interesting if true, but it's probably still just more of the same unverifiable "I know a guy who knows stuff" trolling/gamejacking.

Seriously, are ARGs always stuffed with these trolls and their "leads" or is this one special because its nature is so inscrutable?

Feranon
Sep 10, 2011

People were less prepared for a double juggalo presidency than they ever imagined.


Tarranon posted:

Seriously, are ARGs always stuffed with these trolls and their "leads" or is this one special because its nature is so inscrutable?

Nah this happens a lot, especially with "homegrown" ARGs that aren't trying to sell something. It's commonly referred to as gamejacking, where someone creative goes to a lot of trouble putting a game together and a bunch of fans try to pick it apart and solve it, and then some attention-seeking kid comes along and drops false clues and tries to derail the whole thing into their bullshit. Fortunately it's pretty easy to spot.

Air Julio
Oct 9, 2005

forever flying, forever


^^Also, that too.

Tarranon posted:

Seriously, are ARGs always stuffed with these trolls and their "leads" or is this one special because its nature is so inscrutable?

Usually, in an ARG, the "leads" are actually good hints planted by people responsible for running the game. Who knows what's goin on here, though. The mystery here is very exciting. Really curious to see where this goes.

SquadronROE
Mar 18, 2012

In the Grim Darkness of the Future, there is only war.

...and delicious ice cream.


Pretty sure that dude was lying. NASA's feeds still show pictures just fine. Back to the grind trying to figure out the key for that encrypted file.

EDIT: The plot thickens! Now we've got a new CD from Silent Blue Hill.

https://docs.google.com/folder/d/0B...k9uYUQwaG8/edit

Still nothing more on getting them decoded though.

SquadronROE fucked around with this message at Oct 1, 2012 around 19:40

Zelmel
Sep 17, 2004

O brain new world, that has such ganglia in't!


SquadronROE posted:

Pretty sure that dude was lying. NASA's feeds still show pictures just fine. Back to the grind trying to figure out the key for that encrypted file.

EDIT: The plot thickens! Now we've got a new CD from Silent Blue Hill.

https://docs.google.com/folder/d/0B...k9uYUQwaG8/edit

Still nothing more on getting them decoded though.

Has anyone tried running some sort of basic dictionary/common password brute force against this, or is it just individuals doing occasional checks as they think of it?

SquadronROE
Mar 18, 2012

In the Grim Darkness of the Future, there is only war.

...and delicious ice cream.


Zelmel posted:

Has anyone tried running some sort of basic dictionary/common password brute force against this, or is it just individuals doing occasional checks as they think of it?

Yeah, someone is running one on a mediocre environment right now. It's up to 5 characters, I think? There's not much processing power behind it, so it's going slowly.

Winkle-Daddy
Mar 10, 2007


SquadronROE posted:

Yeah, someone is running one on a mediocre environment right now. It's up to 5 characters, I think? There's not much processing power behind it, so it's going slowly.

That would be my co-worker. If anyone has better h/w, please have at it!

edit: we were letting trueCrack generate passphrases, a-z,0-9 but it took like 30+ hours to get to only 5 characters, each taking exponentially longer. We figured a dictionary attack would be better; have a 40gb dictionary file running against the volume now; but who knows how long it will take.

edit 2: VVV Best thing to do is join the IRC.

Winkle-Daddy fucked around with this message at Oct 1, 2012 around 20:55

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Soricidus
Oct 20, 2010


That 3233 thing is intriguing. Is there a record somewhere of what people have already tried?

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