Great Big Story

Great Big Story sends investigative journalist Bryan Burrough to (un)cover Cicada. Through solver interviews and consultation with cryptanalysis experts, this 4-part series [~20min each] is the most extensive and well-produced documentary currently available on 3301 / Cicada.

Episode 1

Marcus Wanner and Nox Populi, prominent ‘winners’ of previous 3301 rounds, walk Great Big Story through the basics — diving headfirst into the world of Cicada and bringing the mysterious phenomenon to a broad new audience.
Onecool gives watchers an overview of the Liber Primus.

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 2 brings us to Germany to hear the rundown on currently known Liber Primus status from BrotherBox and Onon, important members of the solving community.
Bryan Burrough gets an inside look at a real Enigma Machine at the historical Bletchley Park.
Onecool connects with Craig Bauer, a world-class former NSA cryptanalyst to discuss cipher attack vectors.
Nox Populi meets and collaborates with Elonka Dunin, expert on CIA crypto-challenge Kryptos

Episode 2

Episode 3

2012 round winner Marcus Wanner sits down with Bryan Burrough to discuss what really happens when you win.
NSA Technical Director Neal Ziring provides perspective on modern cryptography landscape and culture.
NSA crypto expert Craig Bauer gets more detailed with the solving team in an online chat.

Shadow Walker, a digital warrior, lays out why archival is important to Cicada solving and society at large.

Episode 3

Episode 4

The gang meets up in person, traveling to DEFCON to seek out collaborators and mack on cute crypto girls.
Nox, Marcus, and Onecool reflect on the current state of the community and what it may take to solve Liber Primus.
Bryan Burrough explores the topic of Cypherpunks, a very plausible origin story for the Cicada group.
(A) Cicada reveals itself to the group πŸ˜‰

Episode 4

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