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1BTC for the lucky solver of this puzzle!

26 may 2018, 12:23

Once in a while some cryptoenthusiasts release various treasure hunts, puzzles and riddles or simple hacking contests for users to win large amounts of Bitcoins. Recently, an user called 'cryptogreetings', posted a mysterious picture on Bitcoin subreddit (/r/Bitcoin), claiming that there is a hidden message about how to get access to a wallet with 1BTC, which is currently worth roughly around $7500, but could be easily worth $8000 or even $9000 in couple of days or weeks. Not to mention, that decoding such picture in all time highs could earn the winner almost $20,000.

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The riddle

'cryptogreetings' puzzle:

1BTC for the lucky solver of this puzzle!

The image consists of various words taken from Satoshi Nakomoto's whitepaper. "This work is comprised of Satoshi Nakamoto's famous whitepaper words, scaled by Log N. Disparate ideas inspired Satoshi to create a solution to revolutionize modern socio-economics and industry. The work reflects on the elements that brought this technology to life, and challenges the underlying security model. Hidden in plain sight lies something more: a treasure hunt. 1 BTC is concealed within the work."

One can also check the wallet to ensure that the price is waiting there for the lucky winner.

Speculations and hints

While many users claim that it's almost impossible to solve this, as the choice of potential options is too large to compute, there are people who are beginning to notice some correlations. One of the users has written: "I don't even understand where to begin with solving this puzzle", while Redditor Zyntra posted:
"Some stuff I noticed so far:
- Some words start with a capital, when other words dont.
- Many words and math, but some letters just stand alone. You can find a C, W, M. Some digits are single as well
- There’s a number crossed out by some icon on the bottom right of the big Bitcoin B. I don’t know if or what that icon means though.
- There’s quite a bit of open space in the top right corner, given how filled the rest of the image is.
- Some numbers make sense as a part of math or whitepaper references. But the longer numbers make no sense to me, theyre not dates or references to the whitepaper, like 19981101"

Cosim15 has focused on the possible clues:
"First off, I think, that the picture does not have the seed words to the bitcoin address. Even if it does, it might not be systemically linked together, rather than scattered across.
Second clue: Think in pairs.
Third clue: code easily, attack early.
Fifth clue: 00212121
Sixth and ninth clue: Try +1, -1
Eitht bonus clue: To triumph, one must look within. To infinity, and beyond. When you are close to home, X marks the spot.
These coincidences leave me to believe, that the picture is a an encrypted map of the private key. If so, I believe, that if the picture would be decrypted with the ECDSA curve OR SOMETHING IN THAT NATURE PERHAPS, you could find the private key, or at least come closer to it."

Apart from the main prize of 1BTC, there may be also some side prizes and bonuses, as the creator has written: "There’s also some consolation prizes scattered in there, but let’s not even talk about those for now ;)"

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