Released: 04/16/2019

Found: Yes

The Bismuth Key

Geostationary Orbit

These three keys begin my Hunt. The first of one thousand, they are hidden in locations around the earth, in places where many dwell and one with only a small number of inhabitants. These locations can be discovered by monitoring the output of the primitive orbitals known in your time as GALAXY18, EUTELSAT 113, TELSTAR 11N, and TELSTAR18V at 1PM EST, APRIL 14th in the year 2019. If you can collect these keys and then go on to find 397 of their companions, a great treasure will be yours. This treasure is not jewels or gold or the debased pieces of paper that pass for money in this sad Age; instead, it is Bitcoin, a digital treasure forged from deep cryptographic truths.

This is not history’s first great hunt, nor its last, but it is MINE, and so it is to me that you must prove yourself. I have devised a series of puzzles and challenges of increasing difficulty; they will test even the most resourceful hunter or clan. The rules of my hunt can be found here. Good luck.

The Journey

We were supposed to wait until April 17th to get clues from the other cities for key #002 and #003 but that didn’t stop hacker John Cantrell from digging around. He changed the /k1 in the URL to /k2 and /k3 and found those links existed but /k4 did not but they requested passwords for decryption. After reviewing the page source, he realized the password was a client-side encryption and decided that since k1’s password was ‘cosmos’, it just might be 2 more English words. He wrote a program to try encrypt every single word in the dictionary until the result matched the actual encryption on the k2 and k3 pages. https://satoshistreasure.xyz/k2 turned out to be ‘cosmos’.

Conclusion:

– Key Fragment # 002 –
ST-0002-708e558bec86c4222185c944e92b15d1c83298a7e0697682b8904371b506eae7216be45c662ce73710cf5247f4381b2971cf9014

Metamessage: THIS KEY IS DIGITAL TREASURE, A PRECIOUS . FRAGMENT OF AN ANCIENT KEY WHICH UNLOCKS . UNTOLD RICHES. STORE IT SOMEWHERE SAFE . UNTIL YOU CAN FIND 399 MORE

Quote: “The answer lies in your heart,” the clue said. A metaphor, we all thought. But no — there it was, inside my left ventricle, embroidered neatly in super-fine polymer. That’s when I realized we were dealing with rift tech. That’s when I got scared. (Agnes Von Zeller, The Forgotten Hunt: An Oral History)