Satoshi Treasure John Cantrell
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Coder obtains “Satoshi’s Treasure” first 3 keys within minutes

The first 3 keys of the BTC treasure have been revealed.

Satoshi’s Treasure is a new alternate reality game that has multiple hidden keys leading to a $1 million prize in Bitcoin. Players across the globe have to collaborate and improvise in order to obtain the secret keys. This is like a Bitcoin version of Ready Player One (Ernest Cline’s book). Players from different cities will form teams which will rank on the leaderboard.

The keys to this bitcoin wallet were divided into 1,000 fragments, requiring a minimum of 400 key fragments to move the funds. Players can collect and unravel clues any way they want, even selling leads if they choose. So far, more than 6,000 people have signed up for the game’s mailing list for key updates.

The first clues were released through Blockstream’s satellite as mentioned by notgrubles.

Even though many people were trying to find some clues, one coder managed to get all 3 first keys within minutes. Here’s how:

The clues were supposed to be found in real-life locations but John Cantrell managed to obtain the 2 keys through hacking.

By scanning a QR code found by another hunter in a city and using the password ‘orbital’ he managed to obtain the first key.

Key Fragment #1

He was supposed to wait until April 17 when the next city would be revealed, but he kept on searching. He discovered that besides the link for the first key, https://satoshistreasure.xyz/k1, there were also /k2 and /k3 URLs for keys #2 & #3. Then he looked into the congratulation page’s source code. He discovered that the keys were encrypted with SHA256, so he tried to brute force it by importing english words to execute a dictionary attack. A few seconds later, the decryptedHMAC keywords for #2 & #3 keys were revealed:

Passphrase for K1 is orbital
Passphrase for K2 is cosmos
Passphrase for K3 is blackhole
Key Fragment #2
Key Fragment #3

You can see the detailed analysis by @johncantrell97 in his GitHub page here.

Stay tuned for more updates, from ‘Satoshi’s Treasure’ hidden keys hunt.


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