Someone received a message with a link to a strange website on the Internet (shocker!).  This site proved to be more nebulous than your average spam ad involving morse code, hidden html, and other peculiarities yet to be found.

Below is the discussion from the Reddit post that started the investigation.  Can you solve the mystery?

Original Post

A friend of mine got a strange website in the mail leading her to this website. So far all we got is THE OTHERS ARE WATCHING and that’s it. Thanks!!


Followup Discussions


the others are watching. their presence corrupts you, their lies mislead you, their barriers block you. break these barriers, and you shall be bathed in the radiant light of the truth. the first half of your code is xj4. this page holds more than it seems. good luck.

That’s how I cpi, the xj4 bit my wife started talking to me so I grabbed what I thought I heard. /r/the_colonelclink may have that part right.


Yeah I got: / …– —– —-. / after the code, so I’m still banking on 309. Something I’ve discovered is the ‘title’ of the page, appears to be hidden and is a 64 character long… hex code maybe? That’s as far as my knowledge goes.


Might have to listen again… it’s nice and slow, so easy to copy… but when someone’s talking to you it messes me up. Pretty sure I heard an x in there.

edit: Nope, you’re absolutely correct… just went and re-listened and it’s definitely 309. Whatever that means…


Another small discovery: If you ‘Select all’ the ‘Copy’ and ‘Paste’, you get the number 710. Searching for this number in the ‘inspect element’ you see it’s ID is = truth…


if you look at the html, the first comment is an ascii hand

111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111 111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111 111111111111111111111110001111110111111111111111111111 111111111111111111111100000111000011111111111111111111 111111111111111111110000000110000011111111111111111111 111111111100011111100000001100000011111111111111111111 111111110000001111000000011000000111111100111111111111 111111100000001111000000110000001111110000011111111111 111111100000011110000001100000011111100000011111111111 111111000000111100000001000000111111000000011111111111 111110000001111000000010000001111100000000111111111111 111100000011110000000100000001111000000001111111111111 111000000111100000000000000011100000000111111111111111 111000001111000000010000000111000000001111111111111111 110000001110000000100000011100000000111111111111111111 100000011000000000100000011000000000111111111111111111 100000000000000000000000110000000011111111111111111111 000000000000000000000000000000000111111111111111111111 000000000000000000000000000000001111111111111111111111 000000000000000000000000000000011111111111111111111111 000000000000000000000000000000111111111111111111111111 000000000000000000000000000011111111111111111111111111 000000000000000000000000000011111111110000000011111111 000000000000000000000000000111111110000000000000111111 000000000000000000000000000111110000000000000000111111 000000000000000000000000000111000000000000011111111111 000000000000000000000000000000000000000111111111111111 000000000000000000000000000000000000111111111111111111 000000000000000000000000000000000011111111111111111111 000000000000000000000000000000000111111111111111111111 000000000000000000000000000000011111111111111111111111 000000000000000000000000000001111111111111111111111111 000000000000000000000000011111111111111111111111111111 000000000000000000001111111111111111111111111111111111 000000000000001111111111111111111111111111111111111111 000000000000011111111111111111111111111111111111111111


Here’s where your 710 “truth” comes from:

            setTimeout(function(){ document.getElementById("truth").innerHTML = "710"; }, 16000);

            var camera, scene, renderer;
            var video, videoTexture,videoMaterial;
            var composer;
            var shaderTime = 0;
            var badTVParams, badTVPass;
            var staticParams, staticPass;
            var rgbParams, rgbPass;
            var filmParams, filmPass;
            var renderPass, copyPass;
            var gui;
            var pnoise, globalParams;



Thank you SO MUCH to you and /u/the_colonelclink. This is great! What an awesome sub.


Okay you’re turn, what the hell is it from?! ?

edit: Oh dear…

A friend of mine got a strange website in the mail leading her to this website.

Don’t ever follow strange websites in your mail! While this time it’s been fun, this is how bad things happen.


Even more scarier… if you domain search the website; it’s blocked. Whoever owns the website, doesn’t want anyone figuring out.


Yeah, that’s definitely the first bit. I think the next bit may be wrong. Having said that, if you inspect the element on the page, there is an ASCII art hand, if that’s a clue to something?


Yeah, we saw that part. I don’t quite know what to make of it


Alright, so I bothered to delve a bit more into it, and now I’m genuinely intrigued. The message as (probably poorly) decoded by me is as follows:

The others are watching. Their presence corrupts you, their lies mislead you, their barriers block you. Break these barriers, and you shall be bathed in the radiant light of the truth. The first half of your code is 309. This page holds more than it seems. Good luck.