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Satoshi’s $1 Million Bitcoin Treasure Hunt Hits Blockstream Satellite

Satoshi's  Million Bitcoin Treasure Hunt Hits Blockstream Satellite

Another Bitcoin treasure hunt is on the way, this time worth USD I million in the flagship cryptocurrency.

Satoshi’s Treasure, designed to “test the resolve, courage, intelligence, and savvy [sic] of would-be hunters”, has been launched through a broadcast to the Blockstream Satellite this week enabling gamesters, hunters and would be millionaires the chance to own 198 BTC at current rates.

The last of such hunts was set in France in January this year when French crypto artist Pascal Boyart hid the public keys to a USD 1,000 in BTC prize in his mural based on Delacroix’s original “Liberty Leading the People” in honor of yellow vest protesters standing up against government cuts in streets of Paris.

The anonymous gamemaster on this occasion has lifted the stakes considerably suggesting that they will provide clues to the one million dollar reward on the website satoshistreasure.xyz with the three magic keys to come. A message reads:

“What you are reading is the first clue in a grand Hunt. It is not the first Hunt, nor of course will it be the last one, but the hunt is MINE, and so it is to me that you must prove yourself.”

The challenge of Satoshi’s Treasure is to find just 400 out of a thousand pieces of the Bitcoin stash’s private key referring to this process as the “splitting magic of the wizard Shamir”, a method employed by Israeli cryptographer Adi Shamir who is said to have originally invented the secret key sharing mechanism, rather than to a magical spell in Lord of the Rings.

The first three keys will be provided over the next three days at three different locations across the globe according to the initial message.  Those solving the riddle using Shamir’s “spell of recombination”, the gamemaster assures his followers, “the treasure will be irrevocably yours”.

 

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Paris Mural Bitcoin Puzzle Solved

Paris Mural Bitcoin Puzzle Solved

French crypto artist Pascal Boyart‘s Bitcoin competition came to an end yesterday when two diligent participants cracked the code, winning USD 1,000 in BTC.

Boyart set the challenge seven days ago hiding the public keys to the BTC in his mural based on Delacroix’s original “Liberty Leading the People” in honor of yellow vest protesters standing up against government cuts in streets of Paris. The art was located at 156 rue d’Aubervilliers.

Boyart is well known in the cryptosphere thanks to a graffiti mural he painted last year that included a QR code connected to his Bitcoin wallet so people could make donations to him. His initiative reportedly earned him USD 1,000 from donors. Boyart Retweeted yesterday that two winners had stepped forward and claimed the Bitcoin after discovering the 12 hidden seed phrases hidden in the mural revealing them the private key:

Deux personnes ont percé le mystère de la fresque «#Giletsjaunes» réalisée par PBOY. Ils ont trouvé la clé privée composée de 12 mots et débloqué 0,2891 #BTC, soit environ 890€ au cours actuel :https://t.co/9yBYDwBkTB

— Cryptonaute (@cryptonaute_fr) January 14, 2019

The answer

The inscriptions that are revealed with black light:

In the fluorescent inscriptions, ATOUT, JPAVFLU, Y29uZHVpcmU=, dHJpb21waGU=, mq+cC6Ax2+8R8LAnEWgQnA ==

The first two words are encoded in Caesar cipher. With respectively a shift of 20 and 19, therefore =union citizen The next two are Base64 encoded= lead triumph

And the last two are encrypted in 128bit AES with unlock key that was communicated to those who had found the fluorescent writings. This key is: 03012009 (Genesis Bitcoin Block Date in EU order).

Once deciphered, the code is + horizon yellow = “banker usury lie people fight hope union citizen lead triumph horizon yellow”.

 

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Paris Graffiti Artist Sets Cryptic Crypto Challenge

Paris Graffiti Artist Sets Cryptic Crypto Challenge

French graffiti artist Pascal Boyart is back with another Bitcoin conundrum, this time embedding the clues to a USD 1,000 price in his latest work “La liberté guidant le peuple 2019”.

Boyart says that the prize hidden somewhere in the art is the public wallet address containing BTC 0.28492509 (USD 1,150 at time of writing). The only trick is to find it. Others are now suggesting that donors put more in to make it a more worthwhile dip into the unknown.

Boyart is well known in the cryptosphere thanks to a graffiti mural he painted last year that included a QR code connected to his Bitcoin wallet so people could make donations to him. His initiative reportedly earned him USD 1,000 from donors.

At the end of last year, the crypto lover and artist organized a Paris exhibition where artists were given the mission to hide Bitcoin symbols within their work somewhere not easily visible to surprise buyers and attendees. Collaborating artists were given the challenge to identify how Bitcoin changes the relationship between artist and audience, and identify how it could liberate creative expressions.

One of the most significant blockchain developments in the art community is the ability it gives creators and buyers to track and prove ownership over pieces of work. Such events, according to Boyart, offer artists a unique opportunity for creative minds to explore how exactly the emerging technologies of blockchain and cryptocurrency may influence the art world.

Boyart’s latest challenge is hidden within the mural which is based on Delacroix’s original Revolutionary commentary of its day, Liberty Leading the People, but the artist is giving nothing away, saying, “…it’s up to you to find the wall and the solution to the puzzle.”

 

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