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Hey everyone - cybourgeoisie here (solver for LTC segwit puzzle, designer of an unsolved ETH puzzle).

We have a pretty robust puzzle solving community in the Neon District Discord, and we'd love to welcome anyone to it. The community of solvers includes Coin Artist, Zden, Cloverme, ARGSS and pretty much every solver and creator of the past few years.

Join us here: https://discord.gg/bTTWpDB
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October 08, 2018, 08:32:25 PM
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I won't even try to solve this as I'm an idiot (I could have enough money from crypto for few years but I sold instead hodling etc.) but I found this very interesting:
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On top of this I too received all those free airdrops and I decided it would be fun to make someone else happy with it. Bitcoin already changed my life. Almost a year later, this bitcoin challenge was born. Yes most, not all, of the 310 BTC offer comes from free airdrops.
Wow man, these had to be hell of airdrops  Shocked
Best regards to my family, everyone involved and all good people
^^^ in case this topic is in TV  Cheesy

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This is my first experiment and I will probably launch a few more challenges in the future.

Wow

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SEARCH NO FURTHER (through the threads) to get up to speed on this incredibly mind bending and thrilling challenge.

I’ve read through the 310 BTC Challenge Reddit and Bitcointalk threads in their entirety and gathered info from a discord group I’m in, while trying to share value myself.  I’ve recorded a list of theories, clues, tools and such for solving this.

Pip said, “Hints will come if I don't see progress.” And, “Don't expect to find it in just a few hours or days but if you do, you're very good!”


I suspect there are things on the image to lead people astray and the answer may be perhaps right under our eyes. 

Here’s a list of possible clues or pieces to the puzzle I’ve gathered:

•   Pip says it can only PARTLY be solved by printing the image, not using software – was stated by the creator of the challenge as his first HINT – I think for much of this you need a computer, and the “partly” part seems to be minimal.  Especially being as you need to check the hash or any mnemonic phrase.  It seems that hidden Bitcoin are only to be found by techy genius dudes.  No fair!  Can we have a real treasure hunt?  Maybe put it in cold storage where people have to find map coordinates to find it.  Wait!  Are there map coordinates in this image?  Lol

•   One user said: “I believe that the creator hid the 4 payloads in the picture which require all sorts of trickery [i.e. image extraction experienced – messing with layers and RGB and jazz] to find but the keys to unlock these payloads are all in plain sight.”  I like this theory!!

•   Creator calls himself “Pip” – may be a reference to this but likely not: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/nov/20/did-you-solve-it-this-apple-teaser-is-hard-core

•   310 is significant.  It is the number of Bitcoins in the wallet and written by hand on the image.  Line 310 of the alpha layer of the image has the binary string seen here: https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/498650463021826087/498736944189145089/binary_string.jpg

•   You can create your own using this: https://www.xnview.com/en/xnviewmp/ Open the original image and go to >Image>Map>Normalize, then go to >Image>Extract Channel>Alpha Or you can use this method with GIMP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63ltk3OcTq8 Or with Photoshop: https://imgur.com/a/KBzcrkU

•   People have speculated there is more than one binary string: “the 840 last LSB are a perfect match of the alpha layer base 64” – this is found in the grid with red pixels.  Another user said, “the bitstring hidden in the alpha channel is double base 64 encoded. So there might be different bases to use to solve the entire puzzle.”  Another user stated, “…the smaller string is included in the bigger one.” Some have speculated that there’s a string embedded in the bottom line of the grid https://imgur.com/a/e7IBOSF

•   BTCChallenge said: Once I knew where to look, I quickly figured out that this bitstring is a base-64 encoded, OpenSSL-encrypted string. I'm assuming that this is the already claimed 0.1 BTC key though. I'd like to crack it nonetheless.  3N7E1fPmE4Bznb5HNu8KtRnMX1pPvr7itN

•   Oct 2 2018 – date of the challenge’s release and written on the image in small letters – used to decode the first address.  SEE BELOW

•   Pip says to: “Input SHA256 of all data on a SINGLE LINE” – on his email page found through the QR code– the question is, what is “the data you got so far”? QR leads here: https://bitcoinchallenge.codes/register-310/  It seems you can also use it to verify if your hash is correct.

•   You may have to solve the first three keys with smaller rewards to access the big one – makes me think of Ready Player 1.  Pip said: “People are posting hashes to the "hidden" page url.  Let me tell you one thing: Don't bother posting there if you don't know how access the 0.1 BTC. (You won't be able to provide the correct hash yet)… The form does not expect the hash of a private key. That I can tell you right now.
   It already received over 20K hashes so far, from all over the world. It's just pointless    trying to find a valid hash for it if you don't know how to access the 0.1 BTC. You can    consider this as a small tip (and save yourself some valuable time).”

   He also said, “Maybe the 0.1 wallet is part of something bigger. Maybe it's not.”

    – ANSWER TO the .1 BTC IS EXPLAINED BELOW

•   There may be a clue in the public address and message from the creator –

Web address can be used to verify the signature using Electrum Message:
https://bitcoinchallenge.codes/
BTC Address:
39uAUwEFDi5bBbdBm5ViD8sxDBBrz7SUP4
Signature:
H03LFItN9jUXus+nwJd9wriCvTxXki2WxiQ5v5qWXbMjW1gPzK6BGmr4wAm0xsT2Is0/Qv0rXg+OSnehP1e4TvA=

•   Original image is a forest seen here: https://tineye.com/search/00c4ec33b3746f9f5b61946101561e15a694868e/ 

•   May be a mosaic puzzle: https://airccj.org/CSCP/vol7/csit76703.pdf

•   Curved lines and circle on the image may be alluding to a former BTC image puzzle: https://steemit.com/bitcoin/@mmorsl/solution-of-the-bitcoin-crypto-puzzle-level-4-by-zden - Bezier Curves (or bits of elliptic curves) – Waaaay over my head.

•   Possibly the answer might be gathered from morse code, a binary string, or perhaps converting morse into a binary string or vice versa.


SOLUTION TO THE WALLET WITH .1 BTC

•   The numbers grid can translate the hex codes.  Oct 2 2018 is the key to the grid when you use it as the shift key for decoding.  You get a new grid

      310 310 310 310 310 310
      1AA 0FC 32D 5FF 78F 643
      42C 5C7 490 2F4 36E 43B

Tool to convert hex numbers to decimals: https://www.rapidtables.com/convert/number/hex-to-decimal.html


426    cry
252    buyer
813    grain
1535    save
1935    vault
1603    sign
1068    lyrics
1479    rhythm
1168    music
756    fury
878    horror
1083   mansion


Tools which may prove to be helpful (or not):

Binary Converter
https://www.convertbinary.com/alphabet/

Morse Code Translator
https://morsecode.scphillips.com/translator.html

Python command to convert binary strings into morse code
https://pypi.org/project/morse/

SHA hash generator
https://www.mytecbits.com/tools/cryptography/sha2generator

Cornell Article on Voronoi Diagrams
http://www.cs.cornell.edu/courses/cs100r/2007fa/lectures/100R-lec21.pdf

Other article on Voronoi
http://msn.iecs.fcu.edu.tw/~ccc/profile/publish/ij_paper2/IJ-664.pdf

Binary Code Image Converter
https://www.dcode.fr/binary-image

ASCII Converter
https://www.branah.com/ascii-converter


22 Characters in plain site (in no particular order):

L
3
C
E
O
2
7
5
K
O
D
8
9
9
D
4
F
A
1
F
6
4

Keep in mind O nor 0 are used in BTC addresses.  Pip said, “This one I can tell you: there is no O (ooh) but only a 0 (zero) if there's something that looks like an O or 0.”


Here they are in order from left to right using a horizontal line (Although I highly doubt this is how they are structured:
L503K7DF64C120E8A9D9F4

GRID

511 B20 332 328 410 530
22B 0FE 52E D0F 7A1 65B
52C 7E7 511 2F6 56F C4B


This is what I got when inputting the image of the long binary string here: https://www.dcode.fr/binary-image

It is divisible by 8 (but not so sure it’s correct – guy in the video above had different numbers):

1010101001100100100011001110011011001000100011101010110011010110101100000110001 0011100101010001001100110100100100101111001011110101011001000011010010000011000 0010101010011001101100011010101100111010001001001010101000101101000110011011000 1101101011010010010100110001001010011011100101010101100011011001000101000001011 0000011001101000111011100110011010101110001011010100110010001000110001100010101 0101011010100101101000110011011011010100000101100110011101000100011101101001011 1011001110100010001100101100101000100000010100100111000110101010110100100001101 0100110110101101000010011110010110111001101110010101100111000101000010011000010 1110111011011000011010001110000001110000111011101001011010011110011000001001111 0011100001111010010010010011011001000100001100000100000100110001001010110101011 0010001010101011001000011010101010111100101000101011101100100010101100101010011 1001101111010101010110011001000111011000110101001100110000010001010110110000111 0010110010000111001001100110111011001110011010100000111100001100010011001110011 0111000010100100010000110101011000010111011001110101011001100101000101110011010 1001101100011011001110111001101101011001100110101000101000101011101000111000100 1110010010111101001101001101000100010001101111001100110011001001001111010010110 1000110011001010111000100110000001100000010111100110011010011100111001001111000 0101011101001111011100110100110101101101011010000011001101000001010110000110110 1010001000111101001110101011101010101101000110000011100010110110101011010011000 0101001001001101110111001001100101001100010011011000001010010001100110001101011 0000100100101110010011011010101000001010000011010010101000101000100010011110100 1000010100100110001100110111011101110111010000110000011011100110011100110110011 1000101001100011010010100111001111010001101110101011001110001010001010101001101 0100100101010001100100011110000101000001001111011000010110100001001011010001100 1010010011010110101011101010100001110000111001101010100001010110101010101110010 0011001001111001001010110011001001101001010110100011001001001100010001010110000 1011110000100111000001010010011010011011101010101010110100111000101100011010100 0001110111010110010110011101101101001101100100011001101111010010110100111101010 1100110101001101110011100010110010001100101011001110011001100110000010100100011 0010001101110110101001100011001101100100000101101111010001100101000001111001010 1001001011010001100100110011100111000001010110100010101001010010011010111000000 1100110110111000101111011100000110011000111001001101000110111101010011010000110 1001100010001010101011101101011011000110011000001101111011100110000101001101010 0100100000111001010001000111000101100010010011010011011001000100010101010111000 0011101000111010100110011010010000100101001100010010000010101011001110111010110 000101000100111101001111010000101

If I was helpful to whoever can solve this a tip would be immensely appreciated! 
BTC: 15cHc2GgAbKpRNHezPMeFJpfZ2G5dHMoPq







Are you kidding me?

What a great post! You deserve more than anyone to solve this puzzle and I really hope if someone does you get tipped.

Thank you so much even just for the time and effort you put into it.

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October 08, 2018, 10:53:02 PM
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If you want to solve a $2 million dollar problem, be a $3 million dollar man. If you are not a $3 million dollar man, think like one!  

I believe I am going to employ 15 persons on $2k/month for just one month (it's not a big amount so those smart people should take this risk with me). If we find it, we share the prize. If we don't find it, we enjoy the experience we had together and me losing some cash. I think you must be crazy to believe you can do it alone.
This guy is for sure a genius who can solve world's problems with his knowledge and skills. I would have loved receiving more information because it was unclear whether we were looking for the mnemonic, private key or anything else.

Regarding the challenge, the guy is too smart to allow you getting 310.00 BTC without getting first 0.1 -> 0.2 -> 0.31 BTC
He is smart, he probably has an entrepreneurial mind. Would people still try to get the 0.2 and 0.31 BTC if the 310 BTC would be already rewarded? Probably not.

give me your contact info and we can get started
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October 09, 2018, 11:44:12 AM
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we decoded one of the encrypted files.
it reads "Well done! Now find something interesting here:"
followed by a bunch of seemingly random numbers.

how many steps are there?
can you give us numbers?

oh and I can no longer access your site after scanning things.
can you unblock?

Hi

I tried to pm you about some info I have decoded. But I got the following error:

User 'anbei22' has not chosen to allow messages from newbies. You should post in their relevant thread to remind them to enable this setting.
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October 09, 2018, 01:50:35 PM
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I don't know if I'm on a track or not at all and I'm doing this as I can, but on the forums dealing with this puzzle I found nothing like this.

- On photoshop, since the original image by making a threshold in value 1 and de-zooming of the image I get this image that I call "A" with regular points
https://imgur.com/uJe9tET

- In the same way with a threshold at 255 I get "B" which reveals dots and the outline of the QR code at 0.1BTC
https://imgur.com/8P6hOTu

- By adding A + B + The original image I notice that the points appear in some cells of the image as well as on some of the curves of beziers. Moreover the points of A appear on black background and that of B on white cells -----> it is possible that I didn't reveal all the points which should appear on black or white background.
https://imgur.com/ntHB83M

- Always starting from the original image, doing Image / Settings / Equalize then a threshold to 255 and finally Zoom Out I isolate some points that appeared on B. I thus call this image "C"
https://imgur.com/p5CRL5G

- By making A + B - C and by putting colors in them, we can distinguish some kinds of regular grids intertwined
A in red
B in Blue that seems to have other grids to isolate
C in green
https://imgur.com/D627qSc

This last result makes me think of this puzzle in the same genre:
https://steemit.com/bitcoin/@mmorsl/solution-of-the-bitcoin-crypto-puzzle-level-4-by-zden

I suppose that if we connect these points and grids with the Béziers curves we must obtain something. I don't know if it has something to do with the 0.2BTC wallet just discovered. For now I'm blocking
If it helps someone, don't forget me if you find something Wink
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October 09, 2018, 03:52:49 PM
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I'll just leave this here

https://i.imgur.com/th0pqhg.jpg
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October 09, 2018, 03:57:15 PM
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Obviously. You can't spend BTC without the private key.

And you could not give the solution to the private key of the 0.1 BTC wallet, I mean, it's already solved, right?

Maybe the 0.1 wallet is part of something bigger. Maybe it's not.
Either way, if I were to publish the steps, I would be unintentionally giving that away and it is too early for hints already.


The use of the word bigger in this sentence gives away that the answer it's in the first option. Enthusiasm about the question and people's interest  makes people use words like "bigger" or other adjectives that tend to stay where the truth is in the sentence.

i will tend to believe that the 0.1 wallet answer has to do with the 0.2, 0.31 and 310 BTC wallet.

That means most probably the other 2 wallets 0.2 and 0.31 are also part of the the big answer.

Very curious about the final answer and about the difficulty of the last one... is there an end date? like one year or something?




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I found it on the first assignment. But it is already empty.
https://www.blockchain.com/en/btc/address/1DeVCjUDvykHmf3TPn5JoBoikabXn3e7CN

Hint: https://imgur.com/a/OVcLilX
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October 09, 2018, 05:56:47 PM
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Very curious about the final answer and about the difficulty of the last one... is there an end date? like one year or something?

I think there is no end date.
But unless OP decides to pull out (as it has happened before - I saw such cases on reddit) I think it'll be solved pretty quickly, as you can see there are at least several groups of people trying to decode it and probably many other such groups are hidden, there is a lot of money to be won so expect fierce competition.

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when i readed all the post and replays of members, now i understind i am sure that i will never get the 310 BTC    Embarrassed
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October 10, 2018, 01:19:48 AM
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Don't fall for the lies of "crypto_jedi_ninja". If it's a joke, it's not funny.
Not only isn't funny, it's misleading!

I can help you to restore/recover your wallet or password.
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1234619.0
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Sorry everyone, but congratulations to me. I've solved the 310 BTC challenge!! Want to know how I did it? Gather around and have a seat - it's story time! You're favorite!

It's the hash of the first three hashes of the private keys created from the keywords "lyrics rhythm music" then converted into morse, and that converted into a binary string converted into decimals.
But first you have to unsalt the hex - of course, it's saltied. From there we derive the seed phrase of the rgb LBSs which are divisible by 8 and separate them from the GRN levels of the alpha layer. But you knew that. Some bright bright people in here.

Then you map those coordinates by placing the curves on the map into steganogrophosaurus decipherer software and placing the results from the original message over a map of Europe. This was deduced because it's obvious the creator is from Europe given his accent and his code name: Pip. His birthday is Oct 2 which makes him a Libra. (That's also why Pip said it could be partly solved on a train - think about it!)

If you align the map with the constellations from Oct 2, 2018 you get a direct path pointing to the constellations of the Libre. Giving us our next 12 word mnemonic 32byte bip. Then the key can easily be derived using the shift function of the word Bitcoin upside down backwards from the grid, extracted from the bezier ellipticals converted through the ascii to the salted binary blob, twisted then filtered with a stained glass mosaic in the forest multiplied by 16. You have to find your way to the coordinates.

It was in Bellarussia - of all places! Now that I have over 310 Bitcoin (don't even know how I solved this first amongst all these tech wizards and goddesses -see you aren't the only ones in the world who can have/win Bitcoin!), if you send me just 1 BTC, I will send you 10! BTC: 19jU6bzMkYi3hS2cDSMpuqmMKbRzm5pqUE Have an awesome day! Don't worry, I'm sure Pip will have other challenges to come. He has literally tens of thousands of Bitcoins and he's not afraid to share. Yes, he's not fond of charities, but I'm sure he likes you.


 I have a better idea.  Send me 9 and keep the 1 for yourself.

1SCAMvXQkJaDUxvCencqadjUH2z2KbCEK

It works out the same and nobody has to pay an escrow service.




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Sorry everyone, but congratulations to me. I've solved the 310 BTC challenge!! Want to know how I did it? Gather around and have a seat - it's story time! You're favorite!

It's the hash of the first three hashes of the private keys created from the keywords "lyrics rhythm music" then converted into morse, and that converted into a binary string converted into decimals.
But first you have to unsalt the hex - of course, it's saltied. From there we derive the seed phrase of the rgb LBSs which are divisible by 8 and separate them from the GRN levels of the alpha layer. But you knew that. Some bright bright people in here.

Then you map those coordinates by placing the curves on the map into steganogrophosaurus decipherer software and placing the results from the original message over a map of Europe. This was deduced because it's obvious the creator is from Europe given his accent and his code name: Pip. His birthday is Oct 2 which makes him a Libra. (That's also why Pip said it could be partly solved on a train - think about it!)

If you align the map with the constellations from Oct 2, 2018 you get a direct path pointing to the constellations of the Libre. Giving us our next 12 word mnemonic 32byte bip. Then the key can easily be derived using the shift function of the word Bitcoin upside down backwards from the grid, extracted from the bezier ellipticals converted through the ascii to the salted binary blob, twisted then filtered with a stained glass mosaic in the forest multiplied by 16. You have to find your way to the coordinates.

It was in Bellarussia - of all places! Now that I have over 310 Bitcoin (don't even know how I solved this first amongst all these tech wizards and goddesses -see you aren't the only ones in the world who can have/win Bitcoin!), if you send me just 1 BTC, I will send you 10! BTC: 19jU6bzMkYi3hS2cDSMpuqmMKbRzm5pqUE Have an awesome day! Don't worry, I'm sure Pip will have other challenges to come. He has literally tens of thousands of Bitcoins and he's not afraid to share. Yes, he's not fond of charities, but I'm sure he likes you.


The crackhead down the street got hold of a laptop.

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October 10, 2018, 10:03:18 AM
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Hmmm, It seems this is not a "NEW" Puzzle...

Here is something I found from JAN 2018 about this same Address with the 310 BTC.
Following A few Commits, This has been going on for months!
Makes you wonder just how many Salty people there are by now  Wink

https://github.com/glv2/bruteforce-salted-openssl/issues/11

We Shall continue the epic journey,
Into the vast Darkness of the unknown,
in search of our LIGHT...

Best regards,
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October 10, 2018, 10:28:18 AM
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Very interesting activity, I am ready to accept this challenge, I think this will become a topic that I will pay attention to every day, because I encountered this kind of challenge for the first time!

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Get up to speed on the 310 Bitcoin Challenge

While completely fascinated with this, it’s distracting me from important real life priorities.  I’m more or less obsessed with this puzzle.  After examining many elements of it, I have to come to terms with the fact that I don’t have the educational background or experience to solve this.  By the time I cracked it, it would have been done already.  

I can only follow the bread crumbs of other much smarter ladies and gents than myself.  Frankly, I must say I find it frustrating that Pip has created this to only be solved by those with a knowledge of computer science math, cryptographic curves, languages, the inner bones of the back end of BTC wallets, image/message encryption and other complex fields of study.  It puts the majority of people at a great disadvantage.  

The people who are knowledgeable in these things are the types of people who more than likely already have plenty of Bitcoin – likeminded to the creator.  It seems to me that much of the ethos behind Bitcoin is distribution of a network and massive wealth transfer.  Why not make these puzzles to have a chance of falling into the hands of every day people and broaden the scope of that network?  Why not use this opportunity to further encourage adoption, rather than further scare people away?  The  BTC are just being moved around the same circles this way.

Well, it is what it is, and no amount of guilt tripping anyone is going to change anything, but I think it’s a valid question to consider.  No one has to make these puzzles at all and they are free to construct them however they like.  All I can do is what I can do.  So I’ve systematically assembled bread crumbs.  Will they lead us to a solitary place in the woods for the final answer?

Here is a collection someone is assembling of what’s been determined thus far:

31- New Person Ramp Up
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nUAhlC_n21ZLZcRAHpLw9G--gpk4NUVIJqVp9F68qp4/preview

This is from a group of people in discord allegedly “working together” to solve this beast (and other crypto puzzles).

Neon District Group: https://discordapp.com/invite/Xp5Fr2

Go there and read the pinned messages in each channel – there are 3.

We also know:

•   Web address can be used to verify the signature using Electrum:
Message:
https://bitcoinchallenge.codes/
BTC Address:
39uAUwEFDi5bBbdBm5ViD8sxDBBrz7SUP4
Signature:
H03LFItN9jUXus+nwJd9wriCvTxXki2WxiQ5v5qWXbMjW1gPzK6BGmr4wAm0xsT2Is0/Qv0rXg+OSnehP1e4TvA=

•   Methods to extract the binary string and QR Code from the image:
XnView: https://www.xnview.com/en/xnviewmp/
-Open the original image and go to >Image>Map>Normalize, then go to >Image>Extract Channel>Alpha
GIMP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63ltk3OcTq8
Photoshop: https://imgur.com/a/KBzcrkU


SOLUTION TO THE WALLET WITH .1 BTC

•   The numbers grid can translate the hex codes.  Oct 2 2018 as 20181002 is the key to the grid when you use it as the shift key for decoding.  You get a new grid

      Original GRID

      511 B20 332 328 410 530
      22B 0FE 52E D0F 7A1 65B
      52C 7E7 511 2F6 56F C4B

      New GRID

      310 310 310 310 310 310
      1AA 0FC 32D 5FF 78F 643
      42C 5C7 490 2F4 36E 43B

Tool to convert hex numbers to decimals: https://www.rapidtables.com/convert/number/hex-to-decimal.html

And find the index for the seed words here: https://github.com/bitcoin/bips/blob/master/bip-0039/english.txt


426    cry
252    buyer
813    grain
1535    save
1935    vault
1603    sign
1068    lyrics
1479    rhythm
1168    music
756    fury
878    horror
1083   mansion

cry buyer grain save vault sign lyrics rhythm music fury horror mansion

When restoring the wallet using the mnemonic in Electrum check Options -> Bip39 seed

Being as the first line of the grid was all converted to 310, indicating the solver was heading in the right direction, someone else appears to be making further progress using the grid.

310 310 310 310 310 310
1C4 65F 38E 41C 018 70F
301 78C 2E9 53D 2C5 316
310 310 310 310 310 310

https://hastebin.com/onotopenes.cpp

An interesting discussion on Discord:

pastet89
To be fair I am even not sure if the first line is garbage at all. Think about this: how about if there is a second shift key and when we put it on the same grid the other way around happens: the two middles lines are 310s and we get words seeds from the other lines? And that might be the seed for the 310 BTC. There is something symbolic in that 310. 310 challenge, 310 written on the corner and the hidden code was on line 310. I think that this or the red salted string contains the key to the wallet with 310 BTC. But they might contain the same info but need multiple keys to give multiple results.

Noah
I also think we will need multiple keys /longer bip39 string for the 310 BTC wallet.
Maybe that’s how he ensures linearity, every wallet is a bip39 string with the next 12 words added.
That’s also why he used the same line to generate the 310310310 line to indicate you need to concatenate the two results for the next one.

UPDATE:

Solution to the 2nd wallet has been made public and is in the "Ramp Up" document above.


What do we know for certain?


•   The first wallet has found
•   The 2nd wallet was found but no one knows who did it yet, not even Pip
•   It’s futile to try to brute force the hash or access to the backend of the site – it’s been secured
•   The solver of the 2nd wallet address has not contacted Pip and hasn’t been public with his knowledge.
•   You don’t have to be registered to solve the puzzle, as the first winner was not.  But both winners seem to be now as the site said 2 have been registered.
•   There are 2, or more, binary strings.  Only one has been solved.
•   Before the challenge went public, Pip sent 310 BTC to the 0.31 wallet in batches of 10BTC, emptied it, then sent the 0.31 BTC.
•   The 22 Characters in hand written in plain site (in no particular order): L503K7DF64C120E8A9D9F4

What do we know (or think we know) about Pip?:

•   He mined BTC early on as an early adopter
•   He bought a large number of BTC fairly early on
•   He received airdrops which he went through the trouble of converting to Bitcoin
•   He has lots of Bitcoin
•   He doesn’t want to share his identity – I don’t blame him
•   Most, or a considerable percentage, of what he is giving away was received in airdrops
•   He seems friendly.  Other than the facts that he is willing to give hints if/when needed he sometimes responds to people and dropping subtle tips, he using phrases like, “have fun...”, “Good luck!”, “Don't be sad”, “please accept my apologies” (when he doesn’t owe anyone anything), and “...my friend”.  “If you find the code, please get in touch with me. I would love to hear details about your approach!”
•   His choice of words, grammar structure, and “tone” sounds American to me
•   He is not artistic, saying,  “creating the picture was the most difficult since I'm not an artist myself.”  This makes me think the filters on the image are just that, photoshop filters, and mean nothing more.  Unless perhaps, he had help putting this all together.  But, the fact he says it was difficult sounds like he did it himself, because getting help would have made it easy for him.
•   He doesn’t want to give to charity for his own reasons and doesn’t want to discuss it.  (Which is fine – he owes none of us anything)

Quotes from Pip:

•   “Hints will come if I don't see progress.”
•   “Don't expect to find it in just a few hours or days but if you do, you're very good!”
•   “This is my first experiment and I did not design this thing with a particular time frame in mind.  It could be solved in a matter of days; it might take months. I don't know.”
•   “Over 10 people asked the same question: can I solve the riddle by printing it out on paper and looking for clues while on the bus.  Let this be my first hint: Partly.”
•   “Good morning all.
First of all I want to apologize for not answering all emails.
You guys were asking me about financial advice, money for startups or family, a head start by providing a good tip, or other strange questions. I could not even understand all of them. I can not help everyone, please accept my apologies! Someone was very very angry at me and blamed me for a lot of bad things that happened in the world. Sorry man, I can't save the world! Sad
I can not answer all those emails personally, I'm sorry. I will try to answer those that deserve a reply as soon as possible.

Important updates:
- Last night the first successful registration happened. Many of you know what I'm talking about. If not: keep going!
- About 4.5 hours later the second wallet (0.2 BTC) was discovered. The funds moved to
bc1q75ezmkfj5am2tqvr3vl8h90ldtvn7ha6sx0t4n
I don't know who solved it, yet, but I will certainly reach out to the first (and only, for now) registered email address.

•   From https://bitcoinchallenge.codes/register-310/ :
“While it is possible to solve the riddle without registering, at this point I would love to hear from you! Why? I would love to know who wins this challenge.”
“Tell me.  What is the SHA256 hash of the data you got so far? (SHA256 of all data on a single line.)
“Note: The form expects a sha256 hash in hex format and it is not case sensitive.”

•   “People are posting hashes to the "hidden" page url.  Let me tell you one thing: Don't bother posting there if you don't know how to access the 0.1 BTC. (You won't be able to provide the correct hash yet)… The form does not expect the hash of a private key. That I can tell you right now.
   It already received over 20K hashes so far, from all over the world. It's just pointless    trying to find a valid hash for it if you don't know how to access the 0.1 BTC. You can    consider this as a small tip (and save yourself some valuable time).”
•   “Maybe the 0.1 wallet is part of something bigger. Maybe it's not.”
•    “This one I can tell you: there is no O (ooh) but only a 0 (zero) if there's something that looks like an O or 0.” (When someone asked about the Os on the image)
•   “I downloaded the website template from a free template site.”  (When someone noticed the sites identical theme to another)
•   “At first I just loved the idea and I played along. Later I started to actually believe it would become accepted one day.” (When asked how he got into Bitcoin)
•   “If you were scanning or trying to hack the site you might have been blocked. If not, please be patient. The site is under heavy load.”

How can we categorize the different parts which need solving?

PHOTO MANIPULATION
•   Uncovering the QR code and binary strings attached - The LSBs
•   The original image itself and the filters applied
•   Examining pixels, layers, color levels
•   Other
COMPUTER LANGUAGE CONVERSION
•   The hex grid on the bottom – denoted by the #16
•   Salted String, etc
•   Cryptographic curves  
•   Bezier curves?
PLAIN SIGHT
•   Bitcoin logo, grid, and computer generated curves
•   The hand written characters on the image.
•   The original image itself
•   Mnemonic seed phrase?
STEGANOGRAPHY
•   Voronoi Diagrams?
•   Software encryption?
EXTERNAL SOLUTIONS/CLUES
•   Things to be found outside the image that clues in the image might lead us on a trail to
•   Morse?
OTHER?

Possible clues/approaches.  What might we ask? (Each trail may lead us to a red herring, but it may be a good idea to use the process of elimination and explore every possibility.  I imagine some people will have been inches away from finding something before they turned to another direction):

•   Pip calls himself Pip.  What is this in reference to?  (Pip can mean different things)
•   He chose to launch this on Oct 2 – does it have any relevance other than for being used as a shift function to solve the 1st wallet.
•   Do the filters applied to the photo (B&W, stained glass, graphic pencil, texture) matter?  Or are they just filters applied to an image?
•   Does the image choice of a forest mean anything?
•   Are the curves Bezier curves?
•   Is it a Voronoi diagram?
•   Is it a mosaic puzzle?
•   What does Pip mean by, “the data you got so far.”  Is solving each piece progressive, dependent on 1 or all of the former solutions?
•   Does morse code have anything to do with anything here?
•   Is there a clue in these words themselves from the seed phrase of the first wallet?  Notice: lyrics, rhythm, music, and fury, horror, mansion – may not be random.
•   When he says it can be partly solved printed out and riding a bus, could this be the final step, as in you have to travel somewhere to claim it?
•   Is there a file hidden in the image using encryption software?  People have scanned the file and said no – but are they right?
•   The 0.2 wallet seed phrase is the 0.1 phrase + goldfinch hex to pib39.  So, possibly the 0.31 phrase is 0.1 + 0.2 + X.


Possible useful tools and articles:

•   Former BTC puzzle solved using Bezier curves: https://steemit.com/bitcoin/@mmorsl/solution-of-the-bitcoin-crypto-puzzle-level-4-by-zden
•   What the heck are Bezier curves?  https://vimeo.com/106757336
•   Binary Converter
https://www.convertbinary.com/alphabet/
•   Morse Code Translator
https://morsecode.scphillips.com/translator.html
•   Python command to convert binary strings into morse code
https://pypi.org/project/morse/
•   Binary Code Image Converter
https://www.dcode.fr/binary-image
•   ASCII Converter
https://www.branah.com/ascii-converter
•   Steganography software
https://download.cnet.com/s/steganography/  
•   SHA hash generator
https://www.mytecbits.com/tools/cryptography/sha2generator
•   Tool to convert seed phrases to a private key: https://iancoleman.io/bip39/
•   Tool to convert hex numbers to decimals: https://www.rapidtables.com/convert/number/hex-to-decimal.html
•   Find the index for the seed words here: https://github.com/bitcoin/bips/blob/master/bip-0039/english.txt

•   Registration page on Pips site:
https://bitcoinchallenge.codes/register-310/

•   Article on mosaic puzzles: https://airccj.org/CSCP/vol7/csit76703.pdf  
•   Cornell Article on Voronoi Diagrams
http://www.cs.cornell.edu/courses/cs100r/2007fa/lectures/100R-lec21.pdf
•   Other article on Voronoi
http://msn.iecs.fcu.edu.tw/~ccc/profile/publish/ij_paper2/IJ-664.pdf


If I was helpful to whoever can solve this a tip of 1 or 2 BTC (or 10 – lol) would be immensely appreciated and go to a good cause!  
BTC: 15cHc2GgAbKpRNHezPMeFJpfZ2G5dHMoPq

Pip – you can’t save the world, but you can certainly make some meaningful differences in your sphere of influence.  Not saying give everything away.  Multiply it and use your resources prudently for good.  How about crypto education of the masses yet to adopt?  It seems you are passionate about the subject.  I have a project I’d love some help with. Wink













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ops i am too late. first wallet empty  Cry

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The crackhead down the street got hold of a laptop.

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Sorry everyone, but congratulations to me. I've solved the 310 BTC challenge!! Want to know how I did it? Gather around and have a seat - it's story time! You're favorite!

It's the hash of the first three hashes of the private keys created from the keywords "lyrics rhythm music" then converted into morse, and that converted into a binary string converted into decimals.
But first you have to unsalt the hex - of course, it's saltied. From there we derive the seed phrase of the rgb LBSs which are divisible by 8 and separate them from the GRN levels of the alpha layer. But you knew that. Some bright bright people in here.

Then you map those coordinates by placing the curves on the map into steganogrophosaurus decipherer software and placing the results from the original message over a map of Europe. This was deduced because it's obvious the creator is from Europe given his accent and his code name: Pip. His birthday is Oct 2 which makes him a Libra. (That's also why Pip said it could be partly solved on a train - think about it!)

If you align the map with the constellations from Oct 2, 2018 you get a direct path pointing to the constellations of the Libre. Giving us our next 12 word mnemonic 32byte bip. Then the key can easily be derived using the shift function of the word Bitcoin upside down backwards from the grid, extracted from the bezier ellipticals converted through the ascii to the salted binary blob, twisted then filtered with a stained glass mosaic in the forest multiplied by 16. You have to find your way to the coordinates.

It was in Bellarussia - of all places! Now that I have over 310 Bitcoin (don't even know how I solved this first amongst all these tech wizards and goddesses -see you aren't the only ones in the world who can have/win Bitcoin!), if you send me just 1 BTC, I will send you 10! BTC: 19jU6bzMkYi3hS2cDSMpuqmMKbRzm5pqUE Have an awesome day! Don't worry, I'm sure Pip will have other challenges to come. He has literally tens of thousands of Bitcoins and he's not afraid to share. Yes, he's not fond of charities, but I'm sure he likes you.


The crackhead down the street got hold of a laptop.

I can help you to restore/recover your wallet or password.
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