There is no doubt that the internet has many wonderful things to offer. The World Wide Web gives us all the information we desire at the tips of our fingers (quite literally), an endless amount of entertainment, and staying in contact with people has never been easier.
But with all these wonderful uses, there are also some strange ones. The internet is definitely not all sunshine and rainbows, and this list aims to highlight that fact. Although some of us may consider ourselves pros when it comes to utilizing the internet, this is rarely the case. Despite all the information the internet shows us, it hides much more than you think. This list aims to examine the creepy side of the internet, with a look at some of the deep and mysteries places hidden inside. Not only this, but we will take a look at some utterly puzzling websites that have come to the forefront in recent years; it will become clear that despite people’s best attempts to solve these puzzling sites, they remain as mysterious as ever.
10. The Deadman E-mail
A man named Tim Hart claimed that in November, 2011, he received an e-mail from his best friend Jack Froese, which read, “Did you hear me? I’m at your house. Clean your f***king attic!!” The subject of this e-mail read, “I’m watching.” What may seem like a joke between friends, gets a lot creepier with the addition of one simple detail, Joe Froese was already dead at the time this e-mail was sent. Many people claimed that this was simply a distasteful prank, however, Tim Hart is adamant this is not true as he claims the last time he saw his friend alive the two had been in his attic; not only this but Jack Froese had gone on to make a joke about the mess in the attic. Tim Hart says he never told another individual about this. Along with this, Jack Froese’s family stated that there was no one who had access to his passwords; although Tim replied to the e-mail he heard nothing. Joe Froese’s e-mail still remains a mystery.
9. Webdriver Torso
In September of 2013, a strange YouTube channel came on the scene under the name of Webdriver Torso. What is so mysterious about this particular channel is that every day since its creation, the channel has been posting a new video every minute, 24 hours a day, and each of these videos lasts exactly 11 seconds. To make matters even weirder, the entire content of these videos consists only of red and blue, square and rectangular shapes moving around the screen accompanied by a strange and irritating beeping sound. There have been many conspiracies brought forward about the exact reasons these videos exist; some believe the videos are similar to ‘number stations’ that were used during the Cold War to contact spies. In June 2014, Google came forward claiming that the videos were merely a test account they were utilizing to ensure video quality, however many skeptics remain unconvinced.
8. Eht-Namuh Spells The Human
This site, 973-eht-namuh-973.com, which baffles absolutely anyone who comes across it, starts off with the words ‘A maze in’ followed by the word ‘abracadabra’ a number of times arranged into a triangular shape. Many believed this site to be the ramblings of a mentally unwell person, however, as one continues on the website’s path, these delusional ramblings appear to make a lot more sense. The website’s layout is very minimalistic with a black background and simple text. Many hold that there is more to this website than meets the eye as it included not only writings from the Bible, but several other spiritual and religious references, as well as grids of numbers, which people believe are trying to imply something. The site also seems to focus special attention on the number 9 for some mysterious reason. Along with this, the site also contains a mirrored theme; just look at the site’s name ‘eth-namuh’ it spells out ‘the human.’ It was discovered that David Denison, a British artist was the creator of the site. Nevertheless no one knows Denison’s motives for doing so.
This unknown organization who are commonly referred to as a group of ‘hacktivists’ appear to have the main aim of exposing hypocrisy in the world. The ‘internet gathering’ has targeted government, religious and corporate websites. Anonymous is so mysterious, that not only have none of the members’ identities ever been revealed, but these identities appear to be continuously changing. Due to this nobody can really tell who these masked individuals will target next. One thing’s for sure this group seems to have exceptional hacking methods and show no signs of slowing down on their quest for justice.
Bitcoins are an extremely revolutionary concept as ultimately they have the ability to overthrow all the world’s governments. Bitcoins are a type of currency that provide anonymous individuals a method of making an exchange without ever having to go through a bank. And since there is no way to monitor the use of bitcoins, taxes are out the window. With circumstances like this it is no wonder powerful institutions are terrified of bitcoins. Although it has never been confirmed who created bitcoins, many believe they were invented to create a world where governments are no longer in control.
5. Sub-Reddit A858
Since 2011 the mysterious sub-reddit known as A858 has plagued Reddit users as they try desperately to understand it. The owner of this sub-reddit, who to this day remains unknown, has posted a large number of mysterious long coded texts that appear to be utter nonsense. People became so transfixed with solving these codes that various other sub-reddits were created with the sole purpose of solving A858. It has been discovered that the text appears to be written entirely in hexadecimal, the numerical notation known to computer programmers. Endless attempts to break these codes have been made, yet they still remain a mystery.
4. The Deep Web
Not many people are aware, but almost 80% of the entire internet is not controlled by any particular search engine; this uncontrolled section of the web is known as the ‘deep web.’ The deep web can be considered a part of the World Wide Web that is not controlled by Google, Yahoo or Bing. This section of the web is the opposite of the of the surface web. While the surface web holds YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, the deep web holds an endless amount of secret data that is extremely difficult to get into, and can only be accessed by using special applications like ‘Thor’. One of the main purposes of the deep web is its illegal market place; it is thought that one can purchase literally anything including drugs, stolen credit cards, hitmen and human organs.
3. Mariana’s Web
If you thought the deep web was as deep as the internet could get, think again. It is rumoured that there exists an even deeper section of the internet known as ‘Mariana’s Web’. This section of the web gains its name from Mariana’s Trench, the deepest Ocean trench in the world. It is thought that Mariana’s Web is about as deep as anything can ever get and is believed to hold all of humanity’s best-kept secrets; supposedly this section of the web can even provide the location of the lost city of Atlantis. However, it has been stated that in order to access Mariana’s Web, one must use Polymeric Falcighol Derivation (don’t worry, we have no idea what that is, either). We do know it’s a type of math function that depends on the existence of quantum computers, but quantum computers do not exist. Well, as far as we know…
2. McKinnon’s NASA Hack
In 2002, a scandal emerged when system administrator Gary McKinnon, was arrested after he hacked into NASA. However, the term hacking is used very lightly… While searching for information on UFOs, McKinnon accessed NASA’s computers with a remote desktop connection that, wait for it, was not password protected. McKinnon discovered a shocking picture of a strange object in the sky that appeared to be some type of aircraft. Then NASA workers noticed their computers were being controlled remotely and cut his connection just as McKinnon was downloading the image. McKinnon must have discovered something that NASA most certainly did not want to see the light of day. Authorities wanted to give him life in prison, and claimed that McKinnon had destroyed thousands of government computers and caused hundreds of thousands in damages. However, nothing was ever proved, and McKinnon walked.
1. Cicado 3301
When it comes to internet mysteries, it doesn’t get more mysterious that Cicado 3301. The hype all began on January 5th, 2012, when a 4chan user with a concealed identity posted a strange and cryptic message which read:
“Hello. We are looking for highly intelligent individuals. To find them, we have devised a test. There is a message hidden in this image. Find it, and it will lead you on the road to finding us. We look forward to meeting the few that will make it all the way through. Good luck.” Of course this sent the internet into a frenzy as numerous people tried to crack this intriguing message. Those who followed the clues even found themselves being led off the internet as they were required to find posters that popped up on all ends of the globe.
A month later another message was posted by the 4chan user, stating that they had now found all the individuals they were looking for and that their search had come to an end. However, to this day no one knows who these individuals are or what became of them. Many believe Cicada 3301 is a recruitment method used by the CIA or another global spy agency. Others believe the post sought out the most intelligent individuals to take part in some type of new world order. Every year since, Cicada 3301 has posted a new message on the 5th of January; to this day, no one has ever heard from any of the winners.