Marguerite Driscoll has once again sent coveting crowds of bitcoiners on a rummage through one of her paintings. Claimed to be hidden within the image are 4.87 BTC, roughly $1200 at press time. The first to solve this cryptographic puzzle will lay claim to the loot.
There has been a significant amount of interest stirred up online, most notably a Reddit thread set up by users to share and discuss their strategies toward cracking the puzzle. Also, folks over at Bitcoin Talk have been actively engaged in the quest.
This is the third challenge in a series entitled “The Legend of Satoshi Nakamoto” released by Marguerite, who was assisted this time by Rob Myers, an artist and programmer based in Vancouver, B.C., Ruben Alexander, a graphic designer based in Massachusetts and Matt deCourcelle, a nano-materials engineer based, in North Carolina.
Referring to previous “Easter Eggs” (secrets or rewards hidden within code or websites), Driscoll, 29, told Venture Beat, “The response has been astonishing,” she said. “I honestly wasn’t prepared for how many people took to it. It was staggering. I also didn’t anticipate how emotionally attached people would become to the puzzles. People made friends and formed teams, there was a range of personalities who morphed into characters within the pages of the forums. The puzzle evolved into an emotionally saturated adventure novel.”
In case you feel like throwing your hat in the ring to recoup some of your BTC losses of 2014 and early 2015, here is an explanation of the solution to her last hunt.