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What Is This Website . . . About? [Jun. 30th, 2006|06:45 am]
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Read this.

Then, I found a blog about it.

Then, there's this silly thing which trumps up the suspense.

I've found zero Google News articles about it.

The 'countdown' ends at midnight, EST, on July 1st (tonight).

My guess . . . it's a viral marketing website.



Eon8 Main Page.


Update:

It was a long-running test to guage random reaction.




Here is the text of "the truth" from the website after the countdown finished:

{eon8} Complete

As of July 1st, 2006, the E8 Project has completed. The purpose of this project was to determine the reactions of the internet public to lack of information.

History

The domain eon8.com was chosen, as it is short, easily remembered, and eon9 was already registered. It was originally posted on www.msfn.org, but was promptly removed as 'spam'. It was enough time for it to be copied to other forums throughout December 2005.

Results

We were amazed to discover that the site was instantly linked with terrorism, simply for the fact that it seems mysterious. Evil was the number one first impression people had of the site, in spite of the fact that there are no threats on the site. The only thing Eon 8 says is "We don't want you here". Nothing else. Other less disappointing opinions were social experimentation (which was correct), James Bond movie viral marketing, and promotions for video games. For many people, being faced with a countdown timer was an instant reason to try to shut down or hack the site. This is a worrying reaction, that if someone doesn't understand something they must destroy it. As a result, the servers have been hit quite hard these last few days, but luckily 99% of the 'hackers' could easily be described as 'l4me n00bs'. Another worrying example of paranoia was how quickly people would jump to conclusions, such as telephoning the registered owner of a dog seen in a photograph on a server that hosts a page that links to eon8. Surprises

The folks at Unfiction.com were the most resourceful and inventive, they successfully managed to decrypt several of the 'codes' on the site, forcing them to be re-encrypted using more secure methods.

FAQ

What about eon5.com? Nothing to do with us. Pure coincidence, but worked in our favor.

What about the 8th eon being the end of the world? We picked Eon 8 because Eon 9 was already taken. We didn't know about the significance of this. Eon is a cool sounding word!

Why July 1st? We didn't know how long it would take to get the word out using our subtle promotion methods. We allowed over 6 months.

What do the codes on the site mean? They're mostly randomly generated integers encrypted with md5, but with certain letters removed and replaced. The Logs page is simply based on the current timestamp, encrypted and modified. You can't decrypt them, they really are random numbers.

What is the Deployment Map? They're dots placed over major cities and several random locations, it was done mostly from memory. The random gif filename is an added touch to force a slight delay on loading, which looks more impressive in Internet Explorer, but not as much in Firefox.

What's the password? There isn't one. If you did somehow manage to get in, you'd see an empty folder with a single text file that says "This is a decoy folder. Please connect to the internal secure network".

Can I see your website statistics? Yes, click here.

Are you anything to do with Scientology? Did you see anything talking about a Free Personality Test or Xenu? Use your brain.

Who are you, really? The most I can tell you is I am a 23 year old web designer from Florida named Mike. I can't narrow it down anymore than that. When I say 'we', I really mean 'me'.

Conclusions

People take things too seriously and panic over the most trivial things. But at the same time there are many people out there who think things through without jumping to conclusions. You can't let pointless speculation rule your lives and force you to live in fear.

In Closing

Thanks to everyone who kept things interesting, especially to the folks at unfiction. Sorry there is no ARG for you to play, but at least you had fun while it lasted.



If that was for school, I hope that was a master's degree. That was some pretty fun paranoia stirred in all those kids.

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From: justin79
2006-06-30 01:00 pm (UTC)
hulagalinthesky sent me here and after taking a look at some of the information my theory is the mastermind behind all of this is probably some kid in his parent's basement who should really just get a job.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-06-30 08:59 pm (UTC)
You have served hulagalinthesky's wishes well.

This is one of the possible alternate theories.
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From: hulagalinthesky
2006-06-30 01:04 pm (UTC)
Oh noes! Teh intarwebz is goingz to combustz on July 1z!
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-06-30 09:02 pm (UTC)
D00d, we are in for the internetz apocalyzpz?

I should hope notz. Teh internetz dotzh rulez.
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[User Picture]From: brushwithrob
2006-06-30 02:50 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to think of shit that's supposed to happen on that day. The "Transformers" teaser trailer was supposed to drop, but an image got leaked early, so they released the teaser early.

Weird stuff. Creepy, too. That YTMND is pretty cool.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-06-30 09:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the YTMND captured the creepy factor so well. It reminds me of all the "Unsolved Mysteries" episodes, and it mirrors all the JFK Assassination Conspiracy videos I watched as a child. Kids are getting pretty good at that.
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[User Picture]From: brushwithrob
2006-06-30 09:12 pm (UTC)
It's strange to think a YTMND or one of these (http://www.jkcinema.com/gamesmov.asp?type=5) could freak me out more than a Hollywood film.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-06-30 09:17 pm (UTC)
Oh shit, you brought out the Holy Grail Link of Creepy Internet Goodness.

I don't even care if some of those things they use on the JK Cinema shorts are not true. It's like I wanna believe, man.

They don't overdo the freak-out segways, either, so people don't soil themselves and have heart attacks.

"What's wrong with this picture?" was the first flash that I'd seen that got me.
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[User Picture]From: brushwithrob
2006-06-30 09:21 pm (UTC)
Same here. I was over a friend's house and he was like "Hey, this is David's basement ... look closely ..." and I jumped like a little bitch, lol.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-06-30 09:34 pm (UTC)

E8

Maybe the Mooninites are behind this.
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[User Picture]From: brushwithrob
2006-06-30 10:42 pm (UTC)

Re: E8

lol, could be. I have a feeling it's for like, a cell phone or some shit.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-06-30 10:46 pm (UTC)

Re: E8

If it's for Boost Mobile or something, I'll be heavily disappointed.
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[User Picture]From: brushwithrob
2006-06-30 11:03 pm (UTC)

Re: E8

I will, too, but then again, it's probably a virus-related thing. It logs your IP and shit, so ... I haven't even gone to the site. I'm hoping you'll inform me what it is, lol.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-06-30 11:08 pm (UTC)

Where You At?

You know what's funny . . . I haven't visited it, either, not because they log the IPs . . . every major website does that. Every time you try to login to a place like YTMND, ESPN, or even vote on some site's poll, it notes that information. Even LJs have IP-logging.

I'm not sure what to make of the information about the computer virus.

I'll be checking after midnight to see what happened from alternate pages.
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[User Picture]From: brushwithrob
2006-06-30 11:32 pm (UTC)

Re: Where You At?

I'm sorta' anxious. It all goes down around 11 pm, our time, right? "Our Time" meaning Eastern Standard.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-06-30 11:38 pm (UTC)

Re: Where You At?

Yeah, when the clock strikes, it'll be at midnight.

I'm going to chill with a movie and check in before the online show begins.
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[User Picture]From: brushwithrob
2006-07-01 12:43 am (UTC)

Re: Where You At?

Lol, sweet.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-07-01 04:22 am (UTC)

A Study.

The study worked.

Apparently, it was a long-running test to see how people would react with no information.
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[User Picture]From: brushwithrob
2006-07-01 05:22 am (UTC)

Re: A Study.

Holy shit, is that all it was?
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-07-01 05:32 am (UTC)

Re: A Study.

Yeah, apparently that was it.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-07-01 05:37 am (UTC)

Re: A Study.

I couldn't really get to the thing.

Whatever it was, it attracted enough net patrons to flood whatever host it was on . . .

Wikipedia pretty much deleted the article within the hour after it was revealed.
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[User Picture]From: brushwithrob
2006-07-01 07:02 am (UTC)

Re: A Study.

That's really fucking lame.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-07-01 07:08 am (UTC)

Re: A Study.

Whatever data that dude collected, it was good for academic purposes, but the proof has already been made (and in that guy's case, with mostly kids) . . . fear of the unknown is a powerful thing for humans . . . one of the most powerful fears.

The lamest ones are the kids that devoted more than a day to it, lol. YTMND is littered with stupid pages about this thing.
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[User Picture]From: brushwithrob
2006-07-01 03:56 pm (UTC)

Re: A Study.

God, I know. And about 1/5 are funny or interesting.

But what did the guy expect? He posts cryptic shit and we're NOT supposed to get freaked out?
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-07-01 06:25 pm (UTC)

Re: A Study.

I wasn't really freaked out though . . . I figured if it was some sort of weird group doing something they shouldn't, that the scope of their 'attack' would be pretty benign and limited to precious few.
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[User Picture]From: lilymd
2006-07-01 02:58 am (UTC)
Yeah, the music on that site was creeping me out. I was sitting at home alone and it's quiet and I clicked on it and it came on loudly and spooked me. Cool site, though.
I can't think of what that whole deal's supposed to mean...?
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-07-01 03:00 am (UTC)
There is exactly one hour to go before that thing reaches zero.

Something's probably going to happen at midnight EST, but my guess remains that it's a viral marketing web site, kind of like subservient chicken.

If nothing happens at zero, those who made it are going to be brushed off as hacks, regardless of whatever it is that they planned.
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From: polymath_attack
2006-06-30 03:59 pm (UTC)
Hmm that's strange. I guess if it is marketing, it's working.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-06-30 09:05 pm (UTC)
If it's marketing for some futuristic RPG, I'm going to feel the lameness factor go up +1000.

Then again, if it's for some FPS, that will be completely awesome. Ditto for some movie.
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