Just several days ago, Leaprate reported on the news that a special, $1 million hunt is out – the Satoshi Treasure Hunt. The broadcaster of the cryptic message announced that he will be releasing details about the keys that lead to unlocking the Treasure. The release of details happened on the 17th and 18th of April.
No sooner had the details been announced than a brilliant hacker claimed the first keys for the scavenger hunt for the $1 million of Bitcoin.
The game is essentially a reality game that urges “hackers” or players to work together to find all fo the private keys “stored” in real-world locations. Clues for the keys and their location are announced through a newsletter.
The game features special leaderboards that show the progress of teams. According to press, currently there are 1,000 private keys that are “fragmented”, and the grand prize of $1 million worth of Bitcoin is released after 400 of these key fragments are found.
Now, the first clues for the initial three keys were released on April 15th. The goal of this task was to make players search for QR codes buried in real locations around the globe such as London, Uganda, San Francisco, Australia and China.
However, the first task was “hacked” by the player named John Cantrell. Instead of actually searching for the QR codes, he simply hacked the task and obtained the first three keys.
Mr. Cantrell began his move by using a QR code “found and uploaded by a fellow treasure hunter”, as reported by The Next Web. Scanning the first QR code would send the player to reveal the key with the help of aa so-called passphrase included in the actual location.
Cantrell also announced that he intends to use all available information up until now and not waste time waiting for the keys.
The player also provided a complete story of how he managed to hack the initial keys.