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na its all a hox it finished and it said this

{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.


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.


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.


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.


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'.


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.

Click here for one Final Message from Eon 8



Sincerely, x21b

but there are so many people who where going on the site it kept losing your connection... o i was soo pissed and now so many people want to kill this guy

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Well if it's any consolation, Mike is apparently a shitty coder. I know this because he's left the entire webroot exposed, by gizipping each individual file. The thing is, Apache hasn't been configured to handle gzipped indicies. I've made available eon8.com's entire webroot as of 2230PDT 30 Jun 06 (minus the individual compressions):


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lol pathetic a cry for attention - whatever floats your boat eh? lol

I wonder if the USA corp will find out who he is and throw him/her in jail orworse employ him/her lmao

Remember people it's not a bad or a stupid thing to pay attention to all you read/see, knowledge comes from looking and wisdom from understanding... ignorance just makes you the dumbass

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As a final note on EON8.com, this guy and everyone who helped him are total bitches. I blogged about it, it just pisses me off when people think they have great insight into things who dont.

http://leihai.com/blog/?p=3 - FUCK EON 8

Before: everyone is interested in it and such.

After: everyone who was interested now acts as if they knew what was going on, and calls it lame.

Same old story.

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I complete agree, and I’m not denying how well they pulled it off. I thought it was a great hoax. My problem was his overly zealous and self-gratifying analysis of people’s reaction to it. He basically stacked the deck to tantalize the conspiracy theory/terrorism scared crowd and then acted surprised at their reaction. I even wrote that:

"I would have volumes more respect for him than I do now. This 23 year old web developer (probably lives in his parents basement designing websites for the local muffler shop owner in exchange for repairs on his ‘84 Nissan Stanzawagon) actually pulled off a significant and slightly original feat on the internet. However, his shallow understanding of people and the obvious way he stacked the deck so the results would support his conclusion is so hackneyed and clichéd, it’s almost not worth mentioning the website at all."

He pulled it off, props for that. That doesn't help him escape the fact that he is still an idiot.

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TBH you don't need to stack the cards to get people thinking your a terrorist. My mates lived on a busy main road in the center of town, so they kept the curtains closed for privacy. About 2 weeks into living there, the police arrived, and did an anti terrorism raid (2 cops searched the house and took statements from everyone).

The cause? Some old guy who lived over the street called the cops because privacy = something to hide.

I dunno man, i just read your blog entry and it just seemed kinda vitreolic in places, more angry than a discourse. "(probably lives in his parents basement designing websites for the local muffler shop owner in exchange for repairs on his ‘84 Nissan Stanzawagon)", this kinda spoilt it.

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In your example I can understand, but he made the site look terrorist related on purpose. He kept saying "I don’t why they associated it with terrorism", yet he made every effort to make to site look like it was hostile. I just can't see anything in his little response but completely shallow observation. If he would have done it and then made some response about how he fooled everyone, or that making it look hostile was part of the project to begin with, then I wouldn't even care. But instead he tried to elevate himself by not only classifying everyone he "tricked" as foolish, but also part of some ignorant group of witch hunters. I thought it was a hoax from the beginning (see my original post before the counter ran out) so he wasn't speaking of me in his statement, nonetheless I can't stand him building a cold weather machine then being surprised when everyone starts to feel cold.

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