Solutions Backwards Initiative
Piecing together the login dialog and clicking the "submit" button at the Secure Broadcast Informatics site (http://www.securebroadcastinformatics.com/) directs you to the Solutions Backward Initiative page.
It seems that a group of self-described "pilgrims" working for a quantum encryption company have devised a method of sending information from Year Zero back through time to the present, in the hope that we will change their reality. This suggests that the Nine Inch Nails album Year Zero and the related websites are artifacts from 15 years in the future.
The /pilgrims website mentions Mallett Rings. Further research indicates this may be a reference to Ronald L. Mallett, Ph.D., Professor of Physics at University of Connecticut. Some of his research includes time travel and rings of light. http://www.physics.uconn.edu/~mallett/main/research_activities.htm
Furthermore, the name Chiarello is mentioned in the logs. This is a direct reference to Fabio Chiarello, who since 1992 has been involved in major research in the field of Quantum computing. Currently, Fabio Chiarello right now is the major researcher in the field of SQUIDs or Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices. For more info on Chiarello's work
solutions backwards initiative was taken down
From IRC at http://www.solutionsbackwardsinitiative.net/pilgrims/
keyed by ap4thy20
(Carolina: thE HOUR IS AT HAND) (WAYNE: w8ting w8ting 4 what?) YI: Who is there? JORDAN: Wayne & Carolina @ SBI. Carolina's in the tarpit. Frank is relaying. I'm @ McGill. I've got a class writing an exam--may have to jump out. MIGUEL IS NOW ONLINE MIGUEL: I'm representing for Georgetown. Sorry I'm late. EVA: my palms are fucking drenched. WAYNE: No problem Mikey. You good and secure over there? MIGUEL: As secure as it gets. FWIW. EVA: this is all pointless, i'm telling you this is an inside job. WAYNE: Eva thinks we're screwed. EVA: toller. i bet toller ratted us out. YI: You are young. You want it to be an enemy. It isn't like that. It's the cafeteria worker, the neighbor, the janitor, your boss, the telecomm repairman. It's not a matter of "who." Just "when." MIGUEL: Wow. Cynical. YI: No. Just old. KALPESH IS NOW ONLINE. KALPESH: What have I missed? (CAROLINA: thE HOUR IS AT HAND) YI: When I was 13, I was a Red Guard. I rode the train to Beijing to hear Mao speak. I told on people who were reactionaries, including my parents. I tried to change the world. MIGUEL: Hi, Kalpesh. How are things on your side of the pond? KALPESH: Bloody crazy. Let's get this over and done with and shut down for awhile. FRANCISCO: I'm back. Carolina's in the tarpit. MIGUEL: And feeling Biblical! YI: You do not have to join an organization. Sometimes if you just wait, times will change. The hard part is not doing things that later you are ashamed of. ALICIA IS NOW ONLINE ALICIA: you folks need me? JORDAN: Is Carolina running her stuff, Wayne? WAYNE: Yes. ALICIA: really, do you need me? bad time here at Fermi. FRANCISCO: You're worried about security, A? ALICIA: to put it mildly JORDAN: Then go. Burn this log, but watch your instruments. If we get something, it may move the needle over there. ALICIA: tx JORDAN: burn this log, obviously ALICIA: y ALICIA IS NOW OFFLINE FRANCISCO: C has just asked me to run calibration. EVA: i cannot believe you guys chose her. i'd be faster. JORDAN: Eva, if they are coming to audit tomorrow, and they find something, it would be stupid to have all three of you onsite at SBI. FRANCISCO: Doctoring the access logs now. As far as they know, Wayne and Carolina never came back into the building. WAYNE: skilz, Frankie! EVA: This was my last fucking sick day. (WAYNE: w8ting w8ting 4 what?) YI: No one believes Carolina is a subversive FRANCISCO: Hm. Shit. KALPESH: We'll see if that's still true tomorrow. MIGUEL: What's our key text? (CAROLINA: thE HOUR IS AT HAND) EVA: don't get me started. FRANCISCO: Wayne, you're bleeding data somehow. JORDAN: We mined a few banned books/songs. WAYNE: Eva didn't like my choice. EVA: jesus christ. why not send back "winnie the pooh"? WAYNE: When they ban Piglet, I will. (WAYNE: w8ting w8ting 4 what?) EVA: wayne shut the FUCK up MIGUEL: Banned books? Oh, THAT was a good idea. WAYNE: It's not me, I swear. There's some kinda glitch, it keeps reposting. FRANCISCO: Wayne, this login is bleeding onto the main page. JORDAN: Sorry. KALPESH: Shit I keep thinking I hear someone on the roof of my apartment. MIGUEL: Boo! WAYNE: What? KALPESH: <kalpesh gives Miguel the finger> (CAROLINA: thE HOUR IS AT HAND) FRANCISCO: Carolina's running now. Suerte, chica. (WAYNE: w8ting w8ting 4 what?) EVA: at least i used music from someone who's alive and fucking kicking. MIGUEL: Was alive when he went to prison. Who knows now. WAYNE: What do you mean "bleeding data?" KALPESH: heard it again FRANCISCO: Carolina says text is in the bed. WAYNE: Sandwich 1/2 done. JORDAN: Shut up Wayne. (WAYNE: w8ting w8ting 4 what?) EVA: I'm going to pull your fingers out of their sockets, wayne. WAYNE: IT'S NOT ME!! FRANCISCO: SHIT. I scrubbed out logon off the main page but it's back again! Wayne, stop screwing around! WAYNE: I'M NOT DOING ANYTHING!!!! YI: could it be carolina's machine? EVA: Christ you're right it's on the front page. If someone sees what we're fucked. (CAROLINA: thE HOUR IS AT HAND) KALPESH: shit I think
It is speculated that the above mentioned music ("at least i used music from someone who's alive and fucking kicking") is in fact Year Zero and that the "someone" is Trent Reznor. Further evidence for this can be found in the music video for Survivalism, in which a SWAT team member is seen dragging Trent's body down a hallway.
It is also speculated that all of the "world of Year Zero" websites are in fact sent back in time from the year 2022--Year Zero, by Solutions Backwards Initiative. This is strengthened by the graininess of the background of the sites, as well as the reflected text, etc. This distortion could have happened when the sites were being sent through time.
The literature mentioned in the irc conversation, then, would be the quotes from Slaughterhouse-Five, etc. that have been found in broken text in the background of the sites.
Note that the website refers often to cryptography. In standard cryptographic examples Alice broadcasts texts to Bob and Eve is the person trying to intercept. Here we have Alicia and Eva? Can this be coincidence -- also eva is the last person to go offline. Perhaps this is a hint that she is not what she seems?
The number sequence 24.19.12 is found hidden on the Solutions Backwards Initiative page.
Additionally, there is hidden content in the form of fragments of obscured text embedded the background of the site. These five bits of text directly reference a line from Huck Finn. The passage that is quoted in the fragments:
'It was a close place. I took it up, and held it in my hand. I was a-trembling, because I’d got to decide, forever, betwixt two things, and I knowed it. I studied a minute, sort of holding my breath, and then says to myself: “All right then, I’ll go to hell”—and tore it up. It was awful thoughts and awful words, but they was said. And I let them stay said; and never thought no more about reforming.'