Cracking the Uncrackable Code

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  • Published on Jul 8, 2019
  • Jim Sanborn created a sculpture containing a secret message. It sits on the grounds of CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Yet no one has been able to solve it. Code breakers from around the world have tried for 30 years. They’re stumped. The artist meets with people like cryptologist Elonka Dunin who are desperate to solve the mystery at his Maryland studio every year or so. But Sanborn won’t divulge any clues. It’s too much fun keeping everyone guessing.
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  • donavon Blair
    donavon Blair 49 minutes ago

    “Be sure to drink your ovaltine”

  • khankhattak
    khankhattak 52 minutes ago

    imagine if she solved it and it said "youve been fooled"

  • Reilly Woods-Murphy
    Reilly Woods-Murphy 4 hours ago

    I wonder if they've tried running it through an enigma machine

  • Mia ain’t chill
    Mia ain’t chill 5 hours ago

    I just love how this puzzle brings people together and have them communicate and bond over a common interest, so sweet

  • jsturm5hk8h
    jsturm5hk8h 6 hours ago

    17
    1+16
    DNI/IC
    JULIA 53 17 82 37
    BILL 35 17 73 28
    KRYPTOS contains 1735 Letters
    1+7+3+5=16...1+6=7
    1/4 Unsolved. Or 25% 2+5=7
    97 Letters Unsolved. 9+7=16=1+6=7
    Everything is 9
    "Christmas" Menorah...9
    Regular Menorah...7
    Korea War End
    7 27 1953
    (7 27 1) 9. 53
    7+2+7+1= 17
    1/4
    JOHN/((Mark, Matthew Luke)& John)
    I assume the 3 that have been solved bear a resemblance to each other AND the 4th is different.
    7....9....153
    John 21.
    Matthew 4:20, Mark 1:17, Luke 5:2
    Follow Me
    FISHers of Men..... 118 64 179 53
    NOTE..8 11
    17 9 53
    3175
    CAGE
    Cage the EL e PHANT
    HIER o PHANT...V...5...22...4.
    JIM
    Jim.....JAMES
    San.....SAINT
    Born...BIRTH
    Saint James THE GREATER
    Born 3 AD
    3+A+D= 3+1+4=17=8
    Died 44 AD
    4+4+A+D= 13 = 4
    8+4=12=3= (17)4
    Welcome to 84'
    Message in a Bottle.

  • Mailo Kirmes
    Mailo Kirmes 9 hours ago

    This guy should teach Tom Holland how to keep a secret😂

  • me
    me 10 hours ago

    #kryptos

  • hieu Cu
    hieu Cu 11 hours ago

    The last code: *I AM THE ZODIAC KILLER*

  • Skittles stjean
    Skittles stjean 13 hours ago

    what if the code wasn't meant to be solve

  • Ben Potato
    Ben Potato 14 hours ago

    Maybe it's a code within a code within a code

  • Makkiiu Artsu
    Makkiiu Artsu 16 hours ago

    Ask Steve,Robin and Dustin to crack the codes they'll crack it in a day I swear

  • Gerardo Davila
    Gerardo Davila 16 hours ago

    What if he dies and the safety deposit box just gets emptied. And nobody will ever know what happened to the decryption key.

  • Basile Ryan
    Basile Ryan 18 hours ago

    3:45
    Look at the top right

  • Steve Fortuna
    Steve Fortuna 18 hours ago

    The 4th code says "yes, I killed Kennedy, and I'm proud of it". - George H. W. Bush.

  • Norman Hasibuan
    Norman Hasibuan 20 hours ago

    It turns out the code was a nuclear code to open at nhentai

  • Subho Joy
    Subho Joy 21 hour ago

    the problem is not a lot of people know about this.....if a large number of people look into it I bet it will be solved in a short span of time

  • ImmaRussianSpy
    ImmaRussianSpy 23 hours ago +1

    I swear i watched this video before but it came out a week ago

  • Turtles Are Awesome

    I have a great idea to solve Kryptos. I’m only 11 though so I can’t fly there and tell you personally. Type all the letters from Kryptos, them copy and paste it to a word scrambler on a website on google. Then get all the words that the website has given you, and figure it out from there. I hope this helps, also you don’t have to do this if you don’t want to.

    Edit: please like so they know this. I’m not doing this for likes, I just also want to see the code get cracked.
    Edit 2: this is the code
    NGHIJLMNQUVWXZKRYPTOSABCDEFGHIJL
    OHIJLMNQUVWXZKRYPTOSABCDEFGHIJL
    PIJLMNQUVWXZKRYPTOSABCDEFGHIJLM
    QJLMNQUVWXZKRYPTOSABCDEFGHIJLMN
    RLMNQUVWXZKRYPTOSABCDEFGHIJLMNQ
    SMNQUVWXZKRYPTOSABCDEFGHIJLMNQU
    TNQUVWXZKRYPTOSABCDEFGHIJLMNQUV
    UQUVWXZKRYPTOSABCDEFGHIJLMNQUVW
    VUVWXZKRYPTOSABCDEFGHIJLMNQUVWX
    WVWXZKRYPTOSABCDEFGHIJLMNQUVWXZ
    XWXZKRYPTOSABCDEFGHIJLMNQUVWXZK
    YXZKRYPTOSABCDEFGHIJLMNQUVWXZKR
    ZZKRYPTOSABCDEFGHIJLMNQUVWXZKRY
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZABCD

  • Karias abesamis
    Karias abesamis Day ago

    3:48 On the top right corner, "UX LNKX MH WKBGD RHNK HOTEMBGX". I solved it and it says "Be sure to drink your Ovaltine"

  • David Lin
    David Lin Day ago

    Only If I become employed.

  • Nataliya terletska

    the twist, there’s no secret message

  • Nolan Young
    Nolan Young Day ago

    Maybe there is no code

  • Oliver Engholm
    Oliver Engholm Day ago

    *MY MOM TRYING TO UNLOCK MY PHONE LIKE*

  • Charlie H
    Charlie H Day ago +1

    Plot twist: it has no code, that old guy just loves the attention.

  • MaLe03
    MaLe03 Day ago

    Imagine it just is like upside down and backwards

  • David Mays
    David Mays Day ago

    lol who gives a shit. it's letters displayed as a design for people to try and "solve". like is ur life gonna mysteriously change for the better if u solve it? lol its just something this asshole came up with and people have used all sorts of ways to solve it with no progress. id say the hell with it

  • Mace Windu
    Mace Windu Day ago

    I hope it’s just bullshit

  • Lakshmi Shah
    Lakshmi Shah Day ago +1

    WHY DOSENT HE JUST TELL

  • Yukari Akiyama
    Yukari Akiyama Day ago

    I see its still mystery i though someone know the answer but.. Nvm 😂🤣

  • Carlos Del Kazo
    Carlos Del Kazo Day ago

    ......and then doing crack

  • rai ko-Kun
    rai ko-Kun Day ago

    "You can't have order without chaos" ~MLBB Lunox

  • Jared Velasco
    Jared Velasco Day ago

    This video reminded me of ready player one.

  • Rollin Salvador
    Rollin Salvador 2 days ago

    *The last code*
    "Hey bro, chill!! Chill!! Its a prank! Theres a camera over there!!"

  • Ragnarok k
    Ragnarok k 2 days ago +1

    *Maybe the Artist was on Crack when he made the 4th code*

  • Snooper Guy
    Snooper Guy 2 days ago

    Just imagine the code is legit just “*figure out if you are gay*”

  • val.entino
    val.entino 2 days ago

    what if it's just the wifi password

  • IcyGaming GT
    IcyGaming GT 2 days ago

    Wait so you can crack the uncrackable uncracked crap?

  • w1nter
    w1nter 2 days ago

    it says your mom gey

  • Laurens Devos
    Laurens Devos 2 days ago +1

    Sheldon could probably do this in 2 hours

  • Hurley Cape town
    Hurley Cape town 2 days ago +1

    An iphone is 4 billion times faster than the machine they used nearly 80 years ago to crack Enigma and you telling me with our computing power today this can't be cracked,seems odd.

  • johnny d
    johnny d 2 days ago

    Im surprised nobody has kidnapped and torchered him for the code

  • she and her cat
    she and her cat 2 days ago

    What if he actually didn't know and he's bluffing? Is that stupid to say?

  • J Iserhoff Studios
    J Iserhoff Studios 2 days ago +5

    someone: *cracks the code*
    uncrackable code: *actually the password for the ROBLOX account*
    ROBLOX: wait, that's illegal.

  • moonyy x
    moonyy x 2 days ago

    the man one day latee: frick, i forgot the code.

  • moonyy x
    moonyy x 2 days ago

    NAJANSNSJAMKAOCUWNALODUFHANAOAJDBWKA9SHBFQLOAHDJALAOSFHJALALAHDHWIANDNSOAIAHSHDKAOAKDJFBWLALSJDJSKALAMDNDUSIOALANDNFKSPAISJDJAOAKDNRBRIISKWNSISISKSJDNDNSNSNSMSMSMSJSKSKKSWIISIAJAIAISIZIDICICIZUXUXUX
    her: is that a code?
    me: no that's just how i talk to my friends.

  • iApplePro P
    iApplePro P 2 days ago +1

    Commenting the commentable comment

  • dulguun khurts
    dulguun khurts 2 days ago

    well then its not uncrackable

  • Calvin Tong
    Calvin Tong 2 days ago

    Fam in 0:58 there’s a grid of letters...

  • Shadow X
    Shadow X 2 days ago

    I got a solution why don’t they just solve it

  • Jacob Olson
    Jacob Olson 2 days ago

    what if the last kryptos code was just meaningless and Jon was using the kryptos group to bring him food when he's old

  • Danger Noodle
    Danger Noodle 2 days ago +1

    But steel’s heavier than feathers.

  • David T.
    David T. 2 days ago

    Oh quit it. Can't you see that this code is this guy's life now? This is what brings you guys to him every year! This is what keeps people interested in talking to him and giving him power! He'll never give you guys a clue, because he never wants us to be solved! Maybe on his deathbed, but that's it.

  • deon daylisan
    deon daylisan 2 days ago

    nardwuar can sove this puzzle come on..

  • Angela Nixx
    Angela Nixx 2 days ago

    Imagine if it was just a prank.

  • Castillo Alexander
    Castillo Alexander 2 days ago

    It says Subscribe to Pewdiepie in many languages

  • Edward Leal
    Edward Leal 2 days ago

    It would be funny if it said lol how did it take you so long

  • InfernoPlus
    InfernoPlus 3 days ago

    Maybe...they are thinking too much, maybe settle down a bit go back to the basics of everything and look at the puzzle. Maybe it’s only solvable by a clear un-intelectual mind.

  • Sauvage Ascension
    Sauvage Ascension 3 days ago +1

    It’s an ancient Luciferian text message from The Real Satan. In a language created by Lucifer on the 999th day. Fr fr.

  • _merpitscassandra_
    _merpitscassandra_ 3 days ago

    Oooo Maryland :o

  • Voikiller
    Voikiller 3 days ago

    Transform letters to numbers then use numbers for a GPS position?

  • KEEP ER GOIN
    KEEP ER GOIN 3 days ago

    Donald trumps roblox password

  • Zoi Meleva
    Zoi Meleva 3 days ago

    2:53 OMG HE IS LOOKING AT BULGARIAN LETTERS

  • Dead_Ringer Gaming
    Dead_Ringer Gaming 3 days ago

    What if it’s not a code at all and that’s why no one can crack it the creator states “artwork should be meant to confuse people forever” well something along the lines of that but he could have just made people think it’s a code because of the first 3

  • Joanna Mysluk
    Joanna Mysluk 3 days ago

    Alex Hirsch: F! I should have included this on Gravity Falls!

  • Simone the slayer
    Simone the slayer 3 days ago

    She said in there late 2,000

  • Ryan-Sebastian De Villeres élève

    Mabye the last code is unbreakable and that he made the first three solvable and the fourth un solvable mabye its just a pile of random letters, mabye the artist justs wants to see everyone try

  • DyNa
    DyNa 3 days ago

    Imagine it is meant to be unsolved because it cant be solved

  • your one direction obsessed friend

    *turns out its just jibberish to confuse people*

  • ScorpZ The 1st
    ScorpZ The 1st 3 days ago

    I have a feeling that’s it’s something to do with illuminati🙁

  • ii_possumz
    ii_possumz 3 days ago

    Puzzles an stuff are one of my personalities and she’s exactly like mine.

  • Ponderer Of Pointless Dreams

    Some indian kid probably posted the answer on 4-chan 5 years ago

  • Light Yagami
    Light Yagami 3 days ago

    What a legend

  • Pollatent
    Pollatent 3 days ago

    It’s not uncrackable if you cracked it fuckwads

  • 08354775 00061
    08354775 00061 3 days ago

    When you realize it was just a giant crossword puzzle

  • Andrew Taylor
    Andrew Taylor 3 days ago

    Is it in latin

  • Colten Nowak
    Colten Nowak 4 days ago +4

    It would be funny as hell if when he died they went to the box and it’s was just a piece of paper saying “Sike”

  • Cheaterpig 2007
    Cheaterpig 2007 4 days ago

    lmao what if the code just says “if you or one of your loved ones has been diagnosed with mesothelioma”

  • Matthew Davidson
    Matthew Davidson 4 days ago

    Machine learning and AI will solve it!

  • TheGamingHusky
    TheGamingHusky 4 days ago

    what if it's just a bunch of random letters

  • Galactica Schuyler
    Galactica Schuyler 4 days ago

    The secret message is what alien weapons are hidden inside Area 51

  • TurtleMan8365
    TurtleMan8365 4 days ago

    New method: Jim: oh hi Elonka
    Elonka: *pulls out gun

  • SimpleKhajiit
    SimpleKhajiit 4 days ago

    ever thought that maybe he's just fuckin with people. the ultimate troll

  • Rayane Liam
    Rayane Liam 4 days ago

    Plot twist : the answer is SEND NUDES

  • Morgan Thomas
    Morgan Thomas 4 days ago

    Just programme some sort of ai or algorithem to crack it

  • Luzzie Hall
    Luzzie Hall 4 days ago +1

    OMG I GOT IT

    ok so each letter will

    Jk no I have no idea

  • naenae la raza
    naenae la raza 4 days ago

    I have to come home now so that I’m not sure if y’all have a good good time to talk or have to work that weekend I will let her have it and then go get out of here to see what I have done for me omg omg was the day that we got to get it I was just going home to see how it went hey hey girl how is it baby hey baby I love to talk about this I love to see your baby girl and hug me and hug and kiss kiss me baby I wanna have a good day love and kiss hug and hug me baby love and hug me kiss hug and hug hug me and kiss kiss me kiss kiss and kiss hug me and kiss hug and kiss kiss me baby kiss hug hug me and hug me baby I love to talk about this place and hug me baby I wanna (here find the code )(i was just pressing the autocorrect in the middle of the keyboard)

  • Trinity G.
    Trinity G. 4 days ago

    maybe look at the shadow plays , at a certain time of day or night, FULL MOON

  • TheTragedyThatIsMyLife

    What if there is no code and the answer is literally what is on the sculpture

  • DioXL
    DioXL 4 days ago

    Einstein: I'm the smartest man in the world, I can solve everything.

    Kryptos: Hold my letters.

  • Walter Beitusch
    Walter Beitusch 4 days ago

    The code says Trump is your President.

  • Ben
    Ben 4 days ago

    What if you read it going side to side so if you lay on far left corner and switch to left then right continuously, it might show you a sentence that you would barely see?

  • donga kolny
    donga kolny 4 days ago

    So they didnt solve it? Uh. Okhay

  • hyisral
    hyisral 4 days ago

    Imagine how long it would take before someone made an AI to solve this.

  • Péter Dobos
    Péter Dobos 4 days ago

    Code: Code xd

  • Gie Diola
    Gie Diola 4 days ago

    I guess it's his way of keeping friends and other people coming to him 😂😂😂

  • Caninebula603
    Caninebula603 4 days ago

    what if the code is a code he made as a kid that nobody has seen before

  • Nathan gami
    Nathan gami 4 days ago

    And here I am, solving a 4x4 puzzle for 9 Minutes

  • Yoongi And Wine
    Yoongi And Wine 4 days ago

    Imagine just lying that you know the answer and getting a whole ass feast (for freE) every year just for u to give them no answer

  • radornkeldam
    radornkeldam 4 days ago

    it's random noise.

  • Gaege Webb
    Gaege Webb 4 days ago

    Click baited asf