Cracking the Uncrackable Code

  • 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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Comments • 6 523

  • Great Big Story
    Great Big Story  2 months ago +862

    So you want to be a code breaker? Here's how:

  • Xero Xyn
    Xero Xyn 19 hours ago


  • Donavyn 74
    Donavyn 74 19 hours ago

    In the sculpture it said Kryptos over and over

  • Theunopenchest Gaming

    Have the tried Enigma?

  • Sniper_Taco
    Sniper_Taco Day ago

    Diagonal or horizontal or vertical?

  • Gumamuta 2
    Gumamuta 2 Day ago

    Plot twist:it's a crossword puzzle

  • My imagination did this. To me

    I can’t believe it!

  • Hornet isn’t void
    Hornet isn’t void 2 days ago

    *turns out that it was just backwards*

  • Beasty
    Beasty 2 days ago +1

    5:49 *how is that globe spinning*

  • Beasty
    Beasty 2 days ago +1

    *its just random letters*

  • roze
    roze 2 days ago

    So therese a code 1 2 3 those are cracked and then theres 4 what ir fors lets say zzgjskjg code letters ment the letter is 1 2 or 3 lets say the z is from 3 witch means lets say A and g from 2 is B mby? Idk

  • Sam Goal
    Sam Goal 2 days ago

    Dont think she will make it

  • Max Inpains
    Max Inpains 2 days ago +1

    Its says 9-11was a inside job and Epstein didnt kill himself , Trump is a Russian's puppet . 😂🤣

    • Max Inpains
      Max Inpains 2 days ago

      @Ionut DU Yeah ? She is in a grave tho . 😂🤣

    • Ionut DU
      Ionut DU 2 days ago

      Your mother is a Russian puppet.

  • Green Danial Animates

    All i see they are just eating sushi and sashimi

  • MrFruffing
    MrFruffing 2 days ago

    maybe the letters laid u make a topographical map which could spell something out?

  • Fatima Araujo
    Fatima Araujo 2 days ago

    What if the code was deez nuts

  • the Godfather _
    the Godfather _ 2 days ago

    Is it written backwords

  • the Godfather _
    the Godfather _ 2 days ago

    Use the theory that cracked the first set and apply it

  • grinch OP
    grinch OP 3 days ago

    Damn you clickbait!

  • Susie Gacha gamer
    Susie Gacha gamer 3 days ago

    How can u crack a uncrackable code

  • derek frost
    derek frost 3 days ago

    How do you crack an uncrackable code?

  • lIzfOrwIfE_yT
    lIzfOrwIfE_yT 3 days ago

    imagine it being just yo hi hello wassup

  • Ghost in The Cosmos
    Ghost in The Cosmos 3 days ago

    What if it’s in Latin. Or maybe in another language?

  • Daniel Wang
    Daniel Wang 3 days ago

    Bruh I thought this would be like some sort of ancient Mayan sculpture that tells us of aliens or smth

  • HB39 ooo
    HB39 ooo 3 days ago +1

    Imagine it says “HEHEHE”

  • the_lauriss Lauris
    the_lauriss Lauris 4 days ago +1

    When sun shines in the code take a picture then use miror and use kryptos

  • Boaz Mckoy
    Boaz Mckoy 4 days ago

    ME SEES TITLE.......
    Life is a lie

  • Ok.
    Ok. 4 days ago

    Imagine him saying that there is no code

  • Gamer 101
    Gamer 101 4 days ago

    When that one kid solves the problem puzzle in class but don't tell anyone the answers

  • Saima Rashid
    Saima Rashid 4 days ago

    Have you tried to rearrange the letters like for example when letter A is shown it actually means letter Z

  • aiden hoyle
    aiden hoyle 4 days ago

    He prolly just said fuck it and just put the letters in a totally random order

  • Poqto Xx
    Poqto Xx 4 days ago

    I bet it just says another code and a whole new story happeneds

  • Paul Ubongen
    Paul Ubongen 4 days ago

    I can do that too, i do it all the time in my computer

  • - A13X -
    - A13X - 4 days ago

    That sculpture definitely wasn't cut by jigsaws or by hand.

  • imxnse
    imxnse 4 days ago

    So Jim Sanborn said sum: *kdveodvsoapwkegoxbxvsuwia*

  • Night Fury
    Night Fury 4 days ago

    Make sure you ask the answer before he dies.

  • Dragon Gamerz
    Dragon Gamerz 5 days ago +6

    Nobody'll see this comment, but I cracked it already.

    It has Obama's last name.

  • Read My Description
    Read My Description 5 days ago

    200 iq plays

  • ProtonGaming
    ProtonGaming 5 days ago

    Maybe it has something to do with the curve in it and if you look at it a specific way it shows the answer.

  • Micheal Rodriguez
    Micheal Rodriguez 5 days ago

    man i’m puzzled

  • Azar Tsay
    Azar Tsay 5 days ago +1

    Plot twist : the last paragraph is just random letters

  • Viktor
    Viktor 5 days ago +1

    What is the 4th answer is that there is no answer. It's like a message. Not everything has an answer.

  • 賢有陸
    賢有陸 5 days ago

    Wonder if Alan Turing would guess it if he was still alive.

  • • p a n c a k e   g a c h a s •

    Bruh just say you’ll delete his Minecraft account trust me

  • dumballl Playz
    dumballl Playz 5 days ago

    If it’s unsolvable how did she solve it it’s not unsolvable if she solved it

  • Xavier Catalano
    Xavier Catalano 5 days ago

    I saw car🤔

  • Roark Bolivar
    Roark Bolivar 5 days ago


  • 2zu
    2zu 5 days ago

    The thing is what if you need to use all 4 of the codes to crack the last one???

  • Peter Clark
    Peter Clark 6 days ago +1

    The whole sculpture is actually a word search

  • Ghost_Rip
    Ghost_Rip 6 days ago

    you cant find it out just by reading what has already been discovered.
    you need some shrooms or acid

  • Wyatt Waters
    Wyatt Waters 7 days ago

    Turing rolling in his grave

  • Michael .A
    Michael .A 7 days ago

    Its Krabby Patty formula

  • MatteGamer2
    MatteGamer2 8 days ago

    I MIGHT HAVE AN SOLUTION maybe its like the word code or whatever every bomb solver uses for example : a = alpha d = delta. Like that BUT every letter is a word.

  • Kayla Nguyen
    Kayla Nguyen 8 days ago

    Jim Sanborn has a 10000000 IQ

  • mahmoud gaming
    mahmoud gaming 8 days ago


  • indira deleon
    indira deleon 8 days ago

    3:48 look at the top corner right of the screen ;0;

  • Suburban Kid
    Suburban Kid 9 days ago

    When you’re learning a new language

  • Jay M
    Jay M 9 days ago

    It says "Poop"

  • Danny Nguyen
    Danny Nguyen 9 days ago

    Meanwhile I can’t even solve how to open a fridge

  • _TooManyBoats
    _TooManyBoats 9 days ago

    Actually its the libre primus