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Kryptos is a sculpture located on the grounds of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Installed in 1990, its thousands of characters contain encrypted messages, of which three have been solved (so far). There is still a fourth section at the bottom consisting of 97 or 98 characters which remains uncracked.
Originally posted by ZeddicusZulZorander
Can you IMAGINE if someone from ATS cracked the final section?
Originally posted by Toelint
Here's a link to it as it's been decoded.
Solution: Three parts of Kryptos have been decrypted so far. Note: The word "iqlusion" in part one is not a transcription mistake. This is how it is actually encoded in Kryptos.
* Between subtle shading and the absence of light lies the nuance of iqlusion.
* It was totally invisible.
How's that possible? They used the earth's magnetic field. x The information was gathered and transmitted undergruund to an unknown location. x Does Langley know about this? They should: it's buried out there somewhere. x Who knows the exact location? Only WW. This was his last message. x Thirty-eight degrees fifty-seven minutes six point five seconds north, seventy-seven degrees eight minutes forty-four seconds west. ID by rows.
* Slowly, desparatly slowly, the remains of passage debris that encumbered the lower part of the doorway was removed.
With trembling hands I made a tiny breach in the upper left-hand corner. And then, widening the hole a little, I inserted the candle and peered in. The hot air escaping from the chamber caused the flame to flicker, but presently details of the room within emerged from the mist. x Can you see anything?
Originally posted by Toelint
...Concise Oxford Dictionary (9th edition, 1995) and came up with the following table:
E 11.1607 %56.88
A 8.4966 %43.31
R 7.5809 %38.64
I 7.5448 %38.45
O 7.1635 %36.51
T 6.9509 %35.43
N 6.6544 %33.92
S 5.7351 %29.23
L 5.4893 %27.98
C 4.5388 %23.13
U 3.6308 %18.51
D 3.3844 %17.25
P 3.1671 %16.14
H 3.0034 %15.31
M 3.0129 %15.36
G 2.4705 %12.59
B 2.0720 %10.56
F 1.8121 %9.24
Y 1.7779 %9.06
W 1.2899 %6.57
K 1.1016 %5.61
V 1.0074 %5.13
X 0.2902 %1.48
Z 0.2722 %1.39
J 0.1965 %1.00
Q 0.1962 %(1)
[edit on 28-6-2005 by Toelint]
Typo Confounds Kryptos Sleuths
For more than a decade, amateur and professional cryptographers have been trying to decipher an encrypted sculpture that sits on the grounds of the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Three-fourths of the sculpture has already been solved.
But now Jim Sanborn, the artist who created the Kryptos sculpture, says he made a mistake. A previously solved part of the puzzle that sleuths assumed was correct for years isn't. The new information, including what the mistaken text really says, is creating a buzz among enthusiasts who've been obsessed over the sculpture for years.
It all comes down to a letter that Sanborn left out of the sculpture. He only recently realized the omission was leading sleuths down a misguided path. His followers, however, aren't feeling any grief about the misdirection.