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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  • Lyle Chipperson
    Lyle Chipperson 2 hours ago

    man these troll puzzles rule.. this and cicada 3301.. clearly made to be intentionally impossible

  • Ryo Syori Ki
    Ryo Syori Ki 3 hours ago

    try applying AI to decipher the last code.

  • Maxwell King
    Maxwell King 4 hours ago

    that's not 12 feet tall...

  • Qwerty_ 1681
    Qwerty_ 1681 4 hours ago

    Elonka is that person who pours all the legos on the floor without organizing it

  • Everything
    Everything 5 hours ago

    It's nothing but a money making tourist attraction. Trust me. If the internet could go balls deep into Cicada 3301, this would have been solved a long time ago.

  • TheCryptoCoinist
    TheCryptoCoinist 6 hours ago

    Just a little bit of acid would do these guys justice

  • Kubilay Erpolat
    Kubilay Erpolat 7 hours ago

    What i dont understand, is why someone can be so obsessed with a crypto, that doesnt actually give you a reward other then the feeling of completing it

  • et Kim
    et Kim 10 hours ago

    The reason why it's so hard is becuase he never made a code so his code doesnt follow the same trend as other codes

  • Ismael Escobedo
    Ismael Escobedo 10 hours ago


  • Mr Charro
    Mr Charro 14 hours ago +1

    😂just get the cicada guys lol

  • Venxer
    Venxer 18 hours ago

    Maybe it has to scramble and then unscrambled then to scrambled and then turned to binary, then turn it into a actual sentence

  • Samuel Larouche
    Samuel Larouche 20 hours ago

    Anyone here after the Cicada 3301 series?

  • TimeTraveling SchoolShooter

    Anyone try using the sun or how the sun shines thru what at what time? Just a thought maybe?

  • Pixel Hive
    Pixel Hive Day ago

    Find Kryptos
    Kleptomaniacs really yeald persision to octover seventh

    Like if you saw it

  • Ho Hui
    Ho Hui Day ago

    Check. The. Environment.

    • Ho Hui
      Ho Hui Day ago

      Not the cryptic message

  • zpSean
    zpSean Day ago

    Someone from the call of duty zombies community should try and crack it

  • Lily Ren
    Lily Ren Day ago

    Imagine it said sub to pewdiepie or hahahaha I just wasted years of your time (Lenny face)

  • Connor Skornia
    Connor Skornia Day ago

    Wait till mr roflwaffles finds it

  • WeirdWhiteDog
    WeirdWhiteDog Day ago

    Just bring a gun to one of the meetings and hold it to the guys head and say TELL US THE FUCKING CODE OR THE ONLY THING YOU'LL BE CRACKING IS YOUR SKULL

  • mega gamer88
    mega gamer88 Day ago

    Plot,twist the fourth code is not a code he just put random letters and numbers

  • ShinySceptile10
    ShinySceptile10 Day ago

    Have they tried doing it backwards then trying the codes?

    IFYMLEADER95 Day ago

    So we can crack all of these but not the zodiac letters

  • Hamilton Musical

    What if this guy Jim Sanborn who created a sculpture made of crypto message is also the person behind CICADA 3301.

  • Benis
    Benis Day ago +1

    0:56 that sentence emanates lawful good energy

  • 2thruthseeker love n fear

    " j m ennuie dans la vie, pas d'amis ...."
    " ben sculpte une crypto de 3x5 dont toi seul a la clé !"

  • I can’t see when I laugh

    What if she’s just thinking too hard

  • Wendy Baucom
    Wendy Baucom Day ago

    5 hundred years later someone looks at it with a magnifying glass and sees the sentence is literaly on top of the code

  • Literally ZoZo
    Literally ZoZo Day ago

    the moment i saw this i kept thinking there was something to do with how the sun shines on kryptos

  • huiwunz art
    huiwunz art Day ago

    Just bribe the creator of the code or raid his home for the piece of paper the answer is on

  • GiVer
    GiVer Day ago

    The creator of Kryptus likes the attention and the once a year "friends" people that come to visit and bring him gifts, he loves all the power. lmao!

  • Belu Pilem
    Belu Pilem Day ago

    give a hot saucy woman to that artist, that will break him.

  • A literal cancer
    A literal cancer 2 days ago

    "Yo mum gay."

  • صافي عمر
    صافي عمر 2 days ago

    It is a message from storm area 51

  • yung blood11235
    yung blood11235 2 days ago

    What if he forgot the code and has just been playing with everyone

  • oChristinao
    oChristinao 2 days ago

    imagine some internet troll solved it.. haha...

  • Sirius Man
    Sirius Man 2 days ago

    2019: Cryptologist Solving this puzzle
    2099: Students are solving the test

  • Sirius Man
    Sirius Man 2 days ago

    Did the Dictionary forgot something?

  • treeFRY101
    treeFRY101 2 days ago

    Youre doing too much work. Must look at an angle of a certain degree. Line it up just right maybe reveal the message.

  • BS Reborn Phoenix
    BS Reborn Phoenix 2 days ago +3

    I would laugh if it was shadow/sunlight based

  • SwagHags69
    SwagHags69 2 days ago +4

    There's no reason it couldn't be unsolvable.
    You can use random characters and people will be talking about your art piece for decades.

  • iknowyouarebutwhatami

    *It reveals who actually killed JFK*

    TOSCHE 2 days ago

    This guy knows something CIA doesn´t want him to know. For proving CIA that he wll keep it a secret they told him to prove he can keep a secret for his live. Thats why he inveted a mystery everyone wants to solve and added a fouth abstract of nonsese. Now he shows CIA he will never reveal the cryptologists that the last paragraph isactually just nonsense.

  • NO NO
    NO NO 2 days ago

    This is the lady from their new documentaries (3301)

  • Joshua Sudholt
    Joshua Sudholt 2 days ago

    What if he just put jibberish as the last code? So that people would spend ages just to be stumped

  • WaynesWorkVlog
    WaynesWorkVlog 2 days ago

  • Xnoob Speakable
    Xnoob Speakable 2 days ago

    30 years...

  • Andrei Montillano
    Andrei Montillano 2 days ago

    Why don't they just try to unscrumble the letters

  • L J
    L J 2 days ago

    "Hey babe, what do you want to eat?"

  • Betty Valdez
    Betty Valdez 2 days ago

    Maybe it isnt a code

  • fenixcl
    fenixcl 2 days ago

    taking an lsd can help i guess....

  • Quantum Theory
    Quantum Theory 2 days ago +1

    Have they looked at the shadow?

  • Primo Gatilia
    Primo Gatilia 3 days ago

    The code is the answer to "why did the chicken crossed the road?"

  • Jon Hulen
    Jon Hulen 3 days ago

    Imagine if he wasn’t going to make the deadline for the sculpture and he just threw a bunch of random letter together. There is no code

  • Mila Kluczynski
    Mila Kluczynski 3 days ago

    wait a second is this that woman that was talking to those people on that cicada 3301 on ep 2?

  • cdawson198600
    cdawson198600 3 days ago

    I see the word krypto diagonally and horizontally all over it with just a few places where it isn’t written.... I think it’s just meant to troll people.

  • a weird kpop stan
    a weird kpop stan 3 days ago +1

    What if this knows the cure for cancer???

  • Lola's Fun World
    Lola's Fun World 3 days ago +1

    Have you tried a different language?

  • Ade Putera
    Ade Putera 4 days ago +1

    So, where do i submit my finding? Are there some sort of reward for cracking the code?

  • Andy Chen
    Andy Chen 4 days ago

    Funny compare this to cicada 3301 this is almost nothing.

  • jforr123
    jforr123 4 days ago +1

    The sunlight shines through the key code letters at the specific time and day of year and shows on the ground.
    You're welcome.

  • Grace Mullins
    Grace Mullins 4 days ago

    Google password protect gets off to this video

  • Dhananjay Singh
    Dhananjay Singh 4 days ago +1

    Isn't it written kryptos there

  • ivy ruth
    ivy ruth 4 days ago

    i love dan brown!!!!

  • kookie own me
    kookie own me 5 days ago +1

    I can crack that...using a hammer

  • Shaun Salvan
    Shaun Salvan 5 days ago +10

    This guy probably smashed his head on the keyboard to make the code

  • Faze Giggs
    Faze Giggs 5 days ago

    Find all the words that could be spelt out with those letters and try as many possible combinations as possible this is my theorie

  • sleepy boi
    sleepy boi 5 days ago

    The creator of the codes is the Great troll in the world...

  • Sadique Khan
    Sadique Khan 5 days ago

    When nothing works
    Social engineering is way to go

  • Weaponised Autism
    Weaponised Autism 5 days ago +14

    *he forgot the code*

  • Aaron Chen
    Aaron Chen 5 days ago +1

    Who’s here from the cicada video?😁

  • aman prasad
    aman prasad 5 days ago

    imagine that you're actually imagining to solve this code but first you need to be able to be that much imaginative that you can imagine to decipher this imaginative code!!!!!!!!

  • aman prasad
    aman prasad 5 days ago

    where's my cicada 3301 coders n deciphers at 🤔🤔🤔

  • Bettina
    Bettina 5 days ago

    I wonder if the others were cracked using the same method(s)? I am not a code breaker, but don't some codes need a key? This must drive those code breakers bananas.

  • Ka Roblox
    Ka Roblox 5 days ago

    What if it just said "ha loser" in several different languages?