Cracking the Uncrackable Code

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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  • Marvel Studious

    Marvel Studious

    3 minutes ago

    Imagine he died and we would never find out the “code”

  • Fermuso • 27 years ago

    Fermuso • 27 years ago

    7 minutes ago

    Jim: *speaks* Codebreakers: *writes down everything he said*

  • Zedz

    Zedz

    28 minutes ago

    Instead of cracking this code, lets crack up a cure for cancer

  • Jessehh

    Jessehh

    Hour ago

    Look at the top corner of 3:50

  • ScootUnknown _

    ScootUnknown _

    Hour ago

    If a human can make it a human can solve it🤷🏼‍♂️

  • JaninaGonzales

    JaninaGonzales

    Hour ago

    google doesn't know it?

  • Emilio Gonzalez

    Emilio Gonzalez

    2 hours ago

    what if its not a code but random bullshit

  • Aivr3524 GD

    Aivr3524 GD

    2 hours ago

    just look from the side

  • The Legendary Ninjas - Gaming and More

    The Legendary Ninjas - Gaming and More

    2 hours ago

    *Plot Twist* : He just smashed the keyboard a bunch of times.

  • Helmi Azis

    Helmi Azis

    3 hours ago

    Imagine if the message was: Your mom gay.

  • R5N2K20

    R5N2K20

    4 hours ago

    why not use the cia technique? abduct him and waterboard him until he reveals the message

  • Tiger GW Rimando

    Tiger GW Rimando

    4 hours ago

    Can you try switching A to Z. Z to A

  • Meme God23

    Meme God23

    5 hours ago

    I know the code

  • JustJustin Adrian

    JustJustin Adrian

    5 hours ago

    *This woman is the biggest fan of bill cipher*

  • Inan Guden

    Inan Guden

    5 hours ago

    I have a great solution, let me know if you need help with new ones;)

  • Lil Baka

    Lil Baka

    6 hours ago

    The code reveals the date Half Life 3 will be released.

  • Big Boss

    Big Boss

    7 hours ago

    think outside the vox.

  • MJP

    MJP

    7 hours ago

    I wouldn’t be surprised if it didn’t mean anything, he is an artist after all and this could be a message of the inability to solve something. He probably set up the other codes as bait to make you think the fourth one could have been solved.

  • Laura Maue

    Laura Maue

    7 hours ago

    Life goal: Get so good at my job that authors name characters after me.

  • Noè

    Noè

    7 hours ago

    there is a horse in the code

  • vio tato

    vio tato

    8 hours ago

    HE A CUTIE OMG

  • Minako M

    Minako M

    8 hours ago

    The last part is probably in Latin

  • NinjaRage 13

    NinjaRage 13

    8 hours ago

    Imagine a little kid just goes up to it and scrambles the letters around a bit and finds the last code lol

  • Arkib Ilmu

    Arkib Ilmu

    10 hours ago

    The fourth code function as the job keeper for the kryptos. If cia saw everyone want and can solve it, then there is no need to hire specialize people.

  • Jack Ïn The Box

    Jack Ïn The Box

    11 hours ago

    Probably Rampo San can solve this

  • Hudey

    Hudey

    12 hours ago

    I think he is just fucking with us

  • Nova/Animations

    Nova/Animations

    13 hours ago

    I swear he probably just slammed a keyboard

  • Eric Edwards

    Eric Edwards

    14 hours ago

    My theory of the meaning for the fourth code: Computer: Make a complex password lol 4 yr old kid: *bashes head against keyboard 13 times* Computer: Password: OBKRUOXOGHULBSOLIFBBWFLRVQQPRNGKSSOTWTQSJQSSEKZZWATJKLUDLAWINFBNYPVTTMZFPKWGDKTICDIGKUHUAGEKCAR ✔️

  • Black Net

    Black Net

    14 hours ago

    Like

  • VM knocks

    VM knocks

    14 hours ago

    Why if there is nothing.

  • ahmed 07070

    ahmed 07070

    14 hours ago

    I guess you can call her a crackhead *drum sounds*

  • J. Dacs

    J. Dacs

    15 hours ago

    Maybe they Created the Bitcoin?

  • J. Dacs

    J. Dacs

    15 hours ago

    I thought its was Crypto Not krypto

  • CJ Londonio

    CJ Londonio

    16 hours ago

    1:31 Like if you see DMV

  • Joshua Uriarte

    Joshua Uriarte

    16 hours ago

    CIA: Jim can we please have know what it says? Jim: No? There no fun in that. CIA ok then. News: the world known cryptographer has been found killed in him home with his room ransacked. Police do not know how he was killed nor do they have a suspect.

  • C5FA

    C5FA

    16 hours ago

    These people should be curing cancer

  • R.I.P Etika

    R.I.P Etika

    16 hours ago

    *Have you tried turning the computer off and on again?*

  • R.I.P Etika

    R.I.P Etika

    16 hours ago

    *Have you tried turning the code off and on again?*

  • Galactic Baller

    Galactic Baller

    17 hours ago

    He gets free food every year. I would tell them the code either

  • Erik Prado

    Erik Prado

    17 hours ago

    Fucc u and the code.... Has no benefit for human progress..so fucc u 2

  • Nova/Animations

    Nova/Animations

    13 hours ago

    oh shush yer face

  • Araxbella S

    Araxbella S

    17 hours ago

    Soooo did they crack the code or did I just waste 6 min and 22 second🙃

  • Nova/Animations

    Nova/Animations

    13 hours ago

    (also being a dork is a good thing)

  • Nova/Animations

    Nova/Animations

    13 hours ago

    You didn't waste it, you learned something new ya dork

  • NimmY N

    NimmY N

    17 hours ago

    What I would try move the first one over then two over, try new stuff. Maybe its a mixture of lots of decoding units put together.

  • Zarry

    Zarry

    17 hours ago

    I know it I’m not fibbing

  • Nova/Animations

    Nova/Animations

    13 hours ago

    Suuuuuuure

  • bad bitch

    bad bitch

    17 hours ago

    the week is long when blue meets yellow in the west

  • Nova/Animations

    Nova/Animations

    4 hours ago

    gosh dang it, i need to start binge watching that

  • bad bitch

    bad bitch

    5 hours ago

    Nova/Animations only stranger things fans know

  • Nova/Animations

    Nova/Animations

    13 hours ago

    I'm sorry, what

  • NTBs

    NTBs

    17 hours ago

    Send it to ISI

  • Warren Rama

    Warren Rama

    18 hours ago

    *6:07* when you can't find the art pieces * m i l d l y i n f u r y a t i n g*

  • 「ᴀ ʟ ᴀ ꜱ ᴋ ᴀ ɴ ガチャ」

    「ᴀ ʟ ᴀ ꜱ ᴋ ᴀ ɴ ガチャ」

    18 hours ago

    Jim Sanborn? I had a music teachers last year named John Sanborn.

  • Dylan Schroeder

    Dylan Schroeder

    18 hours ago

    how is there not a movie about this?

  • bhgty

    bhgty

    18 hours ago

    The battlefield 1 Easter egg community could crack this in a couple days

  • Kazuto Lu

    Kazuto Lu

    18 hours ago

    Huh? Took me over a century to figure if 2+2 is 4 or fish

  • wyromeja

    wyromeja

    18 hours ago

    I have an idea, maybe how many letters there are in that last segment are how many letters in the alphabet are away from the original letter, like if u agree

  • Nova/Animations

    Nova/Animations

    13 hours ago

    Try it out.

  • DeCodE

    DeCodE

    18 hours ago

    the code is bascially 7 years spamming their keyboard in roblox

  • Onii-chan

    Onii-chan

    18 hours ago

    ever try to use the position of light from the sun? plus, there's that well in the mix too...

  • Sk8tr Boi

    Sk8tr Boi

    19 hours ago

    Now just get Indiana Jones and you'll crack it.

  • Slyclone89

    Slyclone89

    19 hours ago

    its just backwards lmaoo

  • matthew chartrand

    matthew chartrand

    19 hours ago

    It says, "Be sure to eat your Ovaltine".

  • supreme Plays

    supreme Plays

    19 hours ago

    Niggas out her trying to solve kryptos when I cant solve a 10 piece puzzle

  • Tommy’s so funny

    Tommy’s so funny

    19 hours ago

    The 4th code probably is stuff surrounding it and the shape of it or how many sides there are, also the design, because half of the letters are straight on one side and the other u can see a slanting formation, just look up a picture, also how one side has a brown rock and the other has a white

  • Nova/Animations

    Nova/Animations

    13 hours ago

    Try it out

  • Tort

    Tort

    20 hours ago

    The last code: sksksksks periodt

  • Auditory Intelligence

    Auditory Intelligence

    20 hours ago

    Easter egg: 3:47 UX LNKX MH WKBGD RHNK HOTEMBGX

  • Lori Archer

    Lori Archer

    20 hours ago

    the earring knows the silent majority

  • Joshua Jowers

    Joshua Jowers

    22 hours ago

    Turns out the dude just put random letters for the whole thing knowing that the code crackers would come up with a solution that makes sense just to them and he would just affirm it...

  • Jamye Vidrine

    Jamye Vidrine

    22 hours ago

    Who wrote the code?

  • Dasoopydino

    Dasoopydino

    22 hours ago

    Section 4

  • Dasoopydino

    Dasoopydino

    22 hours ago

    It’s the 14 amendment

  • Dasoopydino

    Dasoopydino

    22 hours ago

    I know section 4 it’s the 14 admenent

  • BlueberryPolar

    BlueberryPolar

    23 hours ago

    The prize is a lifetime supply of gamer girl bath water

  • Nova/Animations

    Nova/Animations

    13 hours ago

    p e r i s h

  • Carrot

    Carrot

    23 hours ago

    Imagine that guy doesn't say anything in the meetings and just ends up getting free food lmao

  • Spacestacker2843

    Spacestacker2843

    23 hours ago

    The title literally says, “Cracking the uncrackable code” and all we got everything but that

  • ashano rommelaere

    ashano rommelaere

    23 hours ago

    The solution is: NEVER dig straight down in minecraft

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