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D’agapeyeff Cipher (Top 10 Uncracked Codes)

September 24th, 2013 § in Others

The D’Agapeyeff cipher is an as-yet unbroken cipher that appears in the first edition of Codes and Ciphers, an elementary book on cryptography published by the Russian-born English cartographer Alexander D’Agapeyeff in 1939. Offered as a “challenge cipher” at the end of t[...]

Kryptos (Top 10 Uncracked Codes)

September 24th, 2013 § in Others

Kryptos is a sculpture by American artist James Sanborn located on the grounds of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Langley, Virginia, in the United States. Since its dedication on November 3, 1990, there has been much speculation about the meaning of the encrypted message[...]

Shugborough Hall Enscription (Top 10 Uncracked Codes)

September 24th, 2013 § in Others

The Shepherd’s Monument at Shugborough Hall carries a relief (pictured above) that shows a woman watching three shepherds pointing to a tomb. On the tomb is depicted the Latin text “Et in arcadia ego” (“I am also in Arcadia” or “I am even in Arcadia”). The relief is[...]

Chinese Gold Bar Cipher (Top 10 Uncracked Codes)

September 24th, 2013 § in Others

In 1933, seven gold bars were allegedly issued to a General Wang in Shanghai, China. These gold bars appear to represent metal certificates related to a bank deposit with a U.S. Bank. The gold bars themselves have pictures, Chinese writing, some form of script writing, and crypto[...]

Chaocipher (Top 10 Uncracked Codes)

September 24th, 2013 § in Others

John F. Byrne invented Chaocipher in 1918 and tried unsuccessfully for almost 40 years to interest the U.S. government in his cipher system. He offered a reward to anyone who could break his cipher but the reward was never claimed. In 1989, John Byrne, son of John F. Byrne, demon[...]

The Dorabella Cipher (Top 10 Uncracked Codes)

September 24th, 2013 § in Others

Probably Elgar’s most popular work is his ‘Enigma’ Variations which, apart from its undoubted musical merit, still tantalises the musical detectives with the hidden ‘secrets’ which Elgar cleverly wove into the fabric of the score. But Elgar, who was fascinated by codes,[...]

Beale Ciphers (Top 10 Uncracked Codes)

September 24th, 2013 § in Others

In 1885, a small pamphlet was published in Virginia containing a story and three encrypted messages. According to the pamphlet, around 1820 a man named Beale buried two wagons-full of treasure at a secret location in Bedford County, Virginia. He then left a small locked box with [...]

Linear A (Top 10 Uncracked Codes)

September 24th, 2013 § in Others

Linear A is one of two linear scripts used in ancient Crete (a third script is Cretan Hieroglyphs). They were discovered and named by Arthur Evans. Linear B was deciphered in 1952 by Michael Ventris and was used to write Mycenaean Greek. Linear A is far from being totally deciphe[...]

Voynich Manuscript (Top 10 Uncracked Codes)

September 24th, 2013 § in Others

At least 400 years old, this is a 232-page illuminated manuscript entirely written in a secret script. It is filled with copious drawings of unidentified plants, herbal recipes of some sort, astrological diagrams, and many small human figures in strange plumbing-like contraptions[...]

The Phaistos Disk (Top 10 Uncracked Codes)

September 24th, 2013 § in Others

The disc of Phaistos is the most important example of hieroglyphic inscription from Crete and was discovered in 1903 in a small room near the depositories of the “archive chamber”, in the north – east apartments of the palace, together with a Linear A tablet and pottery dat[...]