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One Year Ago — KRYPTOS Sculpture Jim Sanborn : “This is the third and to be sure final clue.” [UPDATE : And then came a 4th clue!]

“I really do want Kryptos to remain secret – the plain text, the final section of Kryptos, I would prefer for it to remain secret indefinitely. (…) I would think that every artist would aspire to making an artwork that … Continue reading

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KRYPTOS 30 Years Anniversary — SECTION III : A Transposition Cipher

With trembling hands, I made a tiny breach in the upper left hand corner… widening the hole a little, I inserted the candle and peered in… at first I could see nothing, the hot air escaping from the chamber causing … Continue reading

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KRYPTOS 30 Years Anniversary — SECTION I : A KEYED Vigenère Cipher [And why does the CIA lie so much about it?]

“I have developed much too thick a skin to be surprised, let alone upset, by people telling me how that great CIA tells us the truth. If an organisation accustomed to lying tells you it is telling the truth, where … Continue reading

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KRYPTOS 30 Years Anniversary — History of the NSA Involvement

“Maintaining secrecy about the sculpture became a challenging part of creating Kryptos. Both Jim and I were under scrutiny by the media who wanted badly to know the answer. To be honest, I don’t know the answer. After Jim finished … Continue reading

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KRYPTOS 30 Years Anniversary — The Solution of Section II

“I really do want Kryptos to remain secret – the plain text, the final section of Kryptos, I would prefer for it to remain secret indefinitely. (…) I would think that every artist would aspire to making an artwork that … Continue reading

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KRYPTOS 30 Years Anniversary — How to Break a Vigenère Code

“When confronted with a puzzle or problem, we sometimes can lose sight of the fact that we have issued a challenge to ourselves–not to our tools. And before we automatically reach for our computers, we sometimes need to remember that … Continue reading

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KRYPTOS 30-Year Anniversary — Introduction : Sculpture Dedication Ceremony at the CIA (November 3 1990)

“Maybe you’re mistaken–maybe this first part of the Kryptos code is really not a polyalphabetic Vigenere Tableau after all–maybe it’s a different type of code entirely. Or maybe it is a Vigenere code, but it’s been double or triple encoded–or … Continue reading

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HistoCrypt 2021 [September 2021 — Amsterdam, Netherlands]

“A cryptographic system should be secure even if everything about the system, except the key, is public knowledge.” Auguste Kerckhoffs October 28 2020 — The International Conference on Historical Cryptology (HistoCrypt 2021) invites submissions of papers to its annual conference … Continue reading

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The KRYPTOS Sculpture — Jim Sanborn : “This is the third and to be sure final clue.” [UPDATE : And now, a 4th clue!?!]

“I really do want Kryptos to remain secret – the plain text, the final section of Kryptos, I would prefer for it to remain secret indefinitely. (…) I would think that every artist would aspire to making an artwork that … Continue reading

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KRYPTOS — More Lies from the New York Times and C.I.A. [UPDATE — CNN jumps on the bandwagon.]

“Why does the message of Kryptos contain intentional misspellings?” Nicole Daniels — New York Times (April 6 2020) “Thanks to @nytimes for featuring the Kryptos sculpture in Monday’s Lesson of the Day.” CIA — Twitter (April 8 2020) “Whoever is … Continue reading

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