The creator of the legendary sculpture puzzles opened 5 more letters encrypted message
The head office of the Central Intelligence Agency is located in Langley, Virginia, 13 kilometers from the state capital. In the late 80's during the construction of the new building formed an empty place that decided to put some kind of installation. In 1988, the choice fell on James Sanborn.
Sanborn knew little about data encryption, so he had a good idea to prepare. Helped in this Эд Sheydt
, who just resigned as head of the cryptographic center of Langley. We had to leave the explanation of the way, and not to betray the secrets of the current CIA. Therefore Sheydt taught artist is not modern cryptography and encryption techniques period from the end of XIX century until World War II, methods that require only a pen and paper. In contrast, today's algorithms heavily rely on computers.
By November 1990, the sculpture was ready. During the two years of her work has been many attempts to find out the secret message. People literally climbed in the window, trying to record conversations and photograph objects in the studio. One morning, Sanborn has not found a heap of stone that has been in place yesterday evening. At one point he even thought that some forces in the CIA want to stop the project.
The text consists of four sections: K1, K2, K3 and K4. They are not designated on the decomposition into parts also had to think about. At the moment, only the first three were transcribed, the meaning of the fourth remains a mystery.
The creator believed that the first three parts of his creations decipher a few weeks, months maximum. But it took years. Sheydtu it seemed that the whole puzzle will need up to 7 years. He, too, was wrong.
The first three pieces of the puzzle decided CIA employee David Stein, who spent 400 hours on this lunch breaks. The decision was only ready by 1998, and its details have not left the caucus. Until 2013, outside the secret structures primacy attributed Stane.
Only much later learned
, that the first really were not themselves tsrushnik . Three employees of the US National Security Agency started work in 1992 and quickly realized that everything is encrypted by hand, without the use of computer technology. At K1 took only two days. The fourth part of the spent the day, but then realized that decoding K4 will leave prohibitively time consuming. By June 1993 the work on the first three sections was completed, and the CIA is proud to have sent a memo that a partial solution to the first tasks performed in the NSA.
16 months after Stein cryptanalyst from California James Gillogly razgadal
cipher parts K1, K2 and K3. The code has been cracked at the household computer with processor Pentium II. Only then did the CIA report on the details of hacking Stein.
A total of 869 sculptures of characters: 4 865 letters and question marks. They stamped on a piece of copper thickness of 1, 3 cm. This S-shaped roll attracts the most attention, although the installation, there are other elements. The cost is 250 thousand Kriptos. Dollars. The CIA like a sculpture. It is believed that it emphasizes the positive features of the organization: the craving for solving puzzles and curiosity.
The first section is encrypted шифром Vizhinera
, the second also uses letters to the right. In K3 uses a different method - transposition.
The first text.
BETWEEN SUBTLE SHADING AND THE ABSENCE OF LIGHT LIES THE NUANCE OF IQLUSION blockquote> In writing the words ILLUSION error is made, probably by design.
In the light shading and nuance is the absence of light illusion. Blockquote> The second text.
IT WAS TOTALLY INVISIBLE HOWS THAT POSSIBLE? THEY USED THE EARTHS MAGNETIC FIELD X THE INFORMATION WAS GATHERED AND TRANSMITTED UNDERGRUUND TO AN UNKNOWN LOCATION X DOES LANGLEY KNOW ABOUT THIS? THEY SHOULD ITS 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 X ID BY ROWS blockquote> Once again, errors, and the coordinates are in the место a few hundred paces from the sculpture. Nothing particularly interesting is not there. WW - it is CIA Director William Webster, the artist has confirmed it in 2005. April 19, 2006 Sanborn said that instead of FOUR SECONDS WEST ID BY ROWS should be FOUR SECONDS WEST X LAYER TWO. On the statue was missing an X at the end of K2. Relatively intelligent text wrong version ID BY ROWS - this is a coincidence. Rough translation:
He was totally invisible. How is this possible? Use a magnetic field of the earth. x Information was received and transmitted into the ground [or via underground pipelines] to an unknown location. x do they know about it at Langley? Should he be buried somewhere. x Who knows the exact location? Only WW. Here is his latest post: x thirty-eight degrees fifty-seven minutes six point five seconds north latitude, seventy-seven degrees eight minutes and forty-four seconds west longitude. x layer two. blockquote> The third text
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 Q? blockquote> This is a retelling of the diary entries of Howard Carter, who in 1922 discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun. Rough translation:
Slowly, desperately slowly, the remains of the wreckage, which was littered with the lower part of the passage, have been removed. With trembling hands I made a small hole in the upper left corner. And then, little by expanding it, I stuck a candle and peered inside. Hot air leaving the tomb and made the flames flicker, but the details of the room still appeared out of the darkness. x Can you see anything q? blockquote> 97 characters of the fourth section so far no one succumbed. Sanborn has deliberately made it more difficult, it will require a second level of cryptanalysis. The author claims that the final decision will require the presence of at Langley - ciphertext is some mystery. Just decoding is not over. Help in finding a solution can oddities in writing words from other parts.
Finally, the creator sometimes gives hints. Until recently, there was only one: four years ago, no longer a young James Sanborn said that in the original phrase is the word BERLIN, the end result is responsible for it a set of letters NYPVTT. The sculpture was created at a time of German reunification and the fall of the Berlin Wall, and Sanborn wanted to do something to mention this event in its creation.
New clue was the word CLOCK (clock as a device determining the time). Wired mentions , that it is "the next word in the sequence," but in the text where it is located is unclear. It remains to find the meaning of the remaining 86 letters K4.
More edition of Wired artist told about his love for Berlin hours, especially like the Теория sets . The device was created in the 70s of last century German designer Dieter Binningerom. Instead of numbers used sunbathing area on the dial . To check the current time, it is necessary to make some calculations. Lamps in each of the rows show the time in the five-fold notation. Price division downwards: 5:00, 1 hour, 5 minutes, 1 minute.
Who knows whether any hidden meaning that conversation. Perhaps, clock - a reference to the clock signal in cryptography. But the version of the clock which is more likely: a hint given in time for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
In K2 mentioned coordinates that a small error indicates a monument in the territory of the CIA, which is a gift of the government of Germany - all three plates from the same Berlin Wall. Error is exactly 4 seconds in latitude and longitude 4 seconds. On the other hand, inaccuracies can be caused by the fact that the monument was later discovered in 1992. Its location could change with respect to the original plans. Or maybe just a little Sanborn missed - an error in the sculpture can be not only tips, but simply errors.
In addition, in the second text mentions burying something. The third describes the process of obtaining access to disposal.
To put the statue could safely obscenity in encrypted messages, the artist has given a sealed envelope with the text of William Webster, head of the CIA. Known text and Ed Sheydtu who helped choose the encryption methods. At least, so thought themselves tsrushnik: as stated by the artist in 2005, he puffed out and showed them the wrong decision.
Sanborn hopes to trigger a new wave of interest in its installation and gradual clue latest mystery.