Contribution: Jim Gillogly on Kryptos

Some time ago, I ToingToinged!! Kryptos – a cryptic sculpture standing in the courtyard at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). I mentioned that a Californian computer scientist and cryptographer named James (Jim) Gillogly was able to crack three of the four sections of the Kryptos (meaning “hidden” in Greek), code in 1999, using a Pentium computer. is obviously getting places, because I’d just received an e-mail from Jim Gillogly himself. Continue reading “Contribution: Jim Gillogly on Kryptos”

Decrypting the Kryptos

This may sound like a movie script, but it is completely true: in October 1990, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) headquarters at Langley (which, by the way, is not Langley,VA, as many believe, but the Langley suburb of McLean,VA, in case you plan to visit), unveiled a strange, intriguing sculputre named Kryptos (“hidden” in Greek), – by sculptor James Sanborn and cryptoman Ed Scheidt, ex-director of the CIA’s Cryptographic Center.

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