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March 29, 2011

01:49

Russian spies in the US.  American spies in China.  Are we in a new world order? Or are spies, James Bonds and encrypted messages still going on?

Do encrypted messages, code-breakers and spies still exist?  Yes.

  • The Zodiac killer ciphers
  • Linear A of the ancient Greek Minoan civilization
  • Kryptos
  • Kim Kardashian’s fame

To solve these complex and captivating ciphers, you need a few simple ingredients: time, mathematics and a fascination with the unknown. Professional cryptographers work around the clock at the CIA, M16 and MSS, to solve all sorts of past and present codes. Even amateur cryptographers have joined the fray…only they're usually stationed in their mother’s basements.

Host: Torah Kachur

Photo credits: Eon productions, Princeton.edu, Wikimedia User: Augusto Buonafalce, Mark Pellegrini, Jszigetvari, USAF, Jim Sanborn

References:
http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/magazine/17-05/ff_kryptos
http://www.vectorsite.net/ttcode.html
http://elonka.com/UnsolvedCodes.html

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