Check out the Most DIFFICULT Codes That Were Ever CRACKED! From breaking famous uncracked codes to some of the most mysterious ciphers finally solved using computer science, this top 10 list of incredible codes & ciphers that were finally figured out will amaze you!
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10. The Zimmerman Telegram
During times of war, messages are often sent in code to prevent the enemy from finding out about secret plans. Spies are everywhere, and if the message is ever decoded by an unintended recipient, it can change the course of history… and that’s exactly what happened in 1917.
9. The Battle of Midway
The Battle of Midway, which took place between the 4th and 7th of June, 1942, was one of the American military’s biggest victories over the Japanese navy during the second world war. In this battle over 3,000 Japanese sailors lost their lives and 4 aircraft carriers were destroyed, while the Americans lost 300 sailors and one carrier. It could have all been different, though, had US cryptographers not intercepted and decoded Japanese transmissions.
8. The Babington Plot
The Babington plot was an attempt, in 1586, to assassinate Queen Elizabeth the First, protestant daughter of King Henry VIII. The goal was to replace her on the throne with Mary Queen of Scots, who was her Roman Catholic cousin. On July 6th that year, Anthony Babington, encouraged by support from abroad (mostly Spain) wrote a long letter to Mary, who at the time was already in prison.
7. Olivier Levasseur
According to legend, the notorious French Pirate, Olivier Levasseur, managed to acquire a huge fortune during his piracy across the Caribbean and West Africa- most notably in 1721 when he and his crew captured a Portuguese treasure ship that had become grounded on a sandbar during a storm- an act that is said to be one of the greatest paydays in the history of piracy.
6. Poe’s Challenge
Edgar Allan Poe was a renowned writer and poet, known for his stories of mystery… but he was also fascinated with ciphers and codes. He even wrote a story, The Gold Bug, about the solution to one. In 1840, he wrote an article for Graham's magazine called ‘A Few Words on Secret Writing' in which he invited readers to send him coded messages for him to decipher.
5. Linear B
In 1900, among the ruins of a Bronze age palace in Knossos, Greece, archaeologists found a script that resembled nothing that had ever been seen before. Containing images of swords, chariots, and countless other small pictograms, this system of writing became known as Linear B and would prove to be a mystery for the following 50 years.
4. Frank Sidebottom
Frank Sidebottom was the papier-mâché headed comedy persona of English musician Chris Sievey. Throughout his career in the 80s and 90s, he fronted tv and radio shows and even reported for the local news. He created numerous newsletters and writings over this time, too, and these were often accompanied by symbols around them… ones that people long suspected had a meaning, but they couldn't work out what it was.
The Chaocipher was created by John Francis Byrne in 1918 and was what he described as being unbreakable… yet simple. So simple, in fact, that it only required two rotating discs that were small enough to fit into a cigar box and could be operated by a ten-year-old. He offered a cash reward to anyone who could crack it, but this is something that would never be claimed.
2. The Copiale Cipher
Created in the 1730s, the Copiale cipher is a 105-page manuscript that has baffled researchers ever since…That is until 2011 when it was finally decoded. Consisting of 75,000 handwritten characters; including arrows, shapes, runes, math symbols, roman letters, and Greek letters… there were only two examples of plain text in the entire book.
1. The Enigma Code
The Enigma was an enciphering machine used by the German armed forces during the second world war to send secure messages. Early on, Polish mathematicians had figured out how to read these messages, but once the Germans realized this, they began to change the cipher system daily, making it virtually impossible to decipher.
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