cryptography

Mysterious video with a masked stranger delivering secret codes, GPS coordinates, and encoded instructions to “kill the president”?

A strange cryptographic video began circulating a few days ago. One man found it in his email inbox. Another found it in on a DVD delivered to his postal mailbox and addressed from Poland. Yet another found it on a park bench. Then it appeared on YouTube, posted by “Parker Wright” and titled 11B-X-1371. From there it spread to various boards on the Internet, including a paranormal board on 4chan, where amateur encryption gurus began untangling the myriad of codes, clues, symbols, and masked music embedded throughout the video. Thus far, nobody knows what the intent of the video is but clues therein include the message “you are already dead” hidden within a graphical-spectrogram of the background music, the anagram “Kill the President” flashed in Morse Code,

Researchers one step closer to deciphering enigmatic Voynich manuscript

One step closer to cracking the Voynich Manuscript? The enigmatic Voynich Manuscript has puzzled cryptographers and historians for centuries but today, after botanists announced in the journal for the American Botanical Council that they had found matches for many of the plants depicted in the Voynich Manuscript, we may be one step closer to understanding the meaning of the 600-year-old codex.  How did botanist crack the code?  Rather than focusing on the words in the mysterious manuscript, the botanist focused on the pictures instead. Botanist Arthur O. Tucker stumbled across the discovery after recognizing one of the plants in the manuscript: "We were both immediately struck by the similarity of xiuhamolli/xiuhhamolli (soap plant ... sometimes known as the “Aztec Herbal”) to the plant in the illustration on folio 1v