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The Day Computers Can Break All Encryption Is Coming


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Quantum computing could be the key to penetrating all encryption schemes.

With quantum computing advancements threatening to expose all encrypted data, technology companies and security agencies are pursuing their own projects to preserve information safety.

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With quantum computing advancements threatening to expose all encrypted data, technology companies and security agencies are pursuing their own projects to preserve information safety.

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) said, "Whoever gets to true quantum computing first will be able to negate all the encryption that we've ever done to date."

Experts warned that a foreign power with a sufficiently powerful quantum system could hack the Internet's core nodes, and intercept and decrypt Web traffic in transit.

Scientists, companies, and federal agencies are working on new safeguards, like quantum-safe encryption algorithms; one strategy, lattice encryption, would encode data in a multidimensional "lattice."

Central to this is widespread agreement on a quantum-safe encryption standard, with IBM's Arvind Krishna forecasting a five- to 10-year window for its launch after such an agreement is reached.

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