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Is Quantum Computing a Cybersecurity Threat?


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Insides of an IBM quantum computer

The insides of an IBM quantum computer.

Credit: IBM Research

Cybersecurity researchers and analysts are rightly worried that a new type of computer, based on quantum physics rather than more standard electronics, could break most modern cryptography. The effect would be to render communications as insecure as if they weren't encoded at all.

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