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The NSA is building a quantum computer to crack almost every kind of encryption

06 Ian

New documents leaked by Edward Snowden reveal two NSA programs that seek to build a “useful quantum computer” that can break all known forms of classical encryption. Such a quantum computer would obviously give the NSA unprecedented access to encrypted communications, but a working quantum computer is also vital for defensive purposes: If someone else gets their hands on a quantum computer first, then it is the US government that will suddenly have all of its encrypted communications cracked wide open.

According to the documents leaked by Snowden and published by The Washington Post, there are at least two programs that deal with quantum computers and their use in breaking classical encryption — “Penetrating Hard Targets” and “Owning the Net.” The first program, Penetrating Hard Targets, is funded to the tune of $79.7 million and includes efforts to build “a cryptologically useful quantum computer” that can “sustain and enhance research operations at NSA/CSS Washington locations, including the Laboratory for Physical Sciences facility in College Park, MD.” The second program, Owning the Net, deals with developing new methods of intercepting communications, including the use of quantum computers to break encryption.

Sursa: extremetech

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