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Quantum Research Could Threaten Encryption Schemes
Written by Daniel   
Friday, 14 September 2007 11:28

New quantum computers implement algorithm capable of cracking most current encryption codes

SEPTEMBER 13, 2007 | 6:15 PM
By Tim Wilson
Site Editor, Dark Reading

Two groups of scientists have separately implemented computing schemes that threaten the assumptions made in modern encryption technology.
Now, we don't pretend to understand the quantum mechanics outlined in the papers filed by researchers at the University of Queensland and by Chao-Yang Lu at China's University of Science and Technology. But here's what we could get out of them:
Many current encryption technologies, such as RSA, rely on the difficulty of computing the prime factors in very large numbers. When cryptologists want to increase the difficulty of encryption, they simply increase the size of the numbers involved, making it harder for any computer to find the solution.... More     Comment in the Forums


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